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    Peter White recommends not riding "too aggressively" on studded tires? What does that mean? If you're on studded tires do you start mowing down pedestrians with carbide projectiles if you go over 15MPH?

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    Probably more related to the turns and the likelihood of sliding out. In five winters of riding Schwalbe Marathon Winter Plus studded tires, I have only lost a coupe of the studs. Of course, those are on a 35+ pound old rigid mtb that I can't get to go very fast in the first place.

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    I should clarify, I mean on dry pavement.

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    Cornering traction is an issue with studs on dry pavement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneEighth View Post
    Cornering traction is an issue with studs on dry pavement.
    Yep, that's what I meant to say.

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    Just out of curiosity, what are merits of having studded tyres for pavement riding in DC ?

    http://www.currentresults.com/Weathe...n-averages.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riley Casey View Post
    Just out of curiosity, what are merits of having studded tyres for pavement riding in DC ?
    Well, the reason I keep toying with the idea is that I worry about the shady/cold spots on trails halfway along a 20 mile route. The conditions on either end don't tell me much, and the on road parts are likely different than the off road parts. My current approach is to simply err on the side of caution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riley Casey View Post
    Just out of curiosity, what are merits of having studded tyres for pavement riding in DC ?
    They make a nice noise to warn inattentive jaywalkers.
    Last edited by DismalScientist; 12-09-2013 at 05:44 PM. Reason: P.S. Peter White claims that not riding excessively on pavement may reduce stud loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riley Casey View Post
    Just out of curiosity, what are merits of having studded tyres for pavement riding in DC ?

    http://www.currentresults.com/Weathe...n-averages.php
    If you're someone who likes to commute every day possible, they allow you to commute on those days when you'd otherwise have to drive. Especially if you ride untreated MUPs, where ice can linger for days or weeks after roads have cleared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabberwocky View Post
    If you're someone who likes to commute every day possible, they allow you to commute on those days when you'd otherwise have to drive. Especially if you ride untreated MUPs, where ice can linger for days or weeks after roads have cleared.
    Yep. And if you're like me, and the alternative mode, Metro, runs about $8/day, they can pay for themselves over the course of a few years, even in warm and balmy DC, if you take good care of them and use them sparingly.

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