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Old 12-16-08, 07:35 AM   #1
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Studded tires for a road bike?

This year I'm trying to cycle year round in Boston. The ice/snow is the main thing that could stop me. I've heard of studded bicycle tires. Can anybody recommend such a beast? Anybody have any experience with them?

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depends on the maximum tyre clearance your frame and fork has.
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depends on the maximum tyre clearance your frame and fork has.
I ride a 2007 Jamis Aurora - it's a touring bike with cantilever brakes - so lots of clearance I think.
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This year I'm trying to cycle year round in Boston. The ice/snow is the main thing that could stop me. I've heard of studded bicycle tires. Can anybody recommend such a beast? Anybody have any experience with them?

Thanks!
I too am looking for studded tires for my mountain bike. See recent threads on this Forum, including "More studded tires": MORE studded tires... and in particular check out this link:

http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/studdedtires.asp

Peter White writes this comment:

"I Have a Racing Bike!

"I'm sorry you have a racing bike. Really, I am. The reason I'm sorry is that nobody makes a studded tire that will fit on any modern road racing bicycle. Racing bikes typically come with 700x23mm (23-622) tires. If you look at the clearance between your tires and those parts of your bike that the tires come close to, you'll see that there is probably no more than 4mm or 5mm clearance at some points. And at the top of the tire, particularly where the tire goes under the front brake, you could have as little as 3mm of clearance.

"Since the smallest 700c (622) studded tire is 32mm, measuring about 30mm tall and wide, there is simply no way that they will fit in most racing frames."
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I have been riding the Kenda Klondikes on my Cross Check this winter. 700x40 if your bike can fit them, but so far they are great!
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From another post

I posted the below post in another thread just a few minutes ago. See below. Also, I like these tires because on either hardpack or or clean roads, you run them with higher pressure. Heavier snow, you lower the air pressure to engage the studs. See the below link from PWC for a picture. I have one set of 40's left at my store.

http://peterwhitecycles.com/studdedtires.asp

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Looks like you got what you are looking for, but just a heads up, you should look at the A10's from Nokian. You remarked that you were looking for a lower rolling resistance which these have the lowest of the studded tires do to the fact of where they place the studs (more on the sides vs on the center of the tread). They also have a slightly lesser tread too. I own the 40's and love them. As for the issue of the size of the tire on your rim, I cannot speak to that personally, but I can tell you I had 37's on a pair of Ksyriums for a few weeks while I got new rims during the summer and had no problems.

Lastly, if anyone else is looking I can get you a pair of these for cheap (Nokian A10's). Probably around $40.00 each. Let me know. Would ship out of Buffalo NY.

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