Big and Studly
A while back, I read a post on Rantwick's blog about studding one's own tires. I followed the link to GripStuds, and ordered up a bag of studs and an installation tool. The studs came in the mail, three days after I ordered them, and I promptly put them on the kitchen counter and forgot about them.
Tonight, it is raining in Denver, and the temperature is falling. The forecast calls for 1 to 4 inches of accumulation, by morning. Suddenly, the studs were back on my mind.
I brought the Mukluk in the house, and read the instructions for installation of the studs. Then, of course, I decided to do it differently. The instructions call for using a power drill to install the studs, but the knobs on the Origin8 Devist8r tires are a bit small. I was concerned about drilling the studs all the way through the tires, so I chucked the installation tool into one end of a 4-way screwdriver, in place of the driver bit. Then, I promptly drilled a stud all the way through the tire and put a nice hole in my $20.00 Surly tube.
I was a bit more careful, from then on.
I don't have any idea if the studs will stay in the tires, due to the smallish knobs that they are drilled into. At about a buck piece, I hope so.
I will keep you informed.