Bike Spikes – Alternative to Studded Tires

Wintry weather has Bike Commuters layered up and thawing out this time of year.  Any of you Cycle Ladies and Gents have snow on the brain?  A prototype design for Bike Spikes may have you on your saddle and pedaling to work instead of reaching for your car keys on a Snow Day.  An alternative to studded tires for your bike, this Dutch student’s idea uses “spikes that wrap around a bike’s wheels and provide grip on a slick, snowy surface.”  

Bike Spikes

Bike Spikes wrap around your existing tires to help keep your ride from skidding in snow and ice. Click this image see check out the photo gallery.

No details on pricing just yet, but the product is said to be released next year.  Hopefully it could be competitive, considering the pricey options for studded tires on the market available from Continental, Nokian, and Kenda ($42 – $69 each).

Studded Tires Price Compare

Studded tires can be steep, not cheap!


The design looks slick, but let’s hope the Bike Spikes are anything but a slick ride!  To read more about the article published on January 12th, click here: article, Spikes on Bike Wheels Help Riding in Snow? 



  1. Elizabeth January 13, 2013 9:49 pm 

    Love the idea! (and the bright yellow color too!)
    Here in Chicago we’ve been without snow for quite some time .. no complaints from me .. but this design would certainly provide an easy on/off for the days the snow/ice do hit.
    I wonder how the spikes would do on pavement…

  2. Ghost Rider January 14, 2013 5:59 am 

    I REALLY like this idea — especially since other “snow chain” products on the market or DIY solutions often don’t play well with rim brakes. This looks super-easy to install — slip them on, crank a couple of turnbuckles and roll.

    I’ve contacted the designer to see about pricing — I really hope it is a cost-effective alternative to expensive studded tires!

  3. Matt January 14, 2013 6:26 pm 

    I’ve got a set of Nokian studded tires, but haven’t had cause to mount them yet this year… and no sign of needing to either. It was almost 60 degrees when I rode in to work this morning!

    That said – these look pretty cool, though they seem like they have fewer spikes than most studded tires.

  4. RANTWICK January 16, 2013 12:33 pm 

    Hmmm. I like that someone has taken a crack at solving the snow chain problem, but I am a little sceptical about how well they would stay on. As pictured, they aren’t nobby enough either… metal studs are great for ice, but you need nobs for deeper snow. Still, might work out great for people who experience snow and ice more rarely.

  5. Mir.I.Am January 17, 2013 9:44 am 

    Yes Yes, Rantwick – as always, being a late-adopter can insure you miss any product defects. In any case, I give a high-five for this guy’s attempt at thinking outside of studded tires!

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