Has anybody made some homemade studded tires? I would like to try it, but not too sure how. Any tips or ideas would be appreciated.
i have several years of experience building ice tires for both motorcycle racing and mtn bike riding. the most reliable method ive found for bicycles is to use carbide tipped car studs pushed through your bike tire from the inside.use a fresh tire with large knobs and drill holes a little smaller than your stud diameter through the middle of your knobs. you can drill every one or use an alternating pattern.there is no need to drill the very side knobs.measure the thickness of your tire by inserting something through a few different drilled knobs,then buy your studs about 3/16 longer than that measurement.once you have pushed all the studs through the tire you need to make a liner to not only protect your inner tube but to also help keep the studs pushed tight against the inside of the tire. my favorite liner is a slick tire with the bead cut off. go to your lbs and see if you can score a pair of cheap city bike take offs. lay them inside your ice tire and mark them just below the bead of your ice tire then take them back out and cut off the excess by poking a hole in the side and cutting around the tire with a sharp pair of scizzors.mount them up with a small dia. tube. in15 years of ice riding ive never lost a stud!!norm said:Has anybody made some homemade studded tires? I would like to try it, but not too sure how. Any tips or ideas would be appreciated.
1/4" hex head sheetmetal screws work well. the problem with them is when they are short enough not to puncture your tube they tend to rip out. it is also hard to find the exact length you need without drill points on them.the best way to use them is with a tire liner.(read my previous thread). you might try going tubeless with a lot of sealant. atv ice racers do it that way and it seems to work for them and they use hundreds of screws per tire!DMR For Life said:has anyone trying putting cap screws from the outside in...albeit keeping them short enough that they don't stick inside the tire?
Yeah, you don't want to run your riding buddy over with those!clunkin said:superv43,those drill points look mean! how much pressure are you using in those tires?do you get any squirmy feel on real hard ice? i am also curious why there aren't any screws in the middle of that tire?