Hot Tip: Use Cable Ties To Bike Through Snow & Ice

Hot Tip: Use Cable Ties To Bike Through Snow & Ice

Sarah Rae Smith
Jan 20, 2011

When you're buried under a snowpocalypse, it's impossible to think about anything else! If you're living in one of the many states blessed with a winter wonderland, try this quick (and inexpensive) trick that will allow you to keep your bike on the road with a little extra traction. Take that, 4-wheel drive SUV!

Most Re-Nest readers aren't unfamiliar with the idea of riding your bike as a serious mode of transportation. Snow causes complications, but this quick trick will keep you riding while cars are in the ditch. All you need are cable ties, found at your local hardware store, computer parts store or big box retailer. The cost is usually less than $5 for 100 of the little buggers and they can make the difference between staying upright and gracefully bike-sledding down a hill sideways!

If you have rim brakes this hack isn't for you as they will obviously catch on the ties, but for fixies riders or disc brake bikes, you'll be good to go! When the snow is gone, simply snip them off! See more on this idea over at Wired's Gadget Lab.

(Image: Wired)

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