Snow-bike the answer for winter
Published 02/12/2010 | 17:00
For cyclists worried about venturing out in the snow, a specially converted snow-bike could be the answer.
Using a single ski blade and a caterpillar track instead of wheels, the snow-bike gives better traction than a conventional bike in the snow, according to a cycling breakdown company.
The Environmental Transport Association (ETA), which offers insurance and breakdown cover for cyclists, adapted a normal mountain bike for the snow using a kit imported from Canada.
The set, sold by K-Trak, costs £600 and fits to any bicycle, replacing the front wheel with a ski blade and the rear wheel with a caterpillar track.
Yannick Read, a spokesman for ETA, said he tested it at the indoor ski slope at Xscape in Milton Keynes.
He said: "It works beautifully. People assume you're going to be much more vulnerable on a bike but even a regular bicycle is remarkably good in snow.
"This is even better because it gives you lots of traction. It's a lot of fun to ride."
Mr Read said the snow-bike could make a good alternative to a snowboard.
He added: "If people want an alternative to a snowboard, it's the kind of thing you can take with you on the ski slope.
"The message is that you can cycle year-round. This morning was one of the best rides of the year for me, it was great fun."