Based on your expansive experience, what is my best tire/combination option?
Do I commute with studs at the first sign of frost ‘till spring?
Do I swap studs with my slicks as conditions dictate?
Do I swap studs with cross tires (yet to be purchased) as conditions dictate?
Do I put studs on my mountain bike and keep slicks on my commuter and swap bikes as conditions dictate?
Do I put studs on my mountain bike and put cross tires on my commuter and swap bikes as conditions dictate?
I commute 13miles one way. My only route option is a single lane country road, without a shoulder, and slight rolling hills. They don’t do a great job of plowing the roads in the area. Depending on the year/month the road may be clear of snow/ice for weeks at a time or snow pack for weeks at a time.
I currently commute on a hybrid with 25c slicks. I bought Nokian studded tires that fit the hybrid but they are heavy! (875grams) (Not that I’m a gram counter… but I’m a wimp!) I could return the tires for MTB studs.
I bought my commuter (Fuji Royale) as a commuter specific bike because I wanted to keep my mountain bike as a mountain bike. (Although I’m not exactly sure why… as I rarely ride it that way!) But I won’t be mountain biking during the winter.