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    zip tie snow tires

    apologies if this has already been posted, but i thought this was kinda clever.

    Originally posted by bucksaw87
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    Quote Originally Posted by frorider
    apologies if this has already been posted, but i thought this was kinda clever.

    Does it work?

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    I'm curious too. It looks like it might help with traction on snow, but my guess is it wouldn't help on ice.
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    This works on well on hardpack and wheel tracks.
    Doesn't play nice with V/canti brakes or tight fork/stay clearance.
    Fixie or disc no problems.
    It's been fun riding around Brooklyn the last couple of days

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    That would make changing a flat more of a hasstle.

    Most bikes that run disc brakes have room for a treded/knobby tire.
    When under pressure, your level of performance will sink to your level of preparation.

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    I posted this last week in the Wheel and Tire Forum, the blog says it worked quite well in the heavy wet snow of Seattle. Notice the offset heads for cornering traction. Obviously it wont work with rim brakes and changing a tire would be a PIA...but for a temporary solution in areas that only snow a few days a year, it's a cheap and dirty solution and way cheaper than tires or chains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    That would make changing a flat more of a hasstle.

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    you don't say?

    Originally posted by bucksaw87
    I still fail to see how mustaches, fixies, and PBR are ironic.

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    A nice idea but not good if they start snapping off and littering the countryside

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    A few tie wraps will not tear up the earth.

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    I know, my post was a bit tongue in cheek. I was in my LBS when the owner and I were chatting about this method and whether it was worth giving it a go, when this tree hugger butted in and said that about littering the countryside.

    I think the only time they would risk snapping off is if you hit a part of trail that had no snow.

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    Man, call me lazy, but I'd rather spend a little extra dough on a cheapo wheelset and $100 on studded tires than go through that hassle. If I didn't have the money to do that, then I wouldn't ride.

    But my winter is spent mostly at ski resorts, so I guess I wouldn't spend the money either way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker72
    I posted this last week in the Wheel and Tire Forum, the blog says it worked quite well in the heavy wet snow of Seattle.
    As in, works well on 700c skinny tires, commuting on the flat streets of ballard?

    FWIW, regular old mountain bike tires work fine here too.....

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    we used chains similar to these http://wvcycling.wordpress.com/2010/...re-chain-bike/ last year. but i bought studds this year! the chains worked but not super great.
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    I don't see how that would work better than an aggressive MTB tire. I also completely agree with the littering thing. It may not concern you, but the only thing you are suppose to leave in the trails is tracks!

    I see it the same way with 700c's...why not just get a narrow CX tire for that purpose. I think the idea has some merit..but completely falls short of being viable. Any maintenance to your tire or changing a tube, and just created unnecessary waste. If they break off, they are left on the trail...highly doubt you'd stop and pick them up. Most bike shops have used mountain bike tires...probably only cost slightly more than all the money spent on zip-ties...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RBowles
    A few tie wraps will not tear up the earth.

    Neither will a few gu packets, or a few beer bottles, or a few soda cans, or a few cig butts, or a few car tires, or a few refrigerators..... Until they're all tallied up together. I really don't see this as being anything more than a black eye for mtbers/commuters.

    To the person above who couldn't see how they would break except for direct impact, uv exposure and cold temps can cause some zip ties to become brittle.

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    Y'all are over thinking this. This is a hack for people like me who ride in cities that don't get a lot of snow. The zip ties stay on the tires maybe 24 hours. It's for the morning after a storm before the streets get plowed. They work great in the slick, frozen over wheel tracks that get left behind cars driving over 3 or 4 inches of snow. They suck on pavement.
    Also, all the zip ties are still plenty long enough to secure cables after they've been cut from the wheel.

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    They wear off quite fast. It's just silly and wasteful. Buy a bike suited for the purpose. This only exists for people too poor to buy another bike because they spent too much on pimpin' their fixie.

    I just save money and pimp my fixie and have a winter bike, well, four winter bikes, but whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruffalo
    I know, my post was a bit tongue in cheek. I was in my LBS when the owner and I were chatting about this method and whether it was worth giving it a go, when this tree hugger butted in and said that about littering the countryside.

    I think the only time they would risk snapping off is if you hit a part of trail that had no snow.

    Pay no attention to me, I was mainly amusing myself aloud. I meant no malice with my post.

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    Using 64 or so zip ties for one morning commute in the snow is pretty silly. Not only is it a pain in the azz to deal with, it's wasteful, it's inconsiderate and it's completely unsafe. You can get Cyclocross tires - new - for like $40 bucks a set. Not only will you have tires that are actually functional, they'll last for more than one ride. If you're even considering this bullshittery, you should suck it up and make the investment to help protect yourself as well as the poor bastards that you're inevtiably going to crash into. Either that or take public transportation. Do NOT rely on freakin' zip ties to provide "traction" in the snow.

    This is one of the dumbest ideas I've read on here in a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hellav8ted
    Also, all the zip ties are still plenty long enough to secure cables after they've been cut from the wheel.
    Awesome... I need to run some new cables on one of my bikes. I'll be sure to stalk your commuting route so that I can collect the trash you left behind in the streets.

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