As cold weather continues to blanket many regions around the world, lots of cyclists are given two choices, either retreat to indoor training or face the harsh conditions winter riding presents.
Whether one is a die-hard cyclist who’s willing to brave the elements, or an urban commuter who’s forced to face each day with challenging weather conditions, one thing is for certain, proper tires are essential for dealing with snow and ice conditions.
However, this often requires a series of different wheel and tire set-ups in order to meet the demands of winter. But, what if there was a simply and effective way to adapt to these conditions?
Well, the Norwegian startup reTyre has launched a new product that’s designed to give serious cyclists a single-quiver solution that avoids complicated change-outs, thanks to an innovation zip-on tire system.
While the concept seems a little far-flung the system appears to be quite simple, which involves two small zippers that allow a layer of either studded or knobby rubber to be attached to a dedicated tire.
According to reTyre, their zip-on system is the product of two years of rigorous testing, whereby they claim to have evaluated over 4,500 “alpha” tires that “passed with flying colors.”
Here’s how it works.
The system comes supplied with a standard tire that serves as the base to attach (or zip in this case) the threads to, which is available in 26-, 27.5-, 28-, and 29-inch sizes.
From there, reTyre offers three “skins” ranging from a winter tire that sports 156 carbide studs, a light-patterned, all-terrain skin that’s ideal for gravel and other uneven surfaces and a Trail X skin aimed at aggressive downhill mountain riding.
The company claims swapping the skins is as easy as “zipping up your jacket’, thanks to a self-locking zipper that can be secured in less than a minute.
So what prevents the zipper from getting all gunked up? And, what if it breaks?
reTyre says, “centrifugal forces create a self-cleaning effect”, while a tongue located between the seams acts to seal-off and protect the system from the elements and lose objects on the road.
As far as a broken zipper is concerned, reTyre makes no mentioning of a solution. We can only assume this would involve a tedious repair that could only be performed by say, a cobbler.
If the thought of dealing with a broken zipper hasn’t deterred you, reTyre is currently taking part in a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter, offering special incentives for early backers.
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