The solution to winter snow and slush – a “track” bike

Via Toronto Star

Via Toronto Star:

Preddy said he rides for recreation and to stay in shape. His Ktrak kit converts just about any mountain bike into a kind of pedal-powered snowmobile, with a ski in the front and a track wrapped around a back wheel. A full kit will cost almost $550; the track alone, about $420.

And if the Ktrak’s creator has his way, bikes like Preddy’s will join the crush of winter traffic on Toronto streets before the year is through.

“I absolutely see it as a commuting tool,” said Kyle Reeves, the Ktrak’s 37-year-old inventor, from his home on Vancouver Island, B.C. “Most commuters aren’t going to use the ski on the front … just the track for its traction.”

Michael Costello, a long-time winter cyclist and proponent of automobile euthanasia, rides his bike year-round for financial reasons.

“I put down my last car 14 years ago, and I save about $7,000 a year by using a bicycle,” he said.

There are plenty of options – all less transformative, and less expensive, than the Ktrak – for cyclists looking to winterize their bikes.

Michael Cranwell, general manager of Duke’s Cycle on Richmond St. W., suggests attaching fenders to your bike and swapping for studded tires, which cost from $70 to $110 each. Lights are important, too, for days when visibility is poor. “What’s most important, is dressing for it – having the right gear.”

Full article here

More info on Ktrak here

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Duncan rides bicycles in the city of Toronto and contributes to the main blog of BikingToronto as well as writing and taking photos for his blog Duncan's City Ride.

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