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Old 09-14-06, 04:58 AM   #1
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Traction for 20"/406 tires

I'm looking at getting a folding bike with 20"/406 wheels, and it doesn't look like anyone makes studded tires in that size. Are there any alternatives for that size...?
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Old 09-14-06, 05:24 PM   #2
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I think Innova makes 20" studded tires, but as far as I'm concerned, you might as well burn your money.

I had an Innova 700x35 studded tire. The studs didn't last long, and the thread is deep but the rubber is so hard that the tire was very slippery. And to add to the insult, I had 2 flats in the 2 weeks I used that tire. My summer slick (Continental Top Touring) had much more traction in snow and on ice.

Other non studded tires that proved very effective for Winter commutes (in 700c):
- Specialized Cyclocross
- Vittoria Cyclocross
- Continental Mount & Ground
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Old 09-15-06, 01:23 PM   #3
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Here is your 20" studded tire:
http://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...6373&c=3792957
Heavy and slow but one of the cheaper models.
Also lots of BMX tires have various levels of knobbies.
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Old 09-15-06, 09:16 PM   #4
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Gaerlan offers the Innovas:

http://www.gaerlan.com/bikeparts/par.../wheelbmx.html

Ordered from them before. Good people. The Innova tires don't have a good rep but may be one of few available to us.
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I just took a pair and put sheet metal screws through them...
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Old 09-18-06, 01:39 AM   #6
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Thanks, guys!

The Innova tires are a tempting ready-made solution, but I think I'll go with wethepeople's idea... I'll just get some aggressive-ish BMX tires and shoot some screws in.
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