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Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, you don’t need an ag­gres­sive tread pat­tern for wet tar­mac since grip from a road bike tyre on tar­mac at rel­a­tively low speeds is ad­he­sive rather than me­chan­i­cal, re­ly­ing on the rub­ber com­pound rather than knobs. How­ever, al­though a sum­mer tyre will grip just as well as a win­ter tyre, a ded­i­cated win­ter tyre is tougher and of­fers bet­ter punc­ture pro­tec­tion so un­less you use them you’re likely to spend a dis­pro­por­tion­ate amount of time stand­ing by the side of the road while your club-mates get colder and crosser.

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