For many people, cycling is a three-season sport. Many riders don't have the will or gear to ride in the snow, but for the hardy few, it can be an exhilarating and rewarding experience. If you're one of those chosen few, studded cycling tires that are geared for use in icy and snowy conditions are a must. Whether riding on singletrack or pavement, snow tires with metal studs that are durable and provide traction will keep you going during the winter months.
Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro
For snow cycling, Schwalbe's Ice Spiker Pro studded snow tires ($99.99 as of 2010) are a solid option. The Ice Spiker Pro's sport 304 extra long spikes with tungsten-carbide cores for great traction in any icy condition and a galvanized steel base to keep the spikes in place. A user review on www.mtbr.com stated that "smooth ice, rutted ice, icy bobsled runs, icy climbs, these tires can handle it all" and that it was the "best winter purchase ever."
Steel beads and carbide grips make the Nokian Extreme snow tires ($79.99 as of 2010) a great snow tire for mountain bikers. Loaded with 294 carbide tip studs with blunted tips to minimize rolling resistance, the Nokian Extreme is designed to provide traction on snowy, icy singletrack whether you're going uphill or downhill. A reviewer on www.singletracks.com noted that the Extremes provide "excellent grip at speed, in turns" and are an "all around awesome tire for winter riding."
Innova Tundra Wolf
Innova's Tundra Wolf snow cycling tires ($34.95 as of 2010) are a lock for anyone who plans on commuting in snowy and icy conditions. With 104 replaceable steel studs running down the center of the tire, the Tundra Wolf takes the hazard out of cycling an icy road. One reviewer on www.bikestiresdirect.com noted that "on snow and ice covered sidewalks, these tires were simply awesome" and other user reviewers repeatedly noted the Tundra Wolf's sure-stopping ability on patches of ice.
Article Written By Billy Brown
Billy Brown is an outdoor sports writer living in Northern California.
An avid rock climber and trail runner, he's been writing about outdoor activities, fitness and gear since 2005. He regularly contributes to "The Record Searchlight," uncooped.com, and Trails.com, as well as other print and online publications. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Simpson University and is a NASM-certified personal trainer.