Originally Posted by hughedwards
We have just had our first real snow (over a layer of ice) and I am trying to decide whether to invest in studded tyres or lay my bike up for 5 months. Has anyone used them? How well do they work? Can I ride like I would on dry or damp roads?
I'm originally from Minnesota, the land of icy roads. I tried a set of Nokian Hakkapelitta for commuting and found that even in that climate they were too much. Through even the most terrible winters there are really only a handful of days where studded tires make sense. When there is snow and ice on the roads they can't be beat, phenomenal, but when it's just wet or dry, they ride like total crap. If you have many consecutive days of ice and snow, then by all means.
Back in my hometown during the winters they hold bicycle ice racing events on the frozen city lakes, that's when studded tires are super fun.