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Apprehensive about riding the Fixed on ICE and SNOW!(8 posts)

Apprehensive about riding the Fixed on ICE and SNOW!Trevo
Dec 11, 2003 9:23 PM
I have my winter clunker. A coaster brake Haro Extreme mountain bike with a front studded tire and big cruiser bars. That thing handles in the snow, but theres lots of rolling resistance. Iam just not sure that my Trek even with its 700X35C Michelin tires can handle the ice?
Should I make with the studded tires again? I plan on commuting all winter so I might as well invest in the hardware to make studded tires.
Any insight?

May be make myself out to be an idiot but here's what I've heardSwat Dawg
Dec 12, 2003 2:01 AM
I have heard that riding a fixed gear on ice is atually easier than a gearie. The explanation is that because you are directly apply the braking force to the rear wheel with your legs, you have better feel for the force it takes to skid ans so forth. Don't shoot the messenger, I'm just repeating. I should say, I've only ridden fixed on the track a few times, and wasn't all that great. In any case, I guess the advice is worth what you paid for it.

Swat Dawg
Dec 12, 2003 11:24 AM
Snow will be fun. It's usually quite predictable. Meanwhile, ICE is mayhem without spikes/studs. The question would be how to build up studs on 35c tires without making them total hogs. alumnum rivets? Surely there's an appropriately sized machine screw that would be ok.

What you *really* need is a tire built with a gritty material, like abrasive brake pads. I wonder if it's possible to take some shoe gu and some sand or whatever and create a coating to brush onto the tires. hmmmm I may be on to something. No riding on the hardwood floors. ;^)

good luck
having fallen on the iceclimbo
Dec 18, 2003 8:11 AM
while riding a fixed gear I'd say just don't do it without spiked tyres, you'll hurt yourself. Once you slip, you're gone, no chance to put a foot down, hitting hard ice is not fun.
re: Apprehensive about riding the Fixed on ICE and SNOW!cmgauch
Dec 12, 2003 11:40 AM
Nashbar has studded tires for like $30 ea.

I have Conti City Grips on my cross bike and I really like them - in any condition. I had them in the snow last weekend & they were great. For ice though, its hard to beat the studs.
There isent getting out of making a light studded tire.Trevo
Dec 12, 2003 12:19 PM
The thing I'd be more worried about is the studs hitting the frame. Course I dont make studded tires like everyone else. I use machine BOLTS and use NUTS to secure them on the outside of the tire. SO you not only have the surface contact of the bolt, but the nut too.
got a pic?blackhat
Dec 12, 2003 9:59 PM
Id like to see that in practice. how many bolts and of what size do you use?
My two cents...biknben
Dec 15, 2003 11:27 AM
I have mulitple pairs of studded MTB tires that I use off-road. I'm getting a pair of 700c tires soon (on my x-mas list). Rather than make these myself, I've chosen to buy a pair of Nokians.

I would recommend small and tightly spaced studs for ice riding. To do this by yourself, you spend hours putting screws into a tire and then spend a couple more with your Dremel tool filing them down. What you end up with is essentially a pair of Nokian tires with studs that won't last nearly as long.

The Nokian tires will end up costing you just over $100 but IMO will be better quality and more durable than anything you could make. Also, the only labor will be putting them on the rim.