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.