My last bicycle trip was a complete nightmare. Snow and ice everywhere, with no plowing anywhere. It made me re-realize what I already became all too familiar with last winter: it's a scary nightmare bicycling in that entire season.
I know that there are "winter tyres" with little metal spikes on them and a completely different and deeper pattern, but the issue with this is that I would have to keep switching tyres twice a year, or pay for this. Both are very problematic options for me. And I don't have the money or room to have two separate bicycles: one for proper winter and one for the rest of the seasons, although this would be a dream solution.
Sadly, when doing research, it turns out that there is no such thing as a "snow chain" for bicycles. There are ones for cars and various big vehicles, but also for motorcycles and even e-bikes! But not for plain old bicycles. Very frustrating. I even asked a professional about this, so it's not just the usual thing where this technically exists but only in the USA and I can't get hold of it, or it isn't compatible, etc.
I expected there to be some kind of similar product, such as maybe an "outer layer" that you can just wrap around your summer tyres to turn them into winter ones. Something clever and non-problematic like that.
Do I really have to hibernate the entire winter and not get any kind of exercise or fresh air for months just because of the stupid ice and snow and slippery madness? Is there some "do it yourself" method of temporarily "winterizing" one's bicycle tyres? I don't understand what the problem is if they can make them for all these other vehicles including ones which are literally bicycles with a little engine to help handicapped or "convenient" people.