Old 10-17-16, 08:22 AM
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I have always wanted studded tires, but didn't want to pay $100 for them.

REI just had a sale, where the Nokian Hakkapeliitta W240 was only $45 each, and the W160 was only $30 each. I'm gonna give these a try. A patch of black ice can do enough body damage to keep me off the bike for weeks. I bike just isn't like a car.

Good tires are important, and with a good tire, the size of the tire will not hurt rolling resistance. Interestingly, rolling resistance is LESS with a larger tire (I'll skip the physics, but it is due to contact patch shape and sidewall deflection). Bigger tires are heavier though. I use the biggest tire possible (30mm gatorskins on my road bike, and 54mm wide tires on my mountain bike).

Great info on studded tires: Studded Bicycle Tires

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