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Old 12-10-21, 07:54 AM
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Studded tires

One of those random questions that popped into my head while winter riding my single in Minnesota this week: Have any of you put studded tires on your tandem for winter rides?

With my experience with studded tires on my single, I can't imagine running them on my tandem and trusting they'll do their job. But, that's just me. And you?
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Old 12-10-21, 10:25 AM
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Au contraire. We ride Schwalbe Winter HS396 K-Guard 700x30c on our Santana Sovereign tandem (1994 vintage, with updated components). We are in southern Ontario in a rural location east of Toronto. The tires are fabulous on ice patches on shady parts of our rides. They allow us to ride on roads we would not risk on summer tires (Conti 700 x 28). The rims are the same summer and winter: Velocity Dyads. We have full fenders to stop the muck.
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Old 12-10-21, 10:39 AM
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the way the front wheel can slide on our tandem I would not be confident. but we don't have a lot of ice and snow so its not usually a issue.
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Back when I lived in Indiana I had studded tires (either Schwalbe or Nokian, probably the former) on our mixte tandem when it snowed. I didn't put them on it because it was a tandem, I put them on because it was the only bike I had with enough clearance. Most rides were just me though, no stoker. No aggressive riding, just a bunch of short commuting runs. While IMO I had better traction than the cars, I still stayed away from all but the emptiest roads. IME car drivers aren't stunning at avoiding curbs and telephone poles in the snow, so I don't trust them to be good at avoiding cyclists.

Treat it a bit gentler than riding on a rainy day with slicks.
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