postheadericon How to Convert Bicycle Tires Into Studded Snow Tires

Three Methods:Using Knobby TiresUsing Tires with TubesUsing a Chain and ClipsCommunity Q&A

To deal with that pesky ice and snow on your bike, you’ll need traction. If your wallet is tight, then it’s time for some real “MacGyver” style craftiness.

Method 1 Using Knobby Tires

How to Convert Bicycle Tires Into Studded Snow Tires

1 Purchase the right supplies.

How to Convert Bicycle Tires Into Studded Snow Tires

2 Drill (using a very small bit) down from the center of chosen knob into the tire.

How to Convert Bicycle Tires Into Studded Snow Tires

3 Drill a screw up from inside-out. If the angle isn’t perpendicular to the tire, it’ll stick out one side or the other. Do one hole and screw at a time. Don’t try drilling all the holes, then installing screws…you’ll drive yourself crazy trying to find which knob you drilled.

How to Convert Bicycle Tires Into Studded Snow Tires

4 Put duct tape over the screws on the inside of the tire; sometimes it is best to use two layers of tape. You can purchase “tire liners” (there are a few brands include Slime and Mr. Tuffy) that are designed to go in between the tube and the tire instead of using duct tape to protect the tube.

How to Convert Bicycle Tires Into Studded Snow Tires

5 Mount the tires back on the rims. Getting the tires mounted on the rims will be difficult, comparable to wrestling a rabid porcupine. Method 2 Using Tires with Tubes

How to Convert Bicycle Tires Into Studded Snow Tires

1 Take wheels off of the bicycle, and the plain tires off the wheels.

How to Convert Bicycle Tires Into Studded Snow Tires

2 Find places to put screws through the tires. You will need to find spaces in the tread pattern if your tires aren’t bald (remember now, only put them through the outer sides and perfectly in the middle… easiest if you only use the sides).

How to Convert Bicycle Tires Into Studded Snow Tires

3 Mark the points, and then use the screwdriver/drill to pierce through the points you marked. But be careful to drill a very small hole so that it takes you some moderate effort and time to put the screws like mentioned below. This will prevent it from collapsing inside.

How to Convert Bicycle Tires Into Studded Snow Tires

4 Put the screws pointing outward, then thread the nuts over the screws that poke through the tire. The nuts have now become your studs.

How to Convert Bicycle Tires Into Studded Snow Tires

5 Put duct tape over the screws on the inside of the tire; sometimes it is best to use two layers of tape.

How to Convert Bicycle Tires Into Studded Snow Tires

6 Put the tires back on the rims (with tubes inside of course) and then place them back on the bike nice and tight. Method 3 Using a Chain and Clips

How to Convert Bicycle Tires Into Studded Snow Tires

1 This method is by far the most reliable and easy to apply. However, it is only possible on bicycles without rim brakes.

How to Convert Bicycle Tires Into Studded Snow Tires

2 Get yourself the materials needed for this method.

How to Convert Bicycle Tires Into Studded Snow Tires

3 Take wheels off the bike and measure the cylindrical diameter of the tyres (with rims).

How to Convert Bicycle Tires Into Studded Snow Tires

4 Cut the measured length pieces (12 – 18) of the chain so it fits tightly with the tyre.

How to Convert Bicycle Tires Into Studded Snow Tires

5 Fix the chain at its place with steel clips or some iron wire. Nuts and screws can also be used.

How to Convert Bicycle Tires Into Studded Snow Tires

6 Mount the tires back on the bike. This won’t be much of a problem but if it happens then pep-up your bike’s mud-guards.

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