If you, like me, live in a place that gets regularly dumped on by fluffy white stuff in the off-season, there’s a good chance that you don’t get out on your bike as often in the winter as you do in the summer. Part of the reason for this couch-potato-itis is because when the snow gets deep, bikes –even with studded tires– tend to bog down. A new company out of BC thinks they have the answer: Ktrak.
The idea behind Ktrak is pretty simple: turn your bike into a human-powered snowmobile. To that end, Ktrak will take a pile of your cash in exchange for a ski that replaces the front wheel, and a track that replaces the rear. The rear kit slots into your dropouts, and is steadied by a rod running to the seatpost. The rear kit works with both disc and rim brakes, but keeping in mind how well rim brakes work when wet and packed with snow (hint: they don’t), I’d recommend sticking to the disc version. If you’re planning on converting your gravity rig, a 20mm thru-axle adapter will let the front ski play nice with your fork.
You’ll probably have a tough time convincing your local ski hill to let you drag this up the chair, but if you’ve got access to some snowy trails, then the Ktrak looks like a pretty fun way to beat the winter blues.