Originally Posted by BR@VO
Hi all I am thinking of making my own studded tires for this winter and am torn on whether to use scews ... or rivets? anyone got any pref's as to which is better??? down here in Okie country we get more ice than snow if that helps
Rivets are more expensive than screws, and would be a tedious assembly job. If you intend to use pop-rivets I'm not even sure that they would clamp properly or compress straight through the rubber. You might have to use a washer on the outside.
The guy in the link ran the screws from the outside in, which I find odd. I'd prefer using wide head sheet metal assembly screws from the inside out. A few layers of duct tape as a liner and the tires are done.
But then I've got to admit that the odds of me having a go at it again are fairly slim. Even if you use sheet metal screws you get studs that are far softer than the real deal, and it doesn't take many miles of dry surface to wear them down.
But sure, if you have a bike that's a dedicated plaything, and only ever gets used on on the appropriate surface then I guess you can get some useful snow tires that way.