Take the 2-minute tour ×
Bicycles Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for people who build and repair bicycles, people who train cycling, or commute on bicycles. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have just a set of summer tires in very poor condition and a huge heap of studded winter tires. Selling winter tires is very hard so I got an idea to use the winter tires as summer tires with removed studs.

  1. Is it a good idea and how should you remove studs without damaging the tire itself?
  2. Can you use the tire afterwards as winter tire or will the studs become too loose? Any experience?
  3. Should I fill the stud-positions with something if I remove the studs?

The winter tires are W106 Nokian tyres, Hakkapeliitta.

share|improve this question
Winter tires are so expensive! Are they too worn for winter conditions? I would just drop $30 on a new summer tire and save your (expensive) winter tires for the future. (This is a comment because it does not really answer the question). –  sixtyfootersdude Jan 17 '11 at 2:44
Why must you sell the studded tires? Can't you just throw them in a closet during the summer, then remount them when winter rolls around? –  whatsisname Jan 17 '11 at 18:24
@whatsisname - It sounds like the poster has more than one set of studded tires. –  Neil Fein Jan 17 '11 at 18:35
sixtyfootersdude: for me, they costed 18EUR (from private seller that had bought them from a bankcrupted store) as new, 25EUR(from local store) and 3-13EUR (as used from auction sites). Haven't found yet summer tires as cheap. –  user652 Feb 5 '11 at 23:57

2 Answers 2

up vote 6 down vote accepted

While the tire itself might or might not be intact after removing the studs, the tube inside the tire would suffer. Studs are installed by piercing the tire itself, and you'd have to patch the hole left by each stud or you'd have blowouts.

I suggest selling the extra studded tires.

share|improve this answer

Winter tires are generally slow, so I would reccommend just getting a decent summer tires. I have no experience with studs, but it seems that they can cause quite a lot of rolling resistance and can be loud on tarmac.

share|improve this answer
Some studded tire designes place the studs on the sides, to where they only "bite" when you tilt to one side or the other, and hence they add little rolling resistance. –  Daniel R Hicks Mar 19 '12 at 12:19

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.