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Old 01-12-09, 04:26 AM   #1
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Tire chains

Are they a good idea? If so where do you get them or how to you make them etc?
I tried studs (homemade with 1/2" self tapping screws). Too hard to pedal and they oversteered.
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tire chains are great if you want to deal with them

very heavy, hard to pedal, but on 4 inch tires they rock

not worth it in my opinion. there is only one weather/snow depth condition they
work well, and it may take years for that one special week where
they pay off. better to stick with studded tires
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Of course I don't know how hard the pedalling was with your home made tyres. But riding with commercial studded tyres is hard work too, especially if you compare it to summer riding. Conditions can make it worse still, so don't expect any miracles there. At least you'll be in good shape come spring. I've never seen a bike tyre chain, but I'd expect it to be way heavier to pedal than any good studded tyre.

I'd say get a pair of Nokians that suit your riding conditions instead of the chain.

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Are they a good idea? If so where do you get them or how to you make them etc?
There has been a guy selling old-stock commercial cleats on US Ebay. They look plain scary - very heavy duty. Consistently with what was stated, I do not think they would be usable in mixed-type conditions. While likely good for thick snow, they might damage the tire when employed on a cleared road.
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would some type of quick fix work...such as placing zip ties around the tire/rim? I have always wondered something like this, but have not attempted it in snow and ice conditions (and havent had many chances this season). Also if you do try I would imagine to not use it on nice rims cause they will likely be scratched.
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would some type of quick fix work...such as placing zip ties around the tire/rim? .
You couldn't be using rim brakes then. Maybe you could run the zip tie around the tire/tube... sounds like a flat waiting to happen...
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Consistently with what was stated, I do not think they would be usable in mixed-type conditions. While likely good for thick snow, they might damage the tire when employed on a cleared road.
The tug that was used to pull our aircraft around in and out of the hangar used chains in the winter. The tug would bob around like a drunk from the chains. Not sure this would be healthy or efficient on a bike
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