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?