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mt bike tires for snow?

post #1 of 16
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i have 2.1 tires with large directional knobs. any reason to consider fatter, like 2.5, or studs, for snow? this would be soft snow on paved roads for the winter.
post #2 of 16
For soft snow there is no need for studs, but when you hit ice, man, do you go down fast. I made mine by drilling through the knobs and pushing a car stud through. They weigh a ton, so I save them for ice.

Wider is better.
post #3 of 16
Might I suggest the following forum for lots of info on wnter biking:

http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdisplay.php?f=53
post #4 of 16
Nice link by FOG, this is good too.

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=68578

With some frame modifications, someone put some powder tires on their bike :




post #5 of 16
I don't think you need to go too crazy for riding on snow covered paved roads. IMHO 2.1 knobby tires are fine. Studs are an overkill. 3.7 tires (like above) are also an overkill.

Heck, this Sunday I was mountain biking with my single speed still using the race tires from the last race. The woods were covered with a decent layer of snow and I managed just fine. And I am talking about a fairly technical course (where we hold races and 24 hour events). I did have to slow down, of course.
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by TomB View Post
Studs are an overkill. .
I used to ride a loop around my house in Colorado by moonlight or headlight. The Colorado sun would hit the snowbanks and they would ooze water onto the road, which formed a bit of a glacier when it reached the shade. That loop was death without studs. After a fresh snow, 2.1 tires were fine.
post #7 of 16
Light tires and studs are the ticket.

Studs

Did I say studs?

Oh yes Studs

CalG
post #8 of 16
Well, if you are going to use studs, make sure the tires don't hit the pavement too much. It will get very annoying, very quickly.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by TomB View Post
Well, if you are going to use studs, make sure the tires don't hit the pavement too much. It will get very annoying, very quickly.
Someone watched ET too many times.
post #10 of 16
What pressure do you guys run compared to summertime? I'm at least 10psi lower.
post #11 of 16
FOG: Someone watched ET too many times.

What does that mean?
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post
For soft snow there is no need for studs, but when you hit ice, man, do you go down fast. I made mine by drilling through the knobs and pushing a car stud through. They weigh a ton, so I save them for ice.

Wider is better.
you can also use wood screws, in which case a kevlar liner is recommended.

anyone setup studs/screws with tubless?
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by TomB View Post
FOG: Someone watched ET too many times.

What does that mean?
It was a joke in reference to your comment about not hitting the pavement to much with your tires. The bicycle in ET flew. There are gags in a few other movies referring back to the famous scene.
post #14 of 16
I never watched the ET movie, but I understand the joke now.
post #15 of 16

studding

The ticket in our area for "townies" that put most miles on pave' is to stud the sides and leave the center track alone.

Rubber on the road, steel when the world starts tipping.

For us rural folks, where everything is ice rocks mud and snow,

Stud 'em up!

I don't like chains at all.

CalG
post #16 of 16
ok.. I'm weird.. I love it slippery.. love it to where I'm sliding and I'll spend hours trying to spin a 360 on pedal power. Love to power a drift through a corner..
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