Just the need to use studded tyres suggests a fear of slipping and falling.
Does it ever make sense to use studded tyres along with clipless pedals?
I'm a lifelong cyclist and I don't have an undue fear of falling, but when I ride with a group I realize that there are bike skills I never developed. I can dismiss those boasting of riding on just the rear wheel as yahoos (I find it inherently risky within a group), but someone capable of riding on one wheel will very likely also have more stability when riding on both wheels. Mountain bike racers seem to always ride clipped in, and they seem to get more control that way.
But I'm relatively new to clipless pedals (1 1/2 years). In my bike commuting days I was using toe clips—the only way to simultaneously be able to wear street shoes at the destination and get a powered full stroke. With clipless (Look Keo) it takes me a good fraction of a second to unclip. Falling on snow is of course milder, but it's a fall nevertheless, and so the inherent risk of falling on ice/snow seems to preclude clipless pedals. (Are there clipless pedals that enable disconnecting particularly swiftly?)
That said, the snow we had so far has been melting within hours, and I have no experience riding with studs on snow. The traction may well be so good that wearing clipless is a perfectly good option. Thoughts?
The bike for the present question is a 29" mountain bike with 1x12 transmission. I'd have preferred to find a solution that uses drop bars (to change hand position on long rides), but the constraints make it then harder to find a suitable set up.