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Studded Winter Bike Tires

Posted by Gale Bernhardt on Nov 17, 2010 2:07:17 PM

My friend Jesse Hammond, a San Diego, California transplant is now living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This week he experienced his first snowy-commute-home-from-work ride.

 

The last time I saw Jesse was in October when I was in the Springs to present at the USA Cycling Coaching Summit. When I was there we had a discussion about studded bike tires for the winter. I remembered that Steve Douglas, one of the Northern Colorado riders, has a technique for self-made studded winter bike tires.

 

I asked Steve about the technique and he said he used sheet metal screws to make the studs. I believe he also used duct tape to cover the screw heads and then put a tuffy liner in the tire before inserting a tube.

The conversation with Steve got us both wondering about self-made studded tubless tires.

 

With that background, the question for you hard-core commuters and ice riders – what do you recommend for studded winter bike tires and why? If you have a great technique that you use to make your own studs, let us know.

 

If I get enough interesting feedback I may turn the feedback results into a column. If I end up writing a column I will, of course, give you credit for your ideas and techniques.

 

Please post ideas here in the comment section and not on Facebook so the ideas are easily viewed and shared.

 

In advance, thanks for sharing your knowledge ~

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