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    Chains Babby!

    We are now carrying these at Durango Cyclery. There are made localy by a company called Slip Not. $120.00 for a set of fat bike chains. There so awsome!
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    Uhm... Wow! I'm new to the FatBike world and the idea of riding in the snow was of some interest to me, so I figured I would give it a go at some point when we actually got some snow in Kansas. That said, these might just be the hot ticket around here as snow usually comes in smaller amounts (2-3 inches at a time), gets hard-packed quickly and becomes solid ice within a day or so on any trail or street that has any kind of traffic.

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    I just spoke with someone at slipnot and he said if you have little to no tire/chain clearance before installing the tire chains you'll be without the 2-3 granny gears after installing.

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    Personally if I needed a set up like that I'd stay off my bike.

    Chains give new meaning to the term rotational weight.

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    How much could they possibly weigh? I'm sure it's harder to pedal in 3-6 inches of snow than with these chains on hardpacked snow or ice.

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    I'm not worried about rotational weight looking at these... I *am* concerned about them moving around on the tire.
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    I had a some that looked very similar to the Slip Nots back before the turn of the century. The idea was to slip the chains on with the tire soft and then you air the tire up. The chains would then be held tight.

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Diller View Post
    I'm not worried about rotational weight looking at these... I *am* concerned about them moving around on the tire.
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    Well, right... but these are tires that may run at very low pressure. What I'm asking aloud is if the use of the chains removes the ability to run low pressure.
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    The tire still inflates a lot from 0 to 5 psi.

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    I was told by someone at slipnot today that these weigh around 5 lbs

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    And that is 5 lbs in the worst place possible as far as rotational inertia goes. Just sayin...
    Whatever floats your bike, dude

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    I used chains for a while commuting on my unicycle. I didn't want to stick a bunch of screws into my expensive Gazzalodi 3.0.

    They generally worked fairly well but I did wear my sidewalls raw from the tire flexing in the chains.



    The next year I got another 3" tire and studded it saving the Gazzy for summer. The studs worked much better, were lighter and didn't wear my sidewalls. But then you need two sets of tires.

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