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    Setting the studs

    Just got a new set of Nokian studded tires, was going to try and ride my 30 miles on pavement to set the studs, never got around to it. Now the snow is falling: can I get away with riding on plowed streets to set the studs? Does it have to be bare pavement?

    Also, the tires are 42 mm 700c, can I get away with using 28mm - 42mm tubes? LBS doesn't have anything bigger.

    Thank you very much for any thoughts or tips you may have.

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    I didn't follow the protocol with my Nokians (W106s), no problems. I'd wager a guess plowed pavement will be ok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OTHB View Post
    Just got a new set of Nokian studded tires, was going to try and ride my 30 miles on pavement to set the studs, never got around to it. Now the snow is falling: can I get away with riding on plowed streets to set the studs? Does it have to be bare pavement?

    Also, the tires are 42 mm 700c, can I get away with using 28mm - 42mm tubes? LBS doesn't have anything bigger.

    Thank you very much for any thoughts or tips you may have.
    Go ride now .

    And yes, I think your tubes will work. You're within their supposed range.

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    Doh! Slip of the keyboard, I meant 28 - 32 mm on the tube size.

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    I've used 28-32 tubes on my 35mm W106s for years now with no problems. I don't know if I'd go to 42, however. Try it and see. The worst thing that could happen is you'll get a flat.

    As for "setting the studs", back in the day when I used to stud car tires, we'd tell the customers the same thing. Basically, it was to keep the customer from spinning the wheels or doing cowboy stuff until after the rubber lube wore away. (The studs and holes have to be lubricated to insert the studs.) No cowboy stuff for the first few miles and you'll be fine, no matter what surface you ride on.
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    That's advice I can follow easily, my cowboy days are long gone. I'll let you know if I blow the tube.

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    After your first couple of rides, examine your tyres to check if any studs are escaping. If they are, you should push them back in with a pair of pliers.

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    45 miles this morning, studs look good and no flats. Thanks everyone!

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    The tubes can stretch, you should be fine. It was a common trend a few years ago to run 16" tubes in 20" BMX wheels because they were lighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OTHB View Post

    Also, the tires are 42 mm 700c, can I get away with using 28mm - 42mm tubes? LBS doesn't have anything bigger.
    Thank you very much for any thoughts or tips you may have.
    The essential problem with running undersized tubes is
    that they will become brittle faster. Take two identical
    rubber bands. Place one of them on a book or something
    else to stretch it out to close to the limits of its elastic
    capacity. Leave the two of them on a corner of your
    bookshelf or somewhere out of the way for a couple
    of months.

    The one around the book is your inner tube in the over
    sized tire. You're good for quite a while, but were I you,
    I'd be searching the internet for some tubes of the
    correct dimensions.

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    I tend to use undersized tubes myself. Seems to work fine. They are lighter too

    I find that i will puncture the tube before the tube will get old (and brittle) enough to fail anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
    The one around the book is your inner tube in the over
    sized tire. You're good for quite a while, but were I you,
    I'd be searching the internet for some tubes of the
    correct dimensions.
    Yes, I figured it would be better to be safe than sorry, and got some Quality 35mm - 45 mm tubes. Not really keen on changing a tire with temps in the teens and twenties. Thanks for the tip.

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