Studded winter tyres?

Sharky

Guru
Location
Kent
Talking of winter tyres, is anybody aware of studded tyres that come in 28mm widths?
I've googled, but they all seem to be in much wider tyres and my Ribble winter/audax frame, just takes 28mm tyres.

As a victim to black ice a couple of years ago, it would increase my confidence a tad when the temps plunge.

Thanks
 

fossyant

Ride It Like You Stole It!
Location
South Manchester
There aren't any that narrow. My solution was my old MTB which came out for the commute in icy weather.
 

Dogtrousers

Kilometre nibbler
I got some in 30mm. Schwalbe something or other. Schwalbe spiky pointy plus or something.

I think I did look for 28mm at the time, and didn't find any. But my memory could be at fault.
 
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Sharky

Sharky

Guru
Location
Kent
Worth a try, but there may be another snag.

Studded tyres tend to be taller than non studs so may scrape the underside of mudguards - if fitted.
Stopped using mudguards a few years ago, when I stopped commuting and gave up leading the club runs. Now it's usually solo rides in dry day light.
 

fossyant

Ride It Like You Stole It!
Location
South Manchester
They are slow and noisy, so I'd have then on spare wheels. Not as noisy as Ice Spiker Pro's though with 400 spikes. :wacko:
 

Dogtrousers

Kilometre nibbler
I took the guards off my Dawes to fit them on. I rode it sporadically during one winter, but as I'm a leisure rather than utility cyclist it didn't work out as I didn't find them particularly fun to ride. Now I have a turbo it would work out even less!

As @fossyant says, they are noisy. You get the impression that you are being followed around by a helicopter. They are also distinctly hard work.
 

derrick

The Glue that binds us together.
Talking of winter tyres, is anybody aware of studded tyres that come in 28mm widths?
I've googled, but they all seem to be in much wider tyres and my Ribble winter/audax frame, just takes 28mm tyres.

As a victim to black ice a couple of years ago, it would increase my confidence a tad when the temps plunge.

Thanks
You will just come off at a higher speed.
 

Ridgeway

Senior Member
Wouldn't using really soft decently grippy tyres be better ?

I used some Schwalbe G-One All-round a few years back, terrible in that there wear out after 1000km but that's because they grip like hell in cold weather as the rubber is so soft, a bit like winters tyres in cars ie no one uses ice tyres unless you're on ice more than you're on tarmac.

Soft rubber compound is what i'd want under me in slippy/icy conditions as surface ice will be so thin that i'm not sure studs will really do much ?
 
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Sharky

Sharky

Guru
Location
Kent
You will just come off at a higher speed.
When I came off, I was riding Conti City Contacts (28mm). Not going particularly fast, but the corner had a -ve camber. The front wheel, just went. Even now when I take that corner, I slow right down. Hoping that a studded tyre will just take the threshold a little higher and keep me up right on that bend and I don't fracture my pelvis again.
 

Ridgeway

Senior Member
@Ridgeway have you ridden on actual ice? With or without studs?

(I think comparisons with car tyres are problematic, as you can't fall off a car on ice! :P )
No not really, i avoid the stuff:laugh:

The results with cars and ice are usually much worse than bikes with ice trust me:rolleyes:

I'm just not sure that studs are what is required for this application ie 99.99 of a ride on tarmac/gravel or what ever and then 50cm of ice that's 500mic thick, studs from my understanding required them to penetrate the ice to have a real effect, maybe they'd be the right choice i'm just not sure.
 
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