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My car is snowed in...I'll ride instead... (ride report)(20 posts)

My car is snowed in...I'll ride instead... (ride report)biknben
Dec 6, 2003 8:25 AM
I don't function well without my Saturday morning bagel. While my neighbors shovel out their cars I pull out with my bike and take off. It doesn't phase them...they already think I'm a freak. :-)

I know I've referred to my Surly as the beater before. That bike has since grown on me. Introducing my
i real
beater. An old hardtail converted to SS. I didn't bother to use a tensioner. I just went with whatever gear combo worked. No rear brake ('cause I'm lazy). Fork was found on eBay for $15. I put the studded tires on it last night.
Out my front door...biknben
Dec 6, 2003 8:37 AM
A front had moved up the coast yesterday. The snow let up overnight after leaving about 5 inches of snow. A second storm was moving in from the Great Lakes and was just arriving as I left at 7:30am. Temps were around 25* with gusty winds. I was bundled in my warmest stuff.
The roads were all mine...biknben
Dec 6, 2003 8:42 AM
20 minutes into the ride and I still hadn't been passed by a car. This is a four lane road that I always avoid due to traffic.
Hitting the local singletrack...biknben
Dec 6, 2003 8:45 AM
I headed to Mercer County Park. Only the plows and a couple snowmobiles had gotten there before me. I hit some of the trails.
Looks like a place for X-country skis!Alexx
Dec 7, 2003 11:39 AM
I've pretty much given up cycling in snow like that, especially on MUT's. My X-country skis work better, and give a more complete workout, too.
First Tracks...biknben
Dec 6, 2003 8:46 AM
re: My car is snowed in...I'll ride instead... (ride report)tmotz
Dec 6, 2003 8:47 AM
How well did the studded tires work?
Did you make them or buy them?
Here in Toledo we had a light covering but most of its already gone.
More info here....biknben
Dec 6, 2003 9:17 AM
I posted some details on the tires recently. biknben "Supposed to SNOW here tomorrow..." 11/24/03 7:37am

They are best for hard packed snow. If the snow is too deep (say 6 inches) I get bogged down just trying to go forward. If the streets are bare or ice covered the studs are too long and get unstable.

My time on the trails today was short lived. The snow was too deep already. On the roads I was fine. The studs sink into the packed snow and provide excellent grip. I have no trouble turning, braking, or accelerating.

I'm planning to buy some 700c studded tires for my commuter. They would have shorter studs that are more appropriate for plowed roads that may be icy or occasionally snow covered.
Here's my local MUT...biknben
Dec 6, 2003 8:48 AM
It's very doubtful anyone else will be using them today.
Back on the roads...biknben
Dec 6, 2003 8:51 AM
I actually had a destination in mind....biknben
Dec 6, 2003 8:53 AM
Remember that bagel I mentioned?
Breakfast anyone???biknben
Dec 6, 2003 8:58 AM
Here's my favorite. Sausage, egg, and cheese on a cheddar-Jalapenia (sp?) bagel. Sound funky but it is awesome. A frothy hot chocolate to go with it on a snowy day.
Thoroughly stuffed and on my way home...biknben
Dec 6, 2003 9:01 AM
One last shot as I'm nearing home.
Hey, post this over in PassionNatC
Dec 6, 2003 9:24 AM
in addition to here. I know they'd like it over on mtbr too.
That looks like one of the funnest rides ever!!!gala7516
Dec 6, 2003 9:54 AM
What kind of comments do you get from the people in the shop???

I hope that I can motivate myself to do the same this winter!
I'm a regular at that bagel shop...biknben
Dec 6, 2003 10:56 AM
Well maybe not a regular, but they recognize me. I ride there often too so they are used to the strange outfit.

I think the girl at the register was flirting with me. Then again, she may have been laughing at the frozen bugger on my face. :-0
For the sake of this discussion, she was flirtinggala7516
Dec 6, 2003 2:38 PM
I am going to be looking forward to the snowfalls soon! I just need to find a good bakery!
That's showing all those wusses out west what real riders do on a snow day! nmMB1
Dec 6, 2003 3:44 PM
Nice report... it made my wife jealous!Tig
Dec 6, 2003 9:04 PM
Riding in adverse conditions has a special reward for those who dare and succeed!

Any problems with rim brakes in the snow? After installing and bleeding (3 times) an open bath Magura hydraulic system, I'm considering Avid mechanicals or just good ol' V-brakes on the next bike.
Nice report... it made my wife jealous!biknben
Dec 7, 2003 7:00 AM
Although I didn't have any braking issues today, they are common. In deep snow, the rims will get icy. OTOH, the snow slows you down so much you can slow down quickly just by coasting. It's similar to riding through standing water.