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When to Ditch the Studded Snow Tires

Old 03-22-19, 07:05 AM
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the deed is done. after a "season" the studs don't look bad at all. gave the sidewalls a wipedown w protectant & will probably bag them until next winter. made sure to get the rotation correct on their replacements, 29x2.25 Riddlers. funny tho cuz their tread doesn't look obviously directional









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According to my phone's weather app, Monday night is the last time my area will see temps below the freezing point, at least within the next 10 days. Think I'll switch to my Compasses then.
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Old 03-22-19, 05:34 PM
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I've been riding slicks for the past week, but I am still keeping studs on my other bike until April just in case.
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Old 03-23-19, 10:56 AM
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Decided on a compromise for the next few days. Keeping the studded tire on front, switching the rear tire to an old Panaracer Pasela, and bumping up the gearing one notch:



That should let me move a little faster on these warm days, while keeping some bite in the front for the occasional ice patch. Can't hardly wait to switch it all over to fast tires and gearing, though!
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Winnipeg here. I still have my studded on. This time of year the road ice is at max danger - wet ice.
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Keep your studded tires on and don't take chances with ice...This morning I've seen an ambulance loading up a guy onto a stretcher after he crashed his bike on large patch of ice. It happened in a Wallmart parking lot, he was riding an old vintage road bike with skinny slicks. He looked like he broke some bone somewhere. He could of easily gone around the ice patch and avoided all the pain. I don't understand why anybody would ride skinny slicks on ice.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Decided on a compromise for the next few days. Keeping the studded tire on front, switching the rear tire to an old Panaracer Pasela, and bumping up the gearing one notch:



That should let me move a little faster on these warm days, while keeping some bite in the front for the occasional ice patch. Can't hardly wait to switch it all over to fast tires and gearing, though!
I don't like the idea of one studded tire in the front. The rear can slide and spin around and cause a bike to crash.
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I don't like the idea of one studded tire in the front. The rear can slide and spin around and cause a bike to crash.
I figure a rear slide is more recoverable than a front slide. Should be academic pretty soon.
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All right, despite my previous proclamation to the contrary I'm just going to call it--it's time. Looking at the long term forecast I think we can put away them studs for good this season. Winter is done!
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Even though my winter fat bike is at the shop for end of season adjustments and tuneup, I've been riding my beater mtn bike with studded tires. Still patches of ice and slush on the trails where the shade throughout the day prevents direct sunlight from melting the ice away.
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Old 03-25-19, 06:19 AM
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Still patches of ice and slush on the trails where the shade throughout the day prevents direct sunlight from melting the ice away.
My route as well, but I can't justify suffering through 19.4 km with studs on clean pavement just so I can ride through 0.02 km of ice patches which may or may not be present. I just get off and walk those patches.
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Originally Posted by mcours2006 View Post
My route as well, but I can't justify suffering through 19.4 km with studs on clean pavement just so I can ride through 0.02 km of ice patches which may or may not be present. I just get off and walk those patches.
just spouting off a little bit...the ground still may be frozen, which means that any runoff or precipitation COULD freeze or refreeze
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Old 03-25-19, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by parkbrav View Post
just spouting off a little bit...the ground still may be frozen, which means that any runoff or precipitation COULD freeze or refreeze
Studded tires are great, but they aren't the only things that matter in winter riding. Exercising common sense and some caution can go a long way in averting trouble. As I said, there are ice patches on my route which I can clearly see. If I cannot avoid it by going around it I'd dismount and walk it, which I have done. But it's no more than a few dozen meters or so, and they are becoming more and more rare with the weather improving.
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it helps to remember how much you like your summer tires

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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
the deed is done. after a "season" the studs don't look bad at all. gave the sidewalls a wipedown w protectant & will probably bag them until next winter. made sure to get the rotation correct on their replacements, 29x2.25 Riddlers. funny tho cuz their tread doesn't look obviously directional








Hi Rum, were you running studs front and back on that bike?
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Hi Rum, were you running studs front and back on that bike?
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Still studs today, and loads of ice. Very glad I kept them on.
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Cross-post from the SS/FG forum. Studs are off, and I'm loving life.



The weather forecast predicts below freezing overnight lows next weekend, but I wasn't planning on riding those nights. The vast majority of my riding is from the late morning to early evening.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Cross-post from the SS/FG forum. Studs are off, and I'm loving life.



The weather forecast predicts below freezing overnight lows next weekend, but I wasn't planning on riding those nights. The vast majority of my riding is from the late morning to early evening.
Ohhh, that's a nice bike! I notice you have fenders and a rear rack. Is it tricky and time consuming removing the studs with all that gear?
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Ohhh, that's a nice bike! I notice you have fenders and a rear rack. Is it tricky and time consuming removing the studs with all that gear?
Nah, I just take the wheels off and swap tires. Nokian Mount & Grounds in the winter, Compass Naches Pass in the summer.
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Originally Posted by Viich View Post
Still studs today, and loads of ice. Very glad I kept them on.
Must be much colder in Ottawa than here, or a lot more snow left. There's not much left here at all. I've been off studs since last week.
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Originally Posted by mcours2006 View Post
Must be much colder in Ottawa than here, or a lot more snow left. There's not much left here at all. I've been off studs since last week.
Yesterday the way home I probably could have managed without studs, but the snowbanks are still waist high where they were plowed, knee to thigh elsewhere. The meltwater freezes, so the mornings are all ice, afternoon mostly water. The river pathways likely won't be clear for 3 weeks.

Ottawa is generally a bit colder than S Ontario, and has a much less significant urban microclimate than the centre of the universe.
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Originally Posted by Viich View Post
Ottawa is generally a bit colder than S Ontario, and has a much less significant urban microclimate than the centre of the universe.
That's what I remember about Ottawa when I lived there in university--that natives refer to Toronto as the centre of the universe. Well, I'm just slightly off centre in the suburbs.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
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Ah ok... I do hope your studs remained aligned in the tread (on the rear wheel) unlike mine mentioned in this thread:

Review - Schwalbe Winter Spike K-Guard Tires
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Yesterday the way home I probably could have managed without studs, but the snowbanks are still waist high where they were plowed, knee to thigh elsewhere. The meltwater freezes, so the mornings are all ice, afternoon mostly water. The river pathways likely won't be clear for 3 weeks.

Ottawa is generally a bit colder than S Ontario, and has a much less significant urban microclimate than the centre of the universe.
Also ride/commute in Ottawa (and Gatineau). Last year I didn't have studded tires so waited until April 8th to start my riding. This year, got fed up with traffic and bought studded tires last week. Morning rides were (and ill be) often on slick black ice patches so as long as there are water patches on the roads/paths and it drops below zero, the studs will stay on. Hopefully only a week or two left...
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