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    How would I set-up a trike?

    I have an all weather commuter, equipped with 26x1.75 studded tires when necessary, slicks when not.

    Last year I had three falls, really due to frozen tire ruts hidden beneath fresh snowfall. None produced injury, but any one of them could have inflicted damage on my 62 YO body.

    I bought my son a Worksman trike this Summer, and am seriously considering fitting it with the studded tires for Winter workouts.

    Having two, would you put one on the drive wheel and one on the front? That's my initial line of thought. The freewheel side rear does nothing but hold the trike up, after all.

    Thanks for the thoughts.

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    How do the studded tires work on your all weather commuter? Need three studded tires for the trike, to do other would invite chaos with traction.

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    Senior Member North Coast Joe's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leebo View Post
    How do the studded tires work on your all weather commuter?
    They work well, really. The falls were really in most difficult conditions where there were deep ruts from car tires that had frozen solidly, and were covered and concealed by deep, freshly fallen snow. Two of the falls were within a dozen feet of each other....just tough to steer and keep the rear end underneath me. The tires performed well other than that one day that I should have stayed home, I suppose.

    On this trike, the left rear tire is the only driven wheel from the coaster brake hub. Likewise, the coaster brake only affects the same wheel. The right rear spins freely in either direction, and is not driven or affected by the coaster brake. The front axle is equipped with a drum brake and provides steerage, hence is a natural for a studded tire. Thus, my thoughts that I could get away with my two studded tires. That right rear wheel just holds one side of the back end off the ground.

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    Uneven traction would lead to problems, IMHO. My mount and grounds are only like $ 65.00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leebo View Post
    Uneven traction would lead to problems...
    Point taken. Thanks. When I think about it, taking the cheap way out leads to more hassles and appears dorky... I'd hate my bikes to look half-assed. Three new 26x2.0 studded, please!

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    I saw a video a couple years ago of a guy riding a delivery trike in the snow with two wheels up front and one in back. He was having fun doing slides and donuts, but then hit a rut and flipped over sideways. Still, I think. had he not been paying, he would have been Perry stable.
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