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Old 12-18-08, 02:39 PM   #1
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Zipties/makeshift temp tires

So Ill be getting some road tires more appropriate for the icy/snowy conditions Ive been riding in here in the lovely Buffalo, NY, but in the meantime I have virtually no money. I read that zip ties can improve your ride, if only marginally, in such conditions. Is this true? Worth throwing some on until January, when I go back to work?
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Old 12-18-08, 03:07 PM   #2
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I'd never even HEARD of this!

Stick the following in a Google (or other search engine) window. There seems to be a lot about this:

Bicycle tires (snow OR ice) "zip ties"

Um. Neat!

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Good article here

Obviously, this is for disc-brake-equipped bikes only. Rim brakes ... uh ... could have trouble getting around the zip ties
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Old 12-18-08, 03:29 PM   #3
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And-a-lookie-he'ah:

http://www.mtnbikeriders.com/2007/02...y-tire-chains/







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Old 12-18-08, 03:43 PM   #4
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see, there are studs, and then there are chains.

except you'll need a disc or drum brake to use chains.
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The other obvious problem with this solution is fixing a flat.
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Hope you're running slime with those. I bet you could make some removeable chains using a small turnbuckles to take up the tension after fitting them over the tire
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Try this method http://www.miketechinfo.com/new-tech-wheels-tires.htm#Studding%20mountain%20bike%20ice%20tires.. or even this method http://legoandy.com/Words/2005/12/15...ychal-studding
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