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Bicycle Tire Chains

Posted by RL Policar On February - 14 - 2013

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If you mountain bike in an area that gets tons of snow, then you may want to listen up. A few years ago my own brother was stationed in Pennsylvania for the US Army. When winter came and the snow fell, he didn’t want to stop riding. So he deviced a bicycle traction system, or in other words, bicycle tire chains. It uses the same basic principles of tire chains for cars, but on a smaller scale.
bicycle traction system, tire chains
He actually published an article showing you how to make your own bicycle tire chains. From what it showed, it’s pretty simply and straight forward. But it will only work with disc wheels.
bicycle tire chains

During Interbike, I actually met a company called Slipknot who makes tire chains. Their traction system retails around $85. But with the homemade tire chains my brother made, you easily make your own for about $15.00

However, I’ve spoken to some who say you don’t need bicycle tire chains because the knobbies on your mountain bike tires will provide enough traction on snowy and icy conditions. But then again, since I live in Southern California, I really don’t get much of a chance to see snow, with that in mind, I’d really like to experience mountain biking in the snow to see if bicycle tire chains are needed or my own tires will be sufficient.

 

One Response to “Bicycle Tire Chains”

  1. Mel C says:

    All you have to do is climb Maple Springs to 4 Corners when you can see snow on the slopes out your window.

    I saw a thread on mtbr.com where someone actually drove screws through their tires so that the pointy end was out. I think that’s a brilliant idea. It’s a pain in the butt to do it the first time I’m sure. I’m guessing it would be easy to swap if you have dedicated wheels for snow riding.

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