I'm in the Pacific Northwest, Washington State, and I bike commute year round 5 miles each way. At my previous gig and rental, I had the fairly easy option of walking the 1.4 miles to work. I'm less sanguine about a 5 mile walk. Local bus service isn't ideal at my new gig and rental.
I have a 2008 Kona Dew with fenders and 32mm tires. Without fenders, I could run 38s easily, maybe something larger.
Been reading about studded tires on Peter White Cycles for a couple of years, and now I'm weighing the options. Some indications this is going to be a rough winter.
I'm torn between a couple of choices.
- Putting "mild" studded tires on my Kona, like Nokian A10 32mm, and keep the fenders on
- Getting a Craigslist or Pawn Shop MTB and putting aggressive studded tires on it as a snow bike
- Getting a Craigslist or Pawn Shop MTB and putting aggressive winter tires on it as a snow bike
We don't get nearly the snow in Washington that they get in New Hampshire, but it does hit now and again.