- Anyone considering making DIY studded tyres for winter?
Mine worked pretty well but the screws wore quite fast, I’m not sure they’ll make it through another winter. Just took some old Nevegals and drilled holes through some of the knobs then stuck screws through from teh inside, with a wee dab of superglue gel (might help, who knows) and then a load of duct tape on the inside to protect the tubes. Made a lovely noise on the roadPosted 8 years agogazcMember
What’s wrong with just enjoying sliding about?
and breaking your hip like someone i know did…
another option for snow is a snow chain – wrap some chain from wilko/b&q round your rim/tyre all the way round the wheel and then tie wrap the ends together nice and tight. sounds like a tank on tarmac but great on hardpacked snow. easy to put on/take off a wheel with disc brakes in about 5 mins. worked fine for me with a home made spike tyre on the front last winter (panaracer fire xc with about 50 1/2″ screws put through the knobs from the inside and lined with an old tube/gaffer tape)Posted 8 years ago
I did last year:
Grippy as a grippy thing on ice, and being reasonable tyres, not bad in the snow aswell. Noisy and heavy on the road. Need to fit a proper tyre-liner this year rather than duck-tape as the screw heads poked through too much and kept puncturing the inner tube. Also could do with gridning the points down a bit more.Posted 8 years ago
But for £5, a pair of old tyres and and evening with a drill, not bad value compared to £80/pair ice tyres.hs125Member
I made a pair last year which worked well, so I hope to make a few improvements this year.Posted 8 years ago
Ir bandito’s photo shows good positioning of the screws, if anything I found they can be spaced even further apart (around the circumference) without any loss of bite, but it needs to fit the tread pattern you start with.
I would advise using the shortest screws possible, they only need to be just proud of the rubber. Despite a few well gritted sections on my commute where the tyres rattle along on the tarmac, the screw tips did not wear hardly with a couple of weeks use.
Preventing punctures was the biggest problem. I used duct tape and an old inner tube split open to line the inside of the tyre, but still got punctures after 3 or 4 days use. I used countersunk screws rather than roundheads which may have been better. A half decent tyre to begin with helps, one of mine was too worn out allowing the screws to flex too much in the carcass.
Riding is hard work, but there is a sense of achievement riding past BMWs and Mercs with ther rear ends stick in the gutter, and being one of the few people to be able to get to work on time.hilldodgerMember
Can’t be bothered with the faff of DIY but hope I get a chance to try these out this winterPosted 8 years ago
I made some last year, and successfully ran them tubeless on stans rims with sealant.
They were fine. The had circa 100 screws in each tyre that I then cut down to approx 2mm. Allow about 45minutes to an hour per tyre. They gripped like stink on ice and were heavy and slow and noisy on tarmac. I didn’t get much of a chance to use them off-road because the snow was just too think for most of it. For the amount of time I actually use them, I don’t think its worth paying the money for a set of legit ones.
They also wore very quickly.Posted 8 years ago
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