Learn how to make your own tire chains for your bike!

Over on, I resurrected an article that my brother, Randy wrote a while back. Before getting station to Yuma, Az, Randy was stationed in New Cumberland, PA. It would snow there all the time and even parts of the might Susquehana River would freeze. So when he was there, he decided to try his hand in making some chains for his bike.

Check out the How To right HERE.
tire chains for bicycle


  1. Marrock

    I like that in place of the studs but how did they effect handling and did they do any damage to the tires?

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  3. Randy Policar

    Prior to installing the tire chains, the back tire always spun when I started pedaling. While turning, I had to go slow enough to ensure the front tire didn’t slip from under me. The tire chains helped quite a bit. It felt like the tires grabbed the road a bit more than not having them in place. I didn’t experience any tire damage at all. Having tire chains this winter for less than $14 isn’t a bad deal at all. Post a comment if you decide to try it.

  4. Sam

    I made a pair about 15 years ago but they are held on the wheel entirely by the tire’s air pressure. No need for the zip ties crossing over the rim – best part is that is they work even if you don’t have disc brakes. I used a heavier gauge, mashed-link chain – maybe it’s overkill but it will hold up a long time because the links are welded. They work great for rear wheel traction but the front it still a little unstable, especially in the turns. I don’t know if that can ever be overcome completely.

    Ride safe!
    Janesville, Calif.

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  6. Noah

    Dude! You got featured on Make! Way to go RL!

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  9. Jared

    A great commercially available bike tire chain setup is made by Slipnot Traction Systems. I’m an idiot when it comes to making these things like this myself, and chains are a godsend for controlling roll.

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