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I buy the good ones, and put them on early and take them off once the risk of ice in the spring is largely gone. The advantage of the good ones is they last longer, don't throw as many studs (this year I am running Schwalbe Ice Spikers and have about 700-800km on them without losing a single stud), and grip better. I won't ride winter without studded tires. They are a wonderful thing and have saved me from several crashes. Yes, they cost more than conventional tires, but I always ask the following question: what is a kneecap worth?

Alan M

I too use studded tires, in my case the Schwalbe Winter Marathon with a dense pattern of small tungsten-carbide studs. The tires last well, don't throw studs, and the studs seem to wear quite slowly even when pavement is bare for much of the winter. They do work incredibly well, especially on wet ice. However, as I learned the hard way a couple of times, I can corner on wet ice reliably, I can stop on wet ice reliably and yet, once coming to a stop, putting down a foot on wet ice reliably is a bit hit'n'miss!

Joe Arruda

where do you buy cheap ?? what brand ??


I'm disappointed that the cities didn't do a better job of plowing the Iron Horse. When I went back to work (Jan. 2) the path was terrible...
When will winter riding be given the respect that cars receive?


@Julie I am also disappointed at the work done on the bike lane routes. How much more trouble is it to make another pass with the plow and push that snow up onto the boulevard? I notice that areas where cars are parked seem to be plowed to the curb, but bike lanes, not so much...

Rob (Mk.II)

I am running two bikes this winter. The first is a city bike with non-studded Continental Winter Contact tires. These tires stick well in the cold and have a tight tread pattern but offer considerably less rolling resistance than studs. When it gets really vile my old mountain bike comes out with the Continental Ice Claw 120 studded tires.


This is my first year ever riding with studs (28 years of winter riding), as finding them for 20" tyres is a bit of a challenge. Was kinda surprised at the sound. It sounds like tape being peeled back when I’m on clean pavement. And I too went with the Schwalbe winter marathon. Am really considering going the fat bike route however, as small tyres just don’t seem to work that well in winter; too twitchy. Might have to save the Schwalbes for the trike.



Another vote for Schwalbe Winter Marathons. I've ridden on them for four winters of bike commuting, and I haven't lost a stud. Their rolling resistance is also less than the tires with more aggressive tread.

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