Now that Portlanders have experienced a “real” winter storm (not the occasional dusting of snow we usually get), some folks are beginning to think about how to equip themselves to ride through anything.
Somehow, that doesn’t look as silly to me as it used to.
If you’re still searching for options, how about a set of chains for your tires?
These chains were spotted by reader Jim “K’Tesh” Parsons out in Beaverton. They look very well-made but I’m not sure where you’d find these in stores (anyone know?). If you’re feeling industrious and if riding around with screws sticking out of your tires isn’t your thing, check out this DIY how-to on how to make your own set of bike tire chains. Also check out IceBike.com for more on bike tire chains.
What sort of heavy artillery have you broken out to keep riding in this crazy storm?
UPDATE: I had a feeling some of you would bring up the Surly Pugsley. Here’s a photo of a custom Pugsley I reported on back in 2006. Two of them were built up for a Nike VP by Northeast Portland-based Cyclepath.
More photos here.
Of course, if money was no object, the bike I’d choose over all others would be this handmade beauty by Jeff Jones down in Southern Oregon (as seen at the Oregon Manifest bike show):