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    Newbie:fixed and studs ?

    Got my rear flipflop wheel from Ebay yesterday. Has plans to build up an old Gianni Motta for next summer,to see what fixedgear is about. But being impatient I wondered if I could use a small pepita Crescent frame from 73 to make a studded fixie. It has room for my Nokian 106 tires. Anybody riding fixies with studs ?

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    Your fixed hub is independent of the tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianjk View Post
    Your fixed hub is independent of the tire.
    At the feet of the sage the fool feels awe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plodderslusk View Post
    At the feet of the sage the fool feels awe.
    Best comeback to a snarky post ever.

    There was a thread about people using zip-ties and budget tire chains... there might be something there?

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    I run fixed and homemade studs on one of my MTBs for the winter. Your really only want studs on the ice, so once we get the first batch of ice I mount the studded tires and I leave this bike set up until winter is over. When it's not icy I grab a different bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by plodderslusk View Post
    Anybody riding fixies with studs ?
    I put a set of 700x35 Nokian W106 on my fixed. First thing I noticed, these tires are heavy! ~2 lbs each. The set weighs >2.5 lbs. more than my other set (700x28 bontrager race lite hardcase). I had to gear down to spin these tires comfortably. So be warned...

    Awesome on ice and compacted snow, couldn't have (quickly and safely) biked to work this past week without them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeroplane View Post
    Best comeback to a snarky post ever.
    heh...

    I just think it is funny how many "Can I use a threaded stem on my fixed gear?" type posts pop up around here. I think that people get way too into the whole "fixie" thing and forget that it is just a damn wheel.

    also a bunch of us in the winter biking forum ride fixed wheels and use studs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianjk View Post
    heh...


    also a bunch of us in the winter biking forum ride fixed wheels and use studs.
    My question reflects my rather anxious feelings about riding fixed in the snow into town to get to work. I just want someone to tell me that they ride fixed with studded tires and that it is no more difficult or dangerous than riding fixed with regular tires. Very reassuring to see the above quote.

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    Fixed gears are great for slippery conditions. You can feel when the rear wheel is losing traction and try to correct it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonelesschicken View Post
    Fixed gears are great for slippery conditions. You can feel when the rear wheel is losing traction and try to correct it.
    Correction, one is able to better feel when the rear is losing traction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knucks View Post
    Correction, one is able to better feel when the rear is losing traction.
    yes that's better

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    you can feel you are about to be on ur ass

    thats about it
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    I like to be notified in advance when I am about to look stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonelesschicken View Post
    I like to be notified in advance when I am about to look stupid.
    Heads up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doofo
    you can feel you are about to be on ur ass

    thats about it
    Actually, today I had the experience of having my rear tire (cross tire) slip in the snow while pedaling uphill. If I had been on a geared bike, I might not have known to power down a bit.

    BTW, I also just bought some Innova studded tires today. Looking forward to trying it out.
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    I run a studded front tire on my fixed mtb (prime winter bike) and a semi slick on the rear and do find that the feedback from the rear wheel really does offer a much higher degree of control under winter conditions.

    I have had very few traction issues despite increasing snowfall and slippery roads and the studded front tire ensures that the bike goes where it's pointed.

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