Running studs up front only...
I am new to riding on studded tires. Bought two 106's for my commuter in early December and have only used them a few times. This winter has been esp mild here in Pittsburgh and whatever the weather, the roads have been clear of snow & ice. So I thought I will experiment: split the difference, just run the studs up front to avoid any surprises and still ride faster in traffic.
Tuesday morning: 2"snow on everything, esp the roads. Put a studded tire on the front. Rode to work to see how a studded front & continental city-contact rear tire would work.
This worked ok. The trade off loss of speed wasn't too bad & I had more confidence riding fast through the snow/slush/ice/wet-pavement combinations. But once I got up to 25+ mph and hit a curving stretch, I realized that I couldn't brake w/out wiping out. So I feathered the brakes (favoring the front brake) & managed to slow down.
Does anyone else ride with this set-up? I know PWhite recommends against it but the roads I commute on are most often clear of ice. It seems dumb to run the studs & yet these conditions change daily & even hourly.
Last edited by meaculpa; 01-23-08 at 09:13 AM.