Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Munising, Michigan, USA
Bikes: Gary Fisher Hodgepodge 26er Rigid
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Originally Posted by ghettocruiser
The rolling resistance on unpaved surfaces isn't noticeable, IMO.
I tend to agree. The penalty from studs on paved surfaces are very noticeable. But ride onto some hard-packed snow, or onto some glare ice, and the studs sink right in and their rolling-resistance penalty disappears. It's the same way that lugged tires "get better" when you ride off pavement onto soft dirt. I love riding studs on glare ice. I can really move out, and pedaling is easy.
Getting to the original poster's question, I would not consider running only a single, studded tire. My bones are well-worth the price of two tires, and so are yours
. Besides, you'll have much more fun if you aren't constantly worried about one tire or the other giving way underneath you.
Get two tires. You'll have so much fun, you won't even remember the cost.
And do visit the winter biking forum, as someone else suggested.