Slip on winter spikes for winter bikes

Here’s an interesting riff on the basic tire chain by Dutch designer Cesar Van Rongen. A set of flexible plastic strips are attached by two pieces of wire (think of a tire bead) that is wrapped over the tire and tightened into place. Studs in these strips provide traction. Easy on / easy off, according to Van Rongen. Video below.

Winter tire strips for bicycle tires / bike chain / studded tires.

Studded bike tires are the usual solution to the problem of biking on ice. Modern studded bike tires from reputable vendors are very well engineered, with thought put into stud material and placement. Bicycle tire chains are also available.

Via Tren


  • November 7, 2012 - 10:56 am | Permalink

    Very intriguing… I wonder if they are easier to get on and off than a set of studded tires. Could they easily be carried in a bike bag? How do they affect handling on dry pavement? (It’s supposed to snow soon in Flagstaff.)

  • November 7, 2012 - 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Awesome stuff! haha.

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  • Scot
    November 7, 2012 - 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Any one know where you can buy these or are they just in the concept stage?

  • Aaron
    November 8, 2012 - 7:15 am | Permalink

    The best part is all the fun clicking noise along with the constant hum of the studs that makes your bike sound like a little kids bike with cards in the spokes!

  • DrMabuze
    November 21, 2013 - 11:42 am | Permalink

    For the moment those are only prototype Van Rongen is hoping to have them on the market as soon as it could

  • November 21, 2013 - 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the update, Dr Mabuze.

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