RE: Muddy Muni
> You may want to consider a studded tire as well.
Wow. Bradley Bradley and I did that once, for winter riding. From Mike I learned
why our tire had a very short riding life…
We used carpet tacks. To give the tacks more rubber to grip on (using standard
Schwinn unicycle tires), we took an old tire, cut off the sidewalls, and stuffed
it into a newer tire. Somehow it fit. Then we took an old scrap of wood and
started pounding through the tacks from the inside, into the wood.
With no real instructions or example, we just made the nails stick straight out
of the tire, not angled like Mike said. Again, we were using “available
materials” with a budget of $0.
A WORD OF CAUTION – Mike didn’t mention this, but a studded tire (using pointy
screws or especially nails) is a dangerous thing to have around! If you don’t
pay attention to where it is it will keep poking you or whatever it bumps into.
I remember bringing the built-up unicycle out of the house, where it bumped
lightly into the kitchen door frame–and stuck. And it kept poking us in the
legs when we weren’t paying attention!
But on the ice, and on the packed-down snow of my street, it rode like a dream.
On a surface that was otherwise only rideable with the utmost attention and
caution, we could now ride normally.
Unfortunately, after an hour or so of testing, all the nails were bent over and
dulled. These were cheap carpet tacks, not nearly as strong as screws would be.
Also they were not angled as Mike suggested. Plus they rusted immediately.
I would stick with big knobs for warm weather mud, and go for the studs only if
you’re real serious about snow & ice riding.
Enjoy, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com
“I like the way you part your hair – in a circle.” - Gary Goodsell, looking at
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sporting the same hairline!