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Ice Tires… need some help!!(3 posts)

Ice Tires… need some help!!JBergland
Dec 12, 2003 6:46 AM
I'm looking for some recommendations for home-make ice tires. There is an up-coming Ice Crit race and from what I've been told, commercial studded tires are next to worthless compare to what the home-made market brings (race will be run on a lake... 95% pure ice). I'm particularly interested in studding patterns and stud length. Pics or links to pics would also be nice.

Thanks You!!

JBergland (nm)treebound
Dec 12, 2003 9:11 AM
Some help...biknben
Dec 12, 2003 9:17 AM
I wrote about my tires a couple weeks ago: biknben "Supposed to SNOW here tomorrow..." 11/24/03 7:37am

I wouldn't agree that Commercial tires are worthless. They have small studs that are very tightly spaced. That's exactly what you want on ice. I think a pair of Nokian tires would be perfect for ice.

The problems associated with home-made tires is that people skimp on the number of screws. I also haven't found screws that are less than 3/8" long that you can actually work with. Any smaller than that and they become difficult to hold and drill.

If you insisted on making them yourself, I'd recommend you do something similar to mine but file down the screws so only a couple milimeters are exposed. This will provide the traction but won't be unstable. IT would be much easier to buy a pair of Nokians.

FWIW: My tires are not intended for ice. I use them for hardpacked trails or snow-covered roads. The screws dig into the snow and it's a thing of beauty. :-)