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    Thoughts on two winter bikes - one studded / one "winter" tire

    Riding in the winter I usually use my cross bike with disk brakes, and I run it with 37mm continental winter tires (no studs). I tend to ride only when the roads are somewhat clear, though I often ride over small patches of ice and long sections of well packed snow. So long as I'm careful, I'm confident and have been able to stay upright. I have a touring bike and was thinking of using it more frequently in the winter, with these conti winter tires, and then getting studded tires for the cross bike. Compared to the winter riding I'm already doing (mentioned above), will the studs allow me to ride when there is more snow, or when there is more likely icy sections, or that slippery snow after it has been packed down and crusted a bit? I'm wondering if it's worth my time/money going the two-bike route (fwiw - I live outside Toronto).

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    Studs don't help unless there is enough ice, or hard packed snow to allow the studs to dig into something hard. Then they rock. In other words soft snow or slush is about the same as knobbies. I do use two bikes, one spiked, one with knobbies. Been doing it for at least 10 years. It sure beast changing tires. But, when in doubt, use the studs.

    If there is hard, cold, flat ice that is big enough, you will fall without studs eventually. That kind of ice makes stud traction about the same as riding on hard dirt. Really great.
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    Studded tires help on a completely iced-up surface and hardened snow. They also facilitate grabbing solid surface through crudded up snow. Once there is a thicker layer of softer snow, studs don't do much but a pronounced thread helps quite a bit. If you have Conti Winters, I would skip lightweight studded tires and go for aggressive with a pronounced thread. Myself, I swap tires on one bike which is tedious. Being resigned to swapping gives you though more options, such as front studded and rear Conti Winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noonievut View Post
    Riding in the winter I usually use my cross bike with disk brakes, and I run it with 37mm continental winter tires (no studs). I tend to ride only when the roads are somewhat clear, though I often ride over small patches of ice and long sections of well packed snow. So long as I'm careful, I'm confident and have been able to stay upright. I have a touring bike and was thinking of using it more frequently in the winter, with these conti winter tires, and then getting studded tires for the cross bike. Compared to the winter riding I'm already doing (mentioned above), will the studs allow me to ride when there is more snow, or when there is more likely icy sections, or that slippery snow after it has been packed down and crusted a bit? I'm wondering if it's worth my time/money going the two-bike route (fwiw - I live outside Toronto).
    I live right across the lake in Rochester.

    Without studs there WILL come a time when you'll go down, guaranteed; there will be a small patch of ice hidden under the snow, etc.

    Personally, I'm more than happy to go to the extra expense of studded tires because it's a heck of a lot cheaper and easier than dealing with broken bones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mulveyr View Post
    I live right across the lake in Rochester.

    Without studs there WILL come a time when you'll go down, guaranteed; there will be a small patch of ice hidden under the snow, etc.

    Personally, I'm more than happy to go to the extra expense of studded tires because it's a heck of a lot cheaper and easier than dealing with broken bones.
    This thread has convinced me that I am going to buy studded tires. Right now I'm liking the Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires (700x40). I like them over some similar options because there are also studs on the outer part of the tire, that should help with cornering. They are pricey, but more of an issue (maybe because it's mid-summer) is they're hard to find...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noonievut View Post
    This thread has convinced me that I am going to buy studded tires. Right now I'm liking the Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires (700x40). I like them over some similar options because there are also studs on the outer part of the tire, that should help with cornering. They are pricey, but more of an issue (maybe because it's mid-summer) is they're hard to find...

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    The ones I'm using are 45Nrth Gravdals ( 45NRTH ) and I'm entirely pleased with them. Some people prefer narrower tires for winter use, on the theory that the tread will dig down through soft snow to a more solid base, but the Gravdals worked just fine for me on almost every surface I came across.
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    Ice is different at minus 40 than minus 2.

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