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Old 09-20-15, 06:40 PM   #1
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Best Non-Studded Winter Tires?

Hello Everyone!
I use my bike all year around to commute to my classes on Michigan State University's campus. I've just been using the tires that came on my 20" folding bike and they don't have much tread at all. I'm wanting to get some nice knobby tires that will do better during the winter months.

I don't want medal studded tired as on campus near the buildings the sidewalks are heated so I wouldn't want to damage the studs, rendering them useless. But the parking lot for commuters is a few miles off campus so a good knobby "all-terrian" tire is what I'm looking for I think.

I know I have a few months out before I need these, but I'm just trying to plan everything before hand and hopefully get my hands on an extra set of rims as well to make swapping them back and forth super easy.

What are your thoughts?

My tire size is 20x1.25"


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Old 09-20-15, 10:19 PM   #2
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Hello Everyone!
I use my bike all year around to commute to my classes on Michigan State University's campus. I've just been using the tires that came on my 20" folding bike and they don't have much tread at all. I'm wanting to get some nice knobby tires that will do better during the winter months.

I don't want medal studded tired as on campus near the buildings the sidewalks are heated so I wouldn't want to damage the studs, rendering them useless. But the parking lot for commuters is a few miles off campus so a good knobby "all-terrian" tire is what I'm looking for I think.

I know I have a few months out before I need these, but I'm just trying to plan everything before hand and hopefully get my hands on an extra set of rims as well to make swapping them back and forth super easy.

What are your thoughts?

My tire size is 20x1.25"


Thanks!
Studs offer the best grip on ice. Tread has little impact i'm afraid. If you want all terrain tires, learn how to ride on ice without studs as how you ride (your behavior) is probably as important if not more important than the type of tires you have. I don't use studs much here in Canada and i'm perfectly fine. In fact the only time i fell during the last decade was with studs on. A few tips when riding without studs:
-be extra careful
-always assume there is ice
-turn slowly without thrashing the bike
-always break with the rear
-go for the less busy roads if you can
-never let your guard down
-put studs on your shoes (in case of emergency having studs on your shoes will prevent you from falling)
-last point means no clip
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Old 09-20-15, 10:34 PM   #3
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Studded tires won't get wrecked riding over the heated sidewalks.
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As Bikemig said, the heated sidewalks won't be problem for studs. But you should make sure the studs are carbide-tipped. Both Nokian and Schwalbe make carbide-tipped studded snows that should last for years. FWIW
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They heat the sidewalks? I've never heard of that? Is this MSU?
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