tougher than a boiled owl
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Rocky Coast of Maine
Bikes: Fetish Cycles Fixation / Fuji S12S / Gary Fisher MTB / Raleigh Grand Prix / Ross Professional / Kent comfort cruiser
If you find you get melting snow during the day, there will be black ice and hard ice patches in the morning. Studded tires are needed for safety in these conditions. If when you start getting snow and it stays cold all the time and dry then you could get by with those knobbies. Personally I have tried it both ways over the years and now I simply put on my studded Nokians and leave them on all winter as they have carbide studs that won't wear out on dry pavement. The studded tires are a substantial investment at first but will last for several seasons and well worth it. Other than that, as mentioned above, fenders, rear rack, lights if you ride late in the day and platform pedals so you can use hiking boots or something warmer.