February 1st, 2003 09:46 AM
Thoughts on Studded Snow Tires
Its that time of year and Yes I have been riding with them!
But I wanted to share some insights on My experiences. I got my Studded Snow Tires back in 1989 ! Got them at the old Bike Nashbar Store in Needham ( remeber that place ? ) a pair of IRC blizzards, I remeber using them the first time and riding on a frozen lake thinking how cool they were. The Bike they were on was a Rigid Stumpjumper! I used them over the years for winter commuting and off road riding , they were great on the snow and Ice . and I have used them over the years, this past winter they were mounted on their 4th different Bike. Then one of our lunchtime rides SloMoJo , came out with his new set of Nokians, and I noticed a few things, Like riding on the road he was making a clattereing sound of the studs on the pavement -- Mine used to do that not any more -- , We hit some Icy patches He went over it great , -- Like I used to be able to do -- , I had a little trouble ( but still better then no studs ) , we went over to a Lake and he was able to ride the section where it was clear -- Like I used to bale to do -- , I just did not have enough grip. So I decided to get a new set of studded tires . This morning I mounted a New set of IRC Sno Mad's. Looking at the studs on the new and old man what a difference I didn't relize how worn down those old studs had gotten, even though the tire still has plenty of tread. Since My drive way has a Nice coating of Ice I Tested them there. I actually did a Before and After test . Before I could Ride across it , and even Turn , and stop with caution . with the new Tires , I could Turn and stop at will . I even locked up the brakes. not only did the studs tear into the Ice , The dug into my Driveway!
I will Hold onto those old IRC Blizzards , they still have tread . But how many People can say they have Tires that have out lasted 4 bikes! or using tires they origianally used 14 years ago!