If you're thinking of getting winter tyres for your bike
As above, I thought nice wide sticky tyres as soft as you dare were quite good on ice…….UNTIL my Marathon Winters arrived earlier in the week. NOTHING can beat actual bits of metal digging into the ice.
EDIT: However until I can afford a cheap set of wheels as spares, swapping will be a bit of a pain. They say you don’t need to,but it just feels such a waste wearing the studs down on normally wet, non-icy roads.Posted 5 years agosvalgisMember
The “DIY stud tyre with screws” work a treat as well, just to let you know. Mine sealed up tubeless easy peasy. Very inexpensive for anyone wanting to give it a go. If I knew I was going to do it when I bought the tyres I would have gotten something that works better in actual snow than my Nevegals though. Mud tyre of some sort? That way the tyre thread deals with the snow and the studs with the ice.Posted 5 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Oh yah… Last year I made a DIY one out of a tioga factory xc and a nevegal. Unsurprisingly, the Tioga was still rubbish, why I decided to use one of those I don’t know. The Nevegal was decent on ice but not really the best snow tyre in the first place.
The screws were wearing pretty fast though- I did maybe a couple of hundred miles on road and 20 or 30 offroad and they were about half worn out. The performance wasn’t as good as the real thing but it was still pretty effective.Posted 5 years agosvalgisMember
svalgis, what screws did you use to make your own studded tyres? Also, did you go down a tyre size to give clearance for the studs? I’m thinking of making myself some, surely cheaper than getting a set from CRC!
4.2mm x 13mm stainless steel screws. Special bits of kit made for sheet metal and the like I think. It’s what was available at home, if I did it again I’d probably get 3 x 12mm SS wood screws which should be easier to acquire from any hardware store. Make sure it’s a standard head so that it lies flat against the tyre.
I didn’t think about clearance at all until I fitted them, so I’m lucky that it didn’t pose a problem. I already had the tyres fitted, 2.35″ Nevegals. I’d probably run 2.5″ if it wasn’t for the fact that I found them for really cheap when I built the bike up, so effectively I did size down (just not on purpose…). Again, a mud tyre is probably preferable to maximize performance in the snow – the Nevegals are not great for that IMO, but the scews make them great on anything hard and icy.Posted 5 years ago
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