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Old 11-29-10, 03:12 PM   #26
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I just do front. From my perspective, we don't get enough snow here to justify the expense/trouble of swapping out two wheels on snow days. I just have to watch my speed on right turns.
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Old 11-29-10, 03:32 PM   #27
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I only run studded front and as this is my first year using it, i have it mounted on aanother wheel and just throw it on the bike when needed, but since last tues which is when i first used it, its still on it really doesn't feel like fall very unusual for boise
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Old 11-30-10, 09:31 AM   #28
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Yeah it's a forecast thing. If the ground is still warm, the snow wont last and the stuff that would be ice is just slush. Slicks run pretty good on slush, although it is quite the mess. I'm more or less waiting for "real" ice. I'll be rinding on them for about 4 months or so. There's no hurry to mount them.
The problem with slush though is that it can refreeze overnight. That's bad news for slicks.
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Old 11-30-10, 09:34 AM   #29
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On the other hand, two blocks of my commute are on polished ice, where I just take it easy and put a foot down if I have to. After awhile you get used to it, though I'd think about studs if I had to spend more time on ice.
The one time I crashed on ice, I was on the ground before I even realized what had happened. For me anyway, there wouldn't have been enough time to put a foot down to catch myself.
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The one time I crashed on ice, I was on the ground before I even realized what had happened. For me anyway, there wouldn't have been enough time to put a foot down to catch myself.
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Old 11-30-10, 05:06 PM   #31
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I watch the forecast. If I expect snow or ice I put them on. If the extended forecast looks clear I take them off. I've found I can switch both tires in 30 minutes or so. Bad conditions are intermittant enough around here it doesn't make sense to leave them on all winter.

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Old 12-01-10, 12:39 AM   #32
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If I have to shovel then the studs go on. Mine went on last week after 4 solid days of snow forcast. They will stay on till last snow of season. Last year they went on in December and came off in May. Put on over 300 miles and wore them out. This year who knows but I would rather ride studs on pavement then ride pavement on skin.
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This is the first year that I have used studded tires. I already have them on the bike and plan on using them all winter. They are Schwalbe Marathon Winters, so they roll reasonably well even on dry pavement, which is why I got them. Last year I went down on ice twice, the worst being when it was 45 degrees out. Wasn't expecting ice since it was so warm, but the ice was hiding in a shaded area. Went down quick and slid under a car. Thankfully it was parked, but not taking that risk again. The ice will get you the worst when least expected.
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Old 12-01-10, 08:18 AM   #34
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Put on over 300 miles and wore them out.
What tires do you use? I can't imagine a tire wearing out in only 300 miles. I would need several pairs to make it through a winter if they wore out that quickly.
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Old 12-01-10, 08:38 AM   #35
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What tires do you use? I can't imagine a tire wearing out in only 300 miles. I would need several pairs to make it through a winter if they wore out that quickly.
+ plenty. My Nokians are on their 6th year maybe, I forget. Early years they did not get much mileage, but lately definitely more than 300 miles per winter. No problems.

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Old 12-02-10, 12:28 PM   #36
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First time I see frost on a window anywhere or piece of bare metal. Means we're probably going to have some nasty weather day very soon like freezing rain, a hard freeze the night after rain, or snow which melts just in time for a freeze overnight.

I use studs front and back. I'd rather not go down in front of a truck because I was being a cheapskate. I leave them on all winter; if there's no ice in sight, i'll just ride on the studs. I'm slightly slowed down, big deal! I'll be a stronger rider when the leaves come back for it anyways, and I already planned my trip times around the studs.
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Old 12-02-10, 11:40 PM   #37
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Snow near Bellingham is often associated with northeast Canadian winds, so we'll go from forties and rainy to teens at night and low 30s during the day, we just had a week below 33F and the ice was as smooth as 35mph winds could made it, esp on the unsanded residential streets. Main roads are sanded pretty well but just to get to them I want the studs on. I'll swap wheelsets because it might only last a week, and it might come back again in a week. Wonder what January will hold.
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Old 12-03-10, 02:08 AM   #38
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I run two main bikes in the winter that also see year round use... the extra-bike has studded tyres front and rear which will stay there all winter and the Kuwahara has a studded front that lives on it's own rim so I can swap this in and out depending on conditions.

The DIY studded tyres have their studs placed to the side so they provide traction when you are turning or when you drop the psi so normally don't get engaged when you are riding straight... so they last a very long time and don't slow you down very much.

The rear tyre on the extra bike has it's rear studs a little closer to central as the bike needs that extra traction when you accelerate from icy intersections... with a 64 inch wheelbase the rear wheel does not have a lot of weight on it if you aren't carrying anything.

I have been running my studded tyres for a couple of weeks as after the first snowfall it has stayed below freezing and the roads, especially side streets, have been polished to a high gloss and the studs also help on the frozen hard pack.
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Old 12-03-10, 01:18 PM   #39
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Whenever I finally get everything greased, moving and de-rusted on the winter bike--which I generally procrastinate until the snow starts to fly.
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Old 12-04-10, 07:35 PM   #40
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If it is December I need the traction. Sometimes in November as well. They will be on until I see spring has taken hold. I have a backup mountain bike with home made studs just in case. But I'm addicted to the feel of speed with the 700Cs on the Trek. The 26ers on the MTB just don't get the feel I look for. Anyone else commuting in the winter humidity of Misery? What studs? and when do you decide to put them on?
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Old 12-04-10, 07:49 PM   #41
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I popped on the studded tires just now for my spare bike.
We're supposed to get the leftovers from Boston's snow storm this week.
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Old 12-12-10, 06:51 PM   #42
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I just put a Nokian on front after a bunch of drivers complained about ice. went out for a quick spin and they didn't seem to add all that much rolling resistance at full inflation. we'll see on a full commute tmw.
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My studs went on today! Rained through the night, then got 4 inches of wet snow this morning, and then dropped to 25 F. Worst ice/snow I've seen in a while! My studs went on today and they will stay on until probably around mid-march, once the temps go above freezing regularly during my morning and evening commute.

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Ok I have a question about kinda the same thing I guess. If I am going to be riding gravel rail trails when it snows should I go with a studed tire or just something with knobs and lots of tread for my Hybrid? Oh yea another thing if anyone has experience with studs in the tires will they last all winter? Some of the tires I have seen so far are not cheap and I would hope to get more than one winter out of them.

I have also read that you have to keep your speed down with studded but no one seem to state what is a good speed to cruise at, so I was also wondering how low does the speed need to be or is this more of a road thing for keeping speed down?
I would suggest using studded tires on gravel roads and trails. Just yesterday I did a 25 mile gravel road ride with knobby cyclocross tires, and slipped a handful of times. Also, all handling had to be at the handlebars, no leaning into turns or I would have gone right over.

How long the tires will last will simply depend on how much you ride. My studded tires lasted all last winter and I presume will last all this winter as well. I got around 500 miles last winter, all studs are there are tread isn't worn.
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Old 12-13-10, 08:11 AM   #44
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Mine went on this weekend. On Sunday morning out in the far suburbs the news reported a lot of cars off the road due to black ice, and this was early Sunday morning, though I noted no ice in the city (driving). It rained all day Sunday and this AM the roads were very wet with puddles, but the air temperature was about 50*F.

I have front and rear Marathon Winters and leave them on until April; this is the third season. As often reported by others, I note no sigificant increase in rolling resistance. I did feel sluggish cycling this morning but attributed that to the headwind, until I noted my front tire was slightly off center and rubbing on the brake. Even though it was my first time out with studded tires since April, it never even occured to me to blame the studs.
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I saw no significant extra time on my 13-mile commute this morning with a Nokian on the front wheel. seems too good to be true! no more slipping on painted lines in the rain, either, an unexpected bonus...
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This morning, front and rear, for the first time since March 2009.

May have been overkill.
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This is my first winter riding. I bought an old Raleigh with new tires. It seems to handle the slipperies fairly well. The sipping and sliding that I do seems to be when there are ridges of snow built up by cars. Under the ridges is snow that has been packed to ice. I commute every day, and there have been only two or three instances where I thought studs would help.

So I'm adopting a "wait and see" attitude. The posts on this forum are really pulling me in the direction of getting another bike to keep studs on.
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I have a second set of wheels. During the Summer they have off-road tires on them, during the Winter they have studded tires so I can swap at moment's notice in the morning. If it was wet the day before and now it's below 0C, I "wear" studded because there will be ice all over. I also use studded in snow, because they're also fat and knobby so they're better for snow than my slicks, even though studs don't do much for fresh snow.
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