Last Friday, seeing in the morning that the snow had overcome my studded tire's ability to grab something solid, I set out to make a DIY zip tie snow tire for my back wheel. I read about how you can do this on the internet. I had been skeptical, but I had a package of 11" zip ties so plenty to get the job done and I figured I had nothing to lose.
The ride to work was difficult, even with the back wheel done up. By the time I got there, I was thinking that I'd found the answer to my question about how someone with rim brakes could possibly work zip ties on the front wheel. (I ride a fixed gear and only have a front brake). Simple. The going is too slow to need a brakes. So I was ready to do up the front tire just like the back, and all I had to do was open the front brake so as to let the ZTs pass through.
Do you think I could find a zip tie anywhere in the building? Nope.
So I bemoaned the fact that I had all the rest of them back home, when it would have been so simple to have carried the unused with me. On the way to work, it was like wrestling a bear. One minute I was on solid ice doing just fine, the next the front tire was turning unpredictably, having run over a soft patch and slipping against some invisible rut below.
At lunch I went downstairs to see how my back tire had fared, worried that I might have lost a zip tie or two. It was still snowing so the ride home would not be any easier. And now that I had no chance to replace any, I was curious to see how many I could have carried as back up to at least have set up the back tire like I had it when I left home.
I was surprised to find that not a single zip tie was still on the tire. Somewhere along the route are all those zip ties. It could have been within the first block. Maybe when the snow melts I'll find them all at the end of my driveway.
When you think about it, is it surprising that plastic would break in the cold?
An Epic Fail. Dumber even than I originally thought.