I had a couple Buddies in the shop yesterday 1 from MA, 1 from NY. so we BS'd most of the afternoon.
We were talking about winter riding and this came up
"Remember the time Rock showed up with the coat hangers twisted around his tires?"
I was on my way to a party, it was cold and raining, then it started to ice an snow. Well I'm going through one of these commercial corridors, that have a zillon stores and are packed during the week. However on Sunday night after 6 they are deserted, and nobody lives in these places.
I'm sliding pretty bad, i'm slowed way down, starting to feel my fingers get frosty.
Enough, I head behind one of the strip malls set ups. I get some cardboard, smash a pallet, pop my fuel line for a little fire starter, now were not freezing. Hang my gloves on a stick by the fire and put my hands in pockets while I scout the area, (not sure if Im going to be spending the night back here or what)
Behind the dry cleaner is hundreds of wire hangers, I get an idea, the worst it can do is not work. I grab an arm full and head back to my bike.
Using my linemans pliers I wrapped a hanger around a spoke ran it on a little slant across the tire and wrapped on another spoke., then again until I was all the way around both tires. Then I let 7lb out of each tire put on my toasty warm gloves and left for the party with a load of hangers looped on my sissy bar.
It did the trick I made it slowly the remaining 16 miles without a hitch, I did break a spoke and have to move one hanger in route.
Now days I think I would just stay home, maybe not