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How to easily convert your bike into a snow bike

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Before I bring you to the materials list, I'd better cover my butt with a disclaimer.

Disclaimer:
I'm not responsible if anyone gets hurt during the construction or use of this product. I design and construct this product in a manner that I believe is safe, but as in everything accidents do happen, so follow this Instructable at your own risk and please use all applicable safety equipment during the use and construction of this product such as a helmet when wearing it.

Now that we got that out of the way, time to begin the fun!


Intro:
In this Instructable we're going to learn how to build a bike that is ride-able in the snow, aka a snow bike, out of simple materials that are cheap and easy to work with. A good thing about this project is that the bike can be easily converted back afterwards.
 
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Step 1: Materials List

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Parts

• Ski or pair of skis preferably small, otherwise you may have to cut them down (I only had water skis, so i used those, but snow would probably work best)
• Zip-ties (at least 44, I bought two packs of 30 zip ties at the local dollar store for a dollar each.)
• A bike that isn't super expensive. (I used a $20 yard sale bike just in case something goes wrong you are not out much. Don't use your $2,000 Specialized or KHS for this project just to be safe.)


Tools

• Pliers
• Tape Measure
• Cutters that can cut zip-ties
• Drill
• Some type of writing utensil that can write on wood. Permanent markers and grease pencils work best.
Optional: For better precision of holes use a drill press
Advar4 months ago

About patching the rear tube...

Nice job though. how's the turning?

mykiscool (author)  Advar4 months ago
Different, but not bad considering it's in snow so the handling is different in general. It works, but I would not try any 360 burnouts :D
bajablue1 year ago
WTG mykiscool!!! :-D
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JoVaN...1 year ago
Dont forget to somehow block the front wheel,or the ski front will go downwards and stuck in snow as soon as it gets a chance.Maybe some hard springs that will hold it a bit upwards when not under pressure,and prevent it from going down in snow.
But great idea with zip ties,thin metal ones would be more expensive,but probably much better.
mykiscool (author)  JoVaN...1 year ago
Yeah, that's a great idea. I'd never thought of using metal zip-ties. So used to having the plastic ones around. :D
I'm going to use this on my soon to be moped! There is snow in the ground 4 months a year where i live. Thanks so much.
1. Does it ride in powder?
2. How fast does it go in snow?
I'm so anxious to hear from someone first-hand but bet is on poor control in powder due to the rear sinking in and acting like an anchor in powder drift or when trying to slide into a drift.
mykiscool (author)  masterbuilder1 year ago
I haven't tested in powder because we have just ended our snow season, but it does a decent speed. Next time I ride I'll gps the speed on it and let you know how fast it goes.
mykiscool (author) 1 year ago
Also, people if you like this project please be sure to vote so I can get a new set of tools to use on future projects. :D
coptician1 year ago
We used to do similar to dirt motorcycles. One observation though: there's no rigid connection between the forks and the ski. Attaching the ski only to the wheel will exponentially multiply the side forces applied to the wheel when steering, especially when steeringing out of a rut. It's not uncommon to "taco" an unmodified wheel with heavy steering inputs. With this setup, it's almost inevitable. Also, when wrapping the rear wheel, be sure to keep the cord tight. If it's loose, it'll ride up over the spoke nipples and pedaling torque will bend spokes at the least, break them at the worst. It's best to use a knobby tire, helps to keep the cord tight and evenly spaced around the wheel.
mykiscool (author)  coptician1 year ago
Yes, the zip ties should be tight, I agree. This is a simplified version meant to easily be built and reversed with home tools. I may in the future create a snow bike that's fully custom made with shop tools with a ski attached to a metal mount that can attach where the hubs are bolted. Thanks for your comments everyone!
Very nice, I will have to use this next year. Btw you should enter this in the bike contest.
nickodemus1 year ago
Do the back brakes still work with the zip ties attached?
mykiscool (author)  nickodemus1 year ago
No, the clearance was hitting but since it is in snow it is still easy to stop on your own or put your foot down to stop.
Nice one. Clever and Simple!
If only I'd found this 4 months ago
That is a really great idea and easily reversable too. Well done!