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Bike Spikes for tackling snow and ice + video

Dutch product designer creates snow chains for bicycles

The past week has seen the country hit with a fair amount of snow, making cycling - whether commuting to work, training or just going out for fun - quite tricky. And a little dangerous.

Step forward Bike Spikes. Created by Dutch product designer Cesar van Rongen, obviously keen to still get out by bike, they’re essentially snow chains for bikes. They comprise six flexible components that interlock and wrap around the wheel. A row of short metal studs delivers traction on snow and ice. And another benefit is the extra visibility their bright colour will give you.

You really need to watch this video to see just how good they look. Traction looks impressive even on ice. It could be a more appealing a solution than buying studded tyres and changing them when it snows. You know, if we continue to get snow every winter, I might just have to invest in some. Sure beats the turbo trainer.

They fit to any road bike tyres and are easily removed, and fold flat for storage when they're not needed. Check out Cesar's website for more info We're not sure if they're actually in production yet, but we've dropped an email to Cesar to find out.

David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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