Hi winter bikers!
I am posting here to show and ask for feedback on the first iteration of what is willing to become a proper solution for road/hybrid bikers to bike on snowy/icy conditions.
We are working on creating a new generation of chains that can easily get attached and dissociated from the wheels providing a better traction on icy/snowy and mixed surfaces for road and hybrid bikes.
The current prototype has been tested during the past month at Boulder (Colorado) proving to provide as much as 3 times more traction on icy conditions. It can be installed in less than a minute thanks to its novel fixing mechanism. This solution is not willing to compete with fat tire bikes nor studded tires but to provide an easy to use and effective solution for places where snow/ice can be found on the roads for some days before melting (like in Denver, Boulder, New York, Washington, Minnesota,... or Amsterdam in Europe).
At this point our plan is to send "beta" versions of it to interested road bikers to get as much feedback as possible before doing the next step. So, if anyone is interested in testing it and giving his/her opinion on it we will greatly appreciate it!!
If you are interested in getting a "beta" version of the chain please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you asking for some bike info and a place to send it.
Thanks for the feedback!!
Attached is an image of the CAD model of the "beta" version.