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More DIY Studded Tires and Winter Riding Tips (Roundup)

by Ted Johnson

Zip Ties for Snow Tires A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about these DIY snow tires using zip ties.

One of our readers, Matt, gave it a try. “The zip-tie thing was a complete bust for me,” he wrote in the comments. “All of them snapped on the way home.”

Disappointing as was that news, there are still DIY methods to be tried.

BikeHacks provides Eight Solutions for Riding a Bike in the Snow. The DIY methods include Screw In, Screw Out, Pop Rivets, and Chains (welding required).

This video charmingly demonstrates the classic Screw Out method:

BikeHacks does not leave out the non-DIY techinque: The Credit Card method.

After viewing all of this one might mutter, “This is all well and good, but what if I want to order tires that I can just put on my current bike from the comfort of my computer while sipping a beer or coffee?”

If this applies to you, simply visit Peter White Cycles for an excellent summary of out of the box options you can order up with your credit card.

Studded Tires: Credit Card Solution

Commute By Bike

BikeRumor posted these great videos with Winter Riding Tips from Campbell Coaching.

These videos … seem particularly timely, especially for those of us on the east coast of the U.S., where we’re getting absolutely hammered with snow. In these weather conditions, the knee jerk reaction is to put away the bike and bust out the skis, or even worse: the trainer, but with a little motivation and some cold weather gear, you can get out there and ride. Bob Campbell can provide that motivation and tell  you what kind of gear you need to do it.

 
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2 Responses to “More DIY Studded Tires and Winter Riding Tips (Roundup)”

  1. siouxgeonz says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhWECqr_EJY&feature=player_embedded

    Studded tyres in action — nothing extreme, just getting there.

  2. Ted Johnson says:

    Mark left this comment on another post, and it’s too awesome not to repeat here:

    In a former job, I actually used to sell zip ties. There are several different grades of them out there & many are really cheap (like the ones that come in a jar from Home Depot or the like). If you’re still interested in trying it out, look for ties from a local electrical specialty store. Brand names like Tyton, Catamount or Panduit are usually quite good and will not (should not) blow out when used like this. You should be able to find them online for $10 or less for a bag of 100 in the 8″ length, 50 # tensile strength.

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