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Cycling in the ice - Spray

yeachan153yeachan153 Posts: 401
edited January 2013 in Road buying advice
Cars seem to have sprays that apparently increase grip by applying a coating of resin. Something like this: ... 659&sr=8-5

Could something like this be used on a bicycle? I understand there is very little contact patch on a road bike in the first place, but for the occasional black ice that hang around after the snow is gone it may work?

I don't suppose anyone has tried this?


  • nochekmatenochekmate Posts: 3,460
    Ice on the roads = turbo time and I would not be using any product to try to convince me to do otherwise on a road bike.
  • alihisgreatalihisgreat Posts: 3,872
    Its not worth going out and falling off... you'll end up spending time off the bike anyway..

    so do something else for the two weeks that we have snow, or do nothing (and call them 'rest weeks' to anyone that asks) if you're not confident of going out and staying safe.
  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    It'll likely wear off by the time you find any black ice
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • navrignavrig Posts: 1,352
    Read some of the reviews. They are reviews of the prompt delivery and not the product!!

    I suspect there is an element of the Emperor's Clothes and that it is just a con. I cannot see how a residual resin can improve on the shear grip between tyre and snow/ice. Even if it did improve the shear grip at the tyre/ice interface the snow and ice would slip on a different plane away from the tyre.

    Reminds me of the spray which the maker claimed would stop speed cameras from reading your number plate. I watched a salesman try to convince a bunch of motorcyclists at the Scottish Bike show one year. He failed miserably.
  • The only safe option for riding on ice is studded tyres.
  • smidsysmidsy Posts: 5,273
    The only safe option for riding is not to ride on ice.

    FIFY :D
    Yellow is the new Black.
  • Yeah, I have some snake oil that you can apply to your tyres to archive the same effect. PM me if you're interested.
  • smidsy wrote:
    The only safe option for riding is not to ride on ice.

    FIFY :D

    I guess you're right smidsy, in all honesty! :D
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