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    Studded Tires or hang up the bike?

    I made the leap and purchased some studded tires for my hybrid. $$$$ 700 x 35 just fits under my fork and they have to be deflated to get them past the break pads when installing/removing, but they do fit. Because of family, school, and work responsibilities I am only able to commute 2 times a week by bike. Based on my carís wear and tear savings, which I put towards my bike based on miles commuted, it will take me 9 weeks to pay for (justify) the tires. It will take another 9 weeks to pay for the extra cloths that I need to buy. (Keep in mind I bought a new bike that still requires 110 commutes to justify)

    18 weeks encompasses most of the winter, and thatís assuming that I will continue to think this commuting stuff is fun, and that I will continue to commute twice a week. I started commuting July 19th so I still consider myself a beginner at this, which means the novelty period isnít over yet. Itís easy to sit here in my 72F office and say that Iím willing to bike in sub zero weather. Itís another thing to get my lazy @$$ onto a bike when itís cold enough for your nostrils to freeze. But then again, its only money right!

    So the question remains; do I return the tires and get some more sensible year round tires to replace my slicks and forgo the extreme weather riding? Or do I through caution and money to the wind and join the rest of you lunatics that bike in the extremes of winter?

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    Only you can make those decisions. Keep in mind that road salt can also be a problem for cars -- I paid over $4,000 some years ago for bodywork, mostly rust-related.

    There are also advantages to having two winter vehicles. If you don't want to ride, you have the car. If the car won't start, or your driveway/street is unplowed, you have the bike. Bikes are limited in their ability to deal with deep snow; cars lack studs and are limited on ice. Traffic jams can make car commuting in the snow impractical in some areas. I like having options in winter.


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    Rainbabe says anytime I am riding it my bike is studded. Oh, you mean those little pointy things! Never mind.
    If it ain't broke, mess with it anyway!

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    If you bought tires with carbide studs, they'll last you more than a year. The extra clothes will also last you a heckuva lot longer than one season, as will the bike. You'll probably also be getting more exercise than you would otherwise, which will help save you dollars elsewhere.

    Your call.

    I'd ride.

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    Regarding fitting the wheels, most brake systems have a quick release so that you can fit a fully inflated tyre through the pads.
    Do you have V or cantelever brakes?

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    They are V brakes and the back of the pads hit the inside of the fork blades. Even the stock 25c tire is snug slipping past the pads when it's inflated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madhouse

    18 weeks encompasses most of the winter,
    Wow winter really lightened up since I left the Range.

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    Try riding...its only money. Some days will hurt 'cause of the cold, but others will be just beautiful out there crunching down the street on your studded tires.

    Don't forget a good light set up for those darker rides.

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    I have been thinking about winter biking....but I am concerned about ditching it in the middle of the road and getting run over.......dead.

    My wife would not forgive me.

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    The streets are rough, but they keep the bike path (around Wascana Lake and so on) pretty clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaskCyclist
    I have been thinking about winter biking....but I am concerned about ditching it in the middle of the road and getting run over.......dead.

    My wife would not forgive me.
    My wife had similar thoughts when I told her that I was planning on commuting year round. But she phrased it; "If you get run over biking to work, I will kill you!"

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    I don't know. When the weather really gets bad (shoot - where are you at?) here in PA, people drive very slowly, and there's not much traffic. I'm not sure that it would be that much more dangerous than commuting in good weather when nobody is afraid to do 50mph down a 25mph street.

    And all other arguments aside, following the lunatics may not always be the most productive thing to do, but it's usually pretty interesting. Quality of life cannot be measured in dollars and cents. Go with the lunatics.

    EDIT: Ok you're in Minnesota, so I guess drivers are not intimidated by a little snow and ice on the road. In that case it could be dangerous.

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