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2' of snow calls for the serious snow tires...(9 posts)

2' of snow calls for the serious snow tires...biknben
Feb 18, 2003 5:53 AM
These are my homemade snow tires. I enjoy getting the shoveling done quick and venturing out on the neighborhood roads while everyone else is digging out.

We got anywhere from 16" to 2 feet of snow in Jersey over the weekend. Snow drifts make it hard to tell exactly how much. Anyway, once the plows do the main roads I head out to survey the damage on my bike.

Staging area:
I'm setting up my NightRider lights in the kitchen and putting on my layers.

Close up of front tire:
Nearly 300 screws.

Rear Tire:
This one only has 200 or so screws.

Sorry, no ride shots. It was in the single digits and windy. My wife took shots of me leaving but as luck would have it, they didn't come out.
How long did it take to modify the tires?(nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Feb 18, 2003 6:19 AM
5 hours over two days for this set...biknben
Feb 18, 2003 6:56 AM
It's the second set I've made so I'm getting quicker. The first set took days and wasn't nearly as good.

This time I used 3/8" hex head sheet metal screws. The hex head and drill bit don't require you to hold the screw with your hand when drilling. One hand on drill, other on tire. You get into a rhythm and keep going. I finished one tire then did the other the next day.
re: 5 hours over two days for this set...cyclopathic
Feb 18, 2003 7:14 AM
to tell the truth I was never compelled to waste 5hr and a pair of tires for something I can live w/o. Riding in snow is fun just drop pressure and work on balance ;-)
That's tractionKeeponTrekkin
Feb 18, 2003 7:21 AM
good for the frozen slush & chunks we get.
what happens when you hit dry pavement? nmDougSloan
Feb 18, 2003 7:23 AM
it's just wears fastercyclopathic
Feb 18, 2003 7:30 AM
to avoid potential flats put 2 layers of ducttape over screw heads.

However, I prefer to ride on regular tires. As the matter of fact I am looking forward to taking my mtb on ice/snow. by the time you're finished with ride your back/shoulders will ache from saves. It's like riding on superslick cobbles, only you have elbows well guarded and it's soft to go down.
Duct tape won't last long...biknben
Feb 18, 2003 8:29 AM
I've tried that. Even with round head screws. You might get one ride out of it. The duct tape will get shredded fast. I've tried multiple variations for puncture resistance. Duct tape, old tubes cut length-wise, tire liners. With this set I have been using Mr. Tuffy tire liners and slime tubes. Haven't flatted yet in 10 or so rides.

Before studs, I would just drop the tire pressure and go zig-zag down the street. That is fun too but gets old by the end of the street. Trust me, this is totally different. I blasted down empty roads to visit a couple friends who were digging out miles away.
I try to avoid it but...biknben
Feb 18, 2003 7:39 AM
The tires work best in hard pack. Off-road trails packed by snow mobiles are great. Paved roads that have gotten packed are also fun.

If I do find myself on bare pavement it feels like I have a flat tire. The screws squirm a bit like a tire would if at real low pressure. I try to avoid it but short streaches aren't a big deal.