Way back in 2007, my brother lived in PA where it would snow like a mofo. I told him about an making some bicycle tire chains for the snow. Yep, snow chains or however you Snow Birds call them…but for bicycles.
Here’s where you can see how he did it. CLICK HERE.
In this article, we’ll be talking about a DIY method of making your own bicycle tire chains was not as hard as I thought it would be. I went to a local hardware store and picked up a few things I needed for this project. It turned out to be fairly inexpensive.
Things I picked up were:
15″ of braided chain $7.20
15″ of 1/16 uncoated cable (picture frame wire) $3.15
3 packs of 1/16 cable ferrule (used to bind wire together) $.78 a pack
A whopping grand total of $13.66 tax included.
Tools needed: needle nose pliers, wire stripper, wire cutter, and zip ties.
First, let some air out of your tires.
Then split the chain links into 6 links a strand.
Place the first strand of links on the tire and secure with a zip tie. Subsequent strands are spaced evenly with a 6 link strand.
Once the chain links are in place, route the cable through the end links and secure with cable ferrule.
Ensure the cable is taut. I wrapped the cable around the wire cutter and pulled to get leverage.
Finished product. I left the zip ties in place to ensure the chains would not move.
Lastly, inflate tires for normal use.