i have read a lot of different opinions about winter tires and i figured i would ask specific questions. i am going to be commuting regularly all winter in the mountains. i assume i will mostly be riding on plowed/semi-plowed/icy spots roads and never on roads that are actually snow covered. would a cyclocross tire work? is a studded tire that much better? are studded tires still fine on regular pavement?
next question. these tires are expensive, would buying just one help my traction? if i bought just one, would it make more sense to put it on the front or on the rear? i also have an extra front wheel laying around, i thought about buying one cyclocross tire for it and switching the front wheel on and off depending on the conditions.
i am trying to get decent traction for winter riding as economically as possible. thanks!