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    turning your tires into snow/ice studded tires.

    For those of use who live where it starts snowing around now (which I just saw my second round of snowflakes here in Detroit) we may need studded tires to get around.
    I did a little research and found a quick yet vague tutorial on how to make your own. I'm wondering if anyone has done this themselves with simple tools and hardware. I'm not looking to drop $$$ on winter tires and would like to take my old AM bontrager 2.2s and turn them into snow/ice tires since they have some nice big fat knobs on them.
    Here's the link I found earlier:
    How to Convert Bicycle Tires Into Studded Snow Tires
    Feel free to take a look and lemme know what you think and if you have any ideas.

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    I go into a bit more detail on my site.

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    If the tires are to be used on snow and ice and only on snow and ice, then home-brew is the way to go. The external-nuts setup, while massive-looking, is the most stable way to keep a screw in a tire lug. Plus bigger, sharper bolts give better results than tiny road-compliant studs.

    Contrary to the advice on that page, I would go tubeless with plenty of sealant.

    If the tires are even going to touch pavement (or bare rock), then I'd bite the bullet and buy Nokians or Schwalbes. DIY studs and pavement just don't mix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruiser View Post
    If the tires are even going to touch pavement (or bare rock), then I'd bite the bullet and buy Nokians or Schwalbes. DIY studs and pavement just don't mix.
    That's why I say on my page "don't even think of riding on paved roads". Only carbide studs will last there.

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    chain wraped tire

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    That's why I say on my page "don't even think of riding on paved roads". Only carbide studs will last there.
    Has anyone ever tried the chain wrap explained on this page. Isounds too easy and quick but if it does work it would be the fastest way and I wouldn't have to wreck a set of tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mojoman View Post
    I wouldn't have to wreck a set of tires.
    Wrecking? Most people would call it "modifying".

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