Bike Spikes for tackling snow and ice + video

Dutch product designer creates snow chains for bicycles

by David Arthur   January 23, 2013  

The past week has seen the country hit with a fair amount of snow, making cycling - whether commuting to work, training or just going out for fun - quite tricky. And a little dangerous.

Step forward Bike Spikes. Created by Dutch product designer Cesar van Rongen, obviously keen to still get out by bike, they’re essentially snow chains for bikes. They comprise six flexible components that interlock and wrap around the wheel. A row of short metal studs delivers traction on snow and ice. And another benefit is the extra visibility their bright colour will give you.

You really need to watch this video to see just how good they look. Traction looks impressive even on ice. It could be a more appealing a solution than buying studded tyres and changing them when it snows. You know, if we continue to get snow every winter, I might just have to invest in some. Sure beats the turbo trainer.

They fit to any road bike tyres and are easily removed, and fold flat for storage when they're not needed. Check out Cesar's website for more info www.cesarvanrongen.nl. We're not sure if they're actually in production yet, but we've dropped an email to Cesar to find out.

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I'll pass, thanks.

posted by offshore_dave [29 posts]
23rd January 2013 - 18:39

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Wow, a product designer actually coming up with something useful for cyclists. Such practicality will never win him any design awards. He better add a 3D render depicting his invention fitted to a bike with spokeless wheels, and with key parts like derailleurs floating in mid-air, or he'll get drummed out of the designers' union.

posted by ubercurmudgeon [168 posts]
23rd January 2013 - 18:42

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A distinct lack of road bike tyres. I don't think I would put these on my tyre even if they were designed especially because of the problem of snow build up on the wheel. Forget disc brakes, you'll have a snow brake, permanently on.

Otherwise I think it looks pretty awesome.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [962 posts]
23rd January 2013 - 19:08

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The video appears to be the spikes in prototype stage and the photos of either a final production run of a better prototype... The thing that strikes me on the photos is there are no 'spikes' on the shoulder of the tyre Thinking so cornering is still going to be dangerous.

Currently i'll be sticking to the 4 minute job of putting on Schwalbe ice spike tyres on the first morning of heavy snow. Big Grin

posted by lludwell. [9 posts]
23rd January 2013 - 20:14

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That's an awful rattling noise as the spikes hit against the mudguards and frame. Personally, that would drive me mad after a while.
Snow chains on car tyres have the same problems: are noisy and keep coming loose and removing paint from your body work........then your hands get frozen when you are forced to fix them before you can continue your journey.......

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Jono

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posted by JonoB [45 posts]
23rd January 2013 - 21:38

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Great commuter solution. Fold them up put them in your brief case and you're set.

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posted by mike_ibcyclist [36 posts]
23rd January 2013 - 21:42

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I own a set of AutoSocks for the car. They are waaaaay better than chains, basically a synthetic woolly, er, sock for your tyre. Totally quiet, sticks like a blanket to the proverbial, and now approved for alpine roads in Europe instead of chains.

What cycling needs is the same thing - basically a knitted, tight-fitting tube around the tyre. Silent, super-light, super-low-profile, folds up smaller than a tyre and possibly a universal fit for road or MTB. Maybe there's a reason that wouldn't work (speeds too low to throw snow out of the tread?), and this will. As others have said, the noise is a major issue.

I was told there would be Cake. Luckily there's http://TestValleyCC.org.uk

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posted by KiwiMike [334 posts]
23rd January 2013 - 22:58

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Anyone ever used the cable tie method?

posted by farrell [999 posts]
24th January 2013 - 18:35

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farrell wrote:
Anyone ever used the cable tie method?

[[[[ Nope....I used to pop me seven-ounce Pirelli tubs on, pump'em up very hard, make a cup of tea & watch telly until the bleedin' ice disappeared.
P.R.

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posted by PhilRuss [211 posts]
25th January 2013 - 22:04

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