Bike Spikes for tackling snow and ice + video
Dutch product designer creates snow chains for bicycles
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.