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Re: Going to look at a '71 B tomorrow

 To: "Max Heim" Re: Going to look at a '71 B tomorrow "Paul Hunt" Sat, 18 Dec 1999 14:13:30 -0000
 ```Widthwise, lengthwise, makes no odds. For a given weight of car the pressure per square inch onto the snow is inversely proportional to contact patch size. A narrower tyre of a given diameter doesn't have a longer patch, it has a narrower one with the same length. Think also about the different skid characteristics of skis and crampons. PaulH. ----- Original Message ----- From: Max Heim Cc: MG List Sent: Friday, December 17, 1999 6:41 PM Subject: Re: Going to look at a '71 B tomorrow > Matt is right. Tire pressure and weight of car are the determining > factors of contact patch size. Wider tires just make it a different > shape; i.e. extended crosswise. But for the purpose of snow braking, it > may very well be that you want the patch extended lengthwise, as it would > with narrow tires. > > Matt Pringle had this to say: ```
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