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    Hi all I am thinking of making my own studded tires for this winter and am torn on whether to use scews like in this post here Studded Tires: Make your own in 7 easy steps or som of the others I have seen done with 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
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    I vaguely remember an old Bicycling magazine article on this. In this case , they installed some kind of studs into the square blocks of the ATB tire and used the center section of an old tire on the inside, to prevent the newly installed studs from puncturing the tube. Perhaps you can archive this article from Bicycling. Many moons ago IRC used to manufacture a tire called the Blizzard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BR@VO View Post
    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.

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    You should check out the tyres the guys make for ice races.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dabac View Post
    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.
    That is what I saw in the other article over on in www.instructables.com they used stainless steel pop rivets
    and washers from the inside out.
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    There is a sticky in the winter forums. I made both studded tyres and chains last year.

    I think Sixty Fiver is the one that suggested not putting studs in the middle (rolling) section of the tyre, just on the sides. If you do it the right way you get lighter wheels and studs only engage when yiu start sliding.

    I use screws w flat head (sheet screws) from the innside out.

    I like chain since they donot destroy anything if you need to take tha bike innside the house or car. Works great, but maybe not for a super light rider?
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    I used round-head screws. Driven in from the inside, protected by Mr. Tuffy. Didn't run any down the middle of the tread. I only used 48 screws 1/2" long. I equipped a front wheel only. Only put about 50 miles on it last year, but the screws worked great and seem to be ready for next year. They only saw bare pavement for about a mile or two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    .. I only used 48 screws 1/2" long.
    I'd be wary of such a low stud count, but maybe it's your sizeable protrusion that's making it work. I've gone from 100 to 140 and will be running 160 this winter.

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