where do you find the carbide studs
Carbide studs are available where automotive shops install winter tires. Many garages install studs for auto tires designed to accept them. I bought a box of a thousand. you may be able to find a shop that is willing to sell them individually.
I have 434 studs in both of my tires. 182 on the front and 252 on the rear.
Since the carbide stud is a very durable metal. There is no concern of them wearing down when used on roads with no snow or ice. They ride great on all surfaces. They can be used for several seasons with virtually no wear. I had another set from the 80's and the studs were still fine after the tires rotted out.Quote:
so how do the homemade studded tires compare w/ the store bought kind? I mean, does the bike handle the same? do you feel just as safe on the homemade version? I'd sure like to do something w/ all these knobby mtn bike tires I have lying around, but I also want to be safe in the winter for my 5 mile trips to the dentist and such. I'm solely a pavement rider and just wondered how the sheet metal screw studs would feel on the road (which will have ice and packed snow on it much of the winter here in NH) vs what the $100 carbide stud tires would ride like. Anyone know?