I hear skinny tires with lower pressure actaully work quite well. We often compare traction with bikes to traction with cars but is is completely different because of the flat surface on car tires and four wheels. A friend of mine rides in Montreal all year with skinnies.
I've seen plenty of people ride their bikes on snow covered streets. Typically they have either mountain bike tires on them to help get through snow or the spiky ice tires. I saw one person with slicks but the roads were pretty clear so I'm guessing he felt comfortable.
I am a chicken. So I won't be riding my bike on snow filled streets or mountains. I tried a few years ago and absolutely felt miserable about it. I admire the people who do feel enthusiastic about snow riding. Kudos!
I live in Idaho and ride in the snow on a regular basis. You can check with your local bike shop to see if they offer studded tires. If they don't, dry wall screws and an old set of tires, MR. Tuffy and Stans is a great combo. I ran inserted dry wall screws down the middle of the tire as well as along the side. I then installed MR. Tuffy's to protect the tube from the head of the screws and installed Stans in the tube, because it is great for sealing. Once the tires were inflated I then cut down specific screws to a shorter length and to allow for frame clearance. Someone also mentioned sheet metal screws. Those would work great on the paved road, I used dry wall screws for off-road. Just a side note, if you are going to crash, get the wheels as far away from you as possible. Those screws will screw you up.
I ride with studded tires. They don't help in snow, just on ice. The pavement does wear them down but I am on my second winter with this pair riding to work (not mountain bikeing). I probably really don't need them since the roads are usually pretty clear, but I am afraid of taking a sudden fall with this middle-aged body. I switched the back and front tires around this year (the back wears faster taking more weight), and did find a tool kit to replace a few studds.
I've ridden in the snow and I think it best to do it when it is just hovering around 30 degrees.Not because of the cold but because of hidden ice (under the snow). Otherwise riding in cold weather on dry pavement shouldn't be a problem if you dress appropriately in layers.They do make studded tires for riding on packed snow and icy conditions.My only concern would be wearing down the studs when you reach dry payment.I may get some this winter and what I've seen so far is that they start at $60, per tire.But some have the ability to replace the studs as they become worn. Anyone have any experience with such tires?
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I've done a bit of it, but generally not when there's over a foot of base snow, as that normally means there's enough snow for me to go skiing. I've built my own snow tires with sheet metal screws, a spare tube, and duct tape as a liner, which worked quite well. Currently I have Innova studded mountain bike tires that I use to commute to work. I gave my old custom studded tires away once I got some nice snowshoes, but riding in that much snow can still be fun and feasible.
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Fitness Minutes: (12,378) Posts: 2,178 10/31/09 8:42 P
We've mtn biked in the snow, it's a BLAST. I don't wear my cycling shoes, I just use hiking or snow boots. It's fun. We bike year 'round, we just make a few adjustments. We've never bothered with studded tires, though we did used to sell them at our bike shop.
Go out and have fun with it!
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Hey all- I live in the Black Hills of SD & we have about 18 inches of snow on the ground where I'm at. Winter is here. I'm wondering if there is anyone out there that mountain bikes in the snow? I don't think I'm ready to hang my mountain bike up for the season.
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