When the world is blanketed in snow, cycling can become a bit of a chore, and some riders turn to more conventional winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. With a ski bike, you can keep riding.
The ski bikes shown in the video resemble conventional full-suspension mountain bikes but have skis in place of wheels, and no pedals or drivetrain.
The rear ski is fixed straight-ahead while the front ski turns with the bars. Both seem to able to tilt fore-aft, but they’re sprung in such a way that the movement is controllable.
A further key difference is that, as with regular skis, there are no brakes, which must feel quite intimidating when you first jump on. Speed is controlled by carving left and right, or, as happens throughout the video, falling over.
Ski biking looks mildly terrifying and enormously amusing. Could you be tempted to swap wheels for skis?
Matthew Loveridge (formerly Allen) is an experienced mechanic and an expert on bike tech who appreciates practical, beautifully-engineered things. Originally a roadie, he likes bikes and kit of every stripe, and he's tested a huge variety of both over the years for BikeRadar, Cycling Plus and others. For a long time Matthew's heart belonged to the Scott Addict, but he's currently enjoying Specialized's sublime Roubaix Expert and having a torrid affair with a Giant Trance e-MTB. At 174cm tall and 53kg, he looks like he should be better at cycling than he actually is, and he's ok with that.