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Winter, Hipsters, and Zip Ties

January 6, 2011

Snow chains required? No problem.

What do you do in the face of adversity?

When I’m good and frustrated about something, I usually get a good pout going.

I might whine. I might complain. I might even blog about it.

Other people do something about it.

When snow hit temperate Seattle this year, Fritz Rice of the Dutch Bike Co. did a very clever thing. He went to the hardware store and bought some zip ties.

Then, he wrapped a bunch of them strategically around his wheels to create ugly but functional DIY bike snow tires. Now, he “can accelerate, brake, and corner with aplomb, even on the vile snowpack/sheet ice mix the plows leave in the bike lanes.”

How ’bout that for overcoming adversity with ingenuity?

Being the beacon of morality that he is, Rice tips his helmet to that infamous group of too-cool-for-school young people: hipsters. He claims it was some fixie-riding, funny shoe-wearing kid who originally came up with the idea.

While he may not have dreamed up the idea, Rice knew enough to blog about it, which earned him a Treehugger shout-out.

Guess it pays to put away your pouty lip and put on your crafty hat.

Car-freely,
Amy

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. pawl permalink
    January 7, 2011 7:13 pm

    Some people say it’s duct tape, but I personally think it’s zipties that hold the world together.

  2. avaerewyck permalink
    January 10, 2011 12:21 pm

    You make a fine point. Also, let’s not underestimate the global adhesive potency of a bowl of good, thick oatmeal.

  3. pawl permalink
    January 10, 2011 11:54 pm

    This should be pointed out that the zip tie trick will only work on fixies or if you have disk brakes.
    I will not be responsible if you jack your friction brakes or wheel while attempting this.
    Just saying.
    Good luck.

  4. January 12, 2011 5:43 pm

    Thanks for the reference! I’ve been called many things, but never a beacon of morality. Keeping my crafty hat firmly cocked,
    -Fritz

  5. avaerewyck permalink
    January 21, 2011 2:09 pm

    Any time, Fritz. We’re creating car-free community from Denver to Portland! Check out what our local bike shop is doing for DIY bike snow tires:

    http://www.salvagetti.com/2011/01/16/home-made-snow-tires/

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