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Old 12-20-13, 11:44 AM   #26
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To each his own. I'll stick with purpose built tires.
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Old 12-20-13, 11:49 AM   #27
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This is insanity. I've put too many winter miles under my butt in this frozen hellscape to do anything but shake my head in disbelief. But hey, if you think it's a good idea knock yourself out.
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Old 12-20-13, 11:57 AM   #28
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To each his own. I'll stick with purpose built tires.
Do what you want to do. My specific reasons to keep my summer tires:
-schwalbe marathon plus tour that are very good against puncture to date
-i had pretty bad experience with my previous winter tires
-lots of tire liners that i spent time placing properly inside my schwalbe marathon tires that i don't want to move risking puncture
-the price (clamps + studs) 40$ for 2 wheels vs 80$ or even 180$ for 2 good winter tires
-my IGH that i find to be painful to change a (flat) tire especially at -30F
-to experiment
-because i can
-because it works
-because i use clamps for many things and that i find to be nearly as useful as tape or zip ties in general use

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Old 12-20-13, 12:03 PM   #29
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solve by taking the tire off first , then wrap hose clamps on the bare rim.


Nokian studded tires , now in their 22nd year of use. same pair.
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Old 12-20-13, 12:12 PM   #30
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I would hate to get a flat with that setup.
That would be fun to watch.
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Old 12-20-13, 12:15 PM   #31
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Another argument for dics breaks.
Hhhmmnn....going to disc brakes, just so you can zip tie your tires to your rim?? Not so.
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Old 12-20-13, 12:47 PM   #32
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I'm all for innovation when there is not a commercially-available solution to a problem, but there exists an array of studded winter tires from several different manufacturers that can all address this problem well. I'm in my second winter on Hakkapeliitta A10 studded tires, they are 700x32 size and an easy swap onto my bike from summer tires, and they work well on icy streets every time and have not flatted (I'm approaching 1000 miles on them so far).

I ride too many miles and depend on my tires for safety too much to consider anything less than these tires now that I have experienced how dependable they are.
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Old 12-20-13, 01:10 PM   #33
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Here are 2 different solutions. It is the kind of thing that you have to test it by yourself

Very nice staged studio shot. Love the lighting and soft shadows.

Got one of reality? Like, say, after a week of daily commuting?

This is the commuting forum, BTW. I think I can speak for most of us when I say I'm not interested in theoreticals. I'm interested in arriving at work safely, on time every time. Then doing the same coming home.

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Old 12-20-13, 01:17 PM   #34
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Very nice staged studio shot.

Got one of reality? Like, say, after a week of daily commuting?
Well it seems that you pretty much have made up your mind already so if you want to know more why don't you try it by yourself.

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This is the commuting forum, BTW. I think I can speak for most of us when I say I'm not interested in theoreticals. I'm interested in arriving at work safely, on time every time. Then doing the same coming home.
I have tested it myself, you?

My opinion on the subject is that i prefer stainless steel clamps over plastic or stainless steel cable ties since you have to invest into good ties that are pretty expensive without being able to reuse them which defeat the purpose of going cheap DIY. Assuming that you don't get flat tires pretty often, for temporary use in backcountry icy roads zip ties can be a solution tho. For in town and longer use not much.

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Old 12-20-13, 04:38 PM   #35
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People who use these zip tie and hose clamp tires do not commute everyday on city streets, and if they did commute everyday, they would purchase proper winter tires. In my experience winter commuting does not involve riding on snow and ice 100% of the time. A lot of winter riding is done on bare pavement on roads which have been salted. Every winter season has thaw out periods where some of the snow/ice melts and you have to ride on bare pavement. I just can't imagine riding 100+++ miles per week on some tires with zip ties or hose clamps. I hope that if there are any newbies reading this thread and thinking of starting winter commuting , that they will just ignore all the impractical BS and purchase proper winter tires.
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Old 12-20-13, 04:42 PM   #36
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I have tested it myself, you?
A 5 minute experimental joy ride in your local park, doesn't mean that those tires are practical for everyday commuting .
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