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    At what point do you take off your studded tires?

    I almost pulled them off this weekend. We've had 36 inches of snow in the last three weeks. But Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday the temps got into the upper 40s and even the 50s on Saturday. Today I hear on the radio more snow is expected this Wednesday. They say it will be a dusting to an inch, but I'm not sure I trust that prediction. So, what do you use to trigger taking the studded tires off? Is it a specific date, a particular span of good weather, or something else?
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    When there is no more snow, ice or snow banks to melt.

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    My fuzzy criteria is 1) ground thawed (ie melt/rain water won't freeze, especially overnight) 2) none of the 10 day forecast looks iffy, 3) it is a realistic time for end of winter (in Wisconsin, I am not even considering removing my studs yet) and 4) time to take them off and do an "end of winter" cleaning on my bike. I try to lube everything, spray the bike down and make sure everything functions well, including no bolts are frozen; I would hate to be in the middle of nowhere trying to do a repair on my bike, only to be stymied by a bolt/nut; I ran into such a problem with my disc brake adjustment last spring, thankfully while in town on a bus line.

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    last year in Boston, we got 20" of snow in March. If I were riding this winter, I'd of course be using studs, and I'd leave them on until it was safe, meaning consistent temps over 32 degrees at 5am.
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    Yesterday. And that was probably 3 weeks too late. I suspect that I may put them back on since our snowiest months are still ahead of us but I really doubt it. Snow here doesn't hang around too long. We've had March blizzards in the past that left 30" of snow in one storm that started on a Monday but by Friday, you could have told that it had snowed at all.
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    I've got a second wheel set with a pair of Nokian Gazza Extreme 294's mounted to them. It takes me less than 10 minutes to switch wheels. It puts less wear and tear on the studs on days that I don't need them. Usually after they plow the roads and they're clean and dry. Then when another snowstorm comes thru I put them back on. But recently, just before I switched back to the road tires. I had them on for a full month.

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    I really love the sound of bacon frying, I might leave mine on all summer.. emmmmmm bacon.

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    Not yet. It's nt the snow, it's the re-freezing snowmelt. Usually sometime in March I take them off. With all the snow / rain we've had though, there are plenty of ground springs and melt that is causing black ice as the temp drops. Change is coming, but not quite yet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlaskaStinson View Post
    I really love the sound of bacon frying, I might leave mine on all summer.. emmmmmm bacon.
    I haven't thought of it this way. It might shift the paradigm and I'll come to love winter. After all, I love bacon.
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    The way this winter is going, I am starting to think sometime around July 4th. I have a "dry" bike and a couple bikes "studded up." Problem is my "dry bike" is needing the drive train rebuilt and Mother nature won't let me de-stud my ice bikes.

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    Basically the way I work it is that as soon as it starts getting frost icing early in the morning on the roads in the late Fall I put on a set of factory studded snows with their little carbide studs that run okay on dry pavement but you have the little studs to help on slick spots when necessary. I run those until start getting consistent snow and ice and then I switch to my own DIY studded snow tires that are more aggressive with bigger longer self tapping screw point tip studs on really knobby tires and run those through Winter until it starts backing off at the beginning of spring and I start running into dry pavement more then ice and snow and then I switch back to the factory studded snow tires with their much smaller carbide studs and less knobby tire tread and run those until there is no longer even early morning frost icing on the road before I go back to summer street tread tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlaskaStinson View Post
    I really love the sound of bacon frying, I might leave mine on all summer.. emmmmmm bacon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by turbo1889 View Post
    Basically the way I work it is that as soon as it starts getting frost icing early in the morning on the roads in the late Fall I put on a set of factory studded snows with their little carbide studs that run okay on dry pavement but you have the little studs to help on slick spots when necessary. I run those until start getting consistent snow and ice and then I switch to my own DIY studded snow tires that are more aggressive with bigger longer self tapping screw point tip studs on really knobby tires and run those through Winter until it starts backing off at the beginning of spring and I start running into dry pavement more then ice and snow and then I switch back to the factory studded snow tires with their much smaller carbide studs and less knobby tire tread and run those until there is no longer even early morning frost icing on the road before I go back to summer street tread tires.
    Interesting, N+1 applies, not only to tires, but studded ones too!
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    snow storm here Sunday night into Monday ... woot! woot!
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    Right now is the worst of it for us in MN, it is warm enough during the day to thaw but it all freezes over overnight and during the morning hours. I would leave my studs on until the end of March.

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    Studs would have been ideal this morning after a wet heavy snow froze overnight. By noon, most of it had melted. Probably the last day that studded tires will really be required in Chicago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pink57 View Post
    Right now is the worst of it for us in MN, it is warm enough during the day to thaw but it all freezes over overnight and during the morning hours. I would leave my studs on until the end of March.
    I was tempted to take mine off tonight, but yeah this freeze/thaw stuff in MN makes it not worth while. A couple more weeks I suppose!

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    My response to this thread isn't of much use - where I live we don't get nearly as much snow and ice, I don't bother with studded tires during the winter since there's a only dozen or so of days per season (if that) when they'd be useful.

    But I want to add that this whole winter, whenever I got comments from coworkers about how challenging it must be to ride in cold and snow, I just told them that I wasn't doing anything especially difficult compared to what some folks ride through in Canada, Minnesota, and other points north. Those of you still dealing with ice are quite impressive.

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    Tuesday (3-11) we had 45- 50 degrees.

    Wednesday into Thursday (3-13 , 14) 19 inches of snow.

    not quite yet.
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    It's easiest for me to just use two bikes. If roads are crappy, I take the winter bike with studs. If they're good, the summer bike. The complete switch to the summer bike seems to be in March or early April.

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    10 day forecast for Chicago shows lows at or above freezing for almost every day. Averages for days outside the forecast have lows above freezing. Taking the studs off this weekend, winter bike will now be the rain bike and transitioning to the summer bike this week, depending on debris/salt on the roads.

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    The snowmobile trails in town are now a combination of hard crust and ice. Perfect conditions for the Nokian Extremes. Until they become dirt, the studded tires remain on one of my bicycles. Studded tires make the argument for having more than one bicycle.

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    Apparently not yet. Three days ago it was 50F and sunny, today I woke to -8F with a forecast for light snow/freezing rain and maybe 30 today with a 17 mph N wind. Not unridable, but I've been there, done that. It's time for spring.

    Can't complain too much, though, some places in the country have it a whole lot worse after some heavy storms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by john4789 View Post
    10 day forecast for Chicago shows lows at or above freezing for almost every day. Averages for days outside the forecast have lows above freezing. Taking the studs off this weekend, winter bike will now be the rain bike and transitioning to the summer bike this week, depending on debris/salt on the roads.
    I made the same set of updates to my bikes and riding plans in Chicago. The amount of debris along the road, plus the potholes, put me larger and tougher touring tires. It will take a few weeks of rain and road repairs before road bikes with the skinny tires are safe to use.
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