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.
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.
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.)
Awesome stuff! haha.
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Any one know where you can buy these or are they just in the concept stage?
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!
For the moment those are only prototype Van Rongen is hoping to have them on the market as soon as it could
Thanks for the update, Dr Mabuze.