Snow Bike is Snow Bike
by, 22 Dec 2011 at 03:37 PM (6116 Views)
A few years ago i got some big old snow tires for my bike. They're extra fat and they're studded, so they do a pretty good job. Usually i can trudge through the worst storms with aplomb. I've lost traction a few times but as of yet, on a snowy or icy surface, i have not fallen over with these tires, and only once have i had to get off my bike because i couldn't grip the ground. Sure, i've wrecked on a dry sandy road, slipped on grass, even gotten a sprained knee from slipping in a puddle on a warm summer day, but never ever have i fallen over in snow.
Today was different. I didn't fall over, but i could not gain traction on the roads. When i could get momentum, the back tire would shoot out every direction and gravity would pull me towards the side, where the snow was even worse. The snow was too deep and mixed with sand and whatever crap came off of car tires, i couldn't do it! I HAD TO GET OFF MY BIKE AND WALK. It wasn't all the way, the bike paths weren't bad and sometimes the sidewalks were easy enough. Even so, today, i lost confidence in Snow Bike. It's a sad day.
Also, Denver SUCKS for shoveling sidewalks and plowing crosswalks. I don't know why they think it's acceptable to plow all the way to the road and then leave a drift of mixed snow and garbage that's piled to my waist. I'm a healthy guy and i'm not short and i have a difficult time getting through it.
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