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Supposed to SNOW here tomorrow...(9 posts)

Supposed to SNOW here tomorrow...huffer
Nov 23, 2003 9:21 PM
Good thing one of my rides comes with snow tires. Looking forward to it actually.
re: Are those studded snow tires?hudsonite
Nov 24, 2003 4:04 AM
Did you put on studded snow tires? If so, what type did you buy? Have you used them yet? Studs on the center blocks or only on the side?

I am looking at getting a pair and am looking for some advice. Thanks,
Road use or Off-road use???biknben
Nov 24, 2003 6:20 AM
I have two pairs of home-made studded snow tires. They are great on snow covered trails and roads. I could post some pics if you're looking for ideas.
Looking for tires for snow covered roadshudsonite
Nov 24, 2003 6:26 AM
I have been shopping for winter tires for my trail bike. Mostly for snow covered country roads. Also thought about trying to ride on the frozen lake. There are times in the winter when the lake is wind blown and down to ice. Thought it would be fun to try!

I have seen two types of studed tires. One with studs down the center blocks and on the side. The other with studs only down the side blocks. I am not sure what would be best. I can see the advantages to both. Any insight would be appreciated.
Pics of what I have...biknben
Nov 24, 2003 7:37 AM
This is the second pair I have made so I've had some practice. The screws are 3/8", self-tapping, sheet metal screws with hex heads. I bought them at Home Depot for about $10 per 100.

I prefer hex heads because you don't need to hold the screw with your hand when you put them in. I use a drill with a magnetic hex head bit. One hand on the drill, other hands holds the tire.

Each wheel has Mr. Tuffy tire liners and slime tubes. I don't have problems with flats as long as the liner covers the screw heads.

Front tire is a Specialized Team Control and has just over 300 screws. They are through each of the three center lugs. I space them wider on the front for better turning control.


Rear Tire is a Conti Pro 1 and has just over 200 screws. Two in aech of the long center lugs. Since the rear tire doesn't need turning control, it's just important to put the screws in the center.


This setup has worked awesome on hardpacked roads or trails. They would be perfect for back roads that have been plowed but remain snow covered. The key is that you need snow. If you hit bare spots the screws get really squirmy because of their length.

If your ride will consist of both snow covered and bare roads, this setup won't be ideal. The screws get really squirmy on bare pavement and hard ice. In that case I'd go with a shorter screw or some of the tires by Nokian.

The Nokian studded tires have hardened studs that will wear better on bare pavement. They are great for occasionally snow covered roads or ice (winter commuting). They are shorter so they won't squirm but they also won't bite as well in deeper stuff.
That is what I call "serious studded tires"hudsonite
Nov 24, 2003 8:46 AM
Very cool. Would love to try them on a snow covered road or trail. They look like they would also be a blast across a bindblown snow covered lake.

They would probably not work for me for my intended purpose. We gets lots of snow, but the roads get cleaned very quickly. It is about a 5 mile ride to get to the snow covered roads. I need something that is going to work on ice, snow and dry roads.

Thanks for the pics. I might just try a pair of Nokian's.
Did you pre-drillHedgehog
Nov 25, 2003 8:30 AM
or how did you get the screws lined up so well?
Sorry for the late response...biknben
Dec 2, 2003 1:48 PM
No, I didn't pre-drill.

If you push on the lugs from the outside you can see the outline from the inside. In some cases I missed the lug or came out the side of it. I'd then back them out and try again.
Ben, you are one twisted puppy =)KG 361
Dec 2, 2003 7:39 PM
Good idea, really. If I showed up to work on that bike, they would lock me up for sure.