I’m going to add studded tires to my winter road bike. I can fit 700x28 tires with fenders on my old-school sports/touring bike. I could also fit 700x32 if I eliminate the fenders.
My need for studs is more about safety than mobility. Chicago keeps its streets and bike paths mostly clear during winter. Most days I can avoid slippery pavement easily. The need for studded tires has more to do with safety. I cannot afford to fall and injure myself and need to take every precaution to avoid this. I’ve ridden 8000 fair weather miles in the last two years with three minor falls. I would like to keep that level of safety while riding during the winter.
What tires should I consider?