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Old 12-28-12, 10:52 AM   #1
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First Snow

We had snow on Christmas eve, then snow, sleet and rain on the 26th. Returned to work yesterday so I put the Nokians on and braved it in. The shoulders weren't clean, so it was slow going. I took a relatively short route of 10 miles and it took me well over an hour. I had fogotten how heavy and slow the Nokians are, so I was beat yesterday. I need to remember that winter means fewer, slower miles, but you're still getting plenty of work-out.
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Old 12-28-12, 02:58 PM   #2
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It's so rare that I need studded tires that I've never bought any. But after this latest storm, I may reconsider. That was a long walk through the snow to find a grocery store, and I didn't trust my street slicks on the icy roads.
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Old 12-28-12, 03:50 PM   #3
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We had it in Texas the day before except it was hailstorm, thunderstorm, clearingstorm, then snow.

I rode an old hard tail yesterday to get a couple of miles in. Luckily it wasnt a commute so I could quit when I wanted.
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What is this snow thing and that ice that you speak of? We here know not of these strange substances in Florida...........................













If you don't believe me just come down here when we do get the light dusting of snow and a little ice on the roads, it is Katy Bar The Door with these drivers. I get inside and start a fire and grab a good book.

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What is this snow thing and that ice that you speak of? We here know not of these strange substances in Florida...........................













If you don't believe me just come down here when we do get the light dusting of snow and a little ice on the roads, it is Katy Bar The door with these drivers. I get inside and start a fire and grab a good book.

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Same thing here on the wet side of Oregon. The parents of my pseudo-grand-daughter took her to Reno this holiday. They spent an hour recounting the wrecks they saw and nearly participated in to me earlier today. I much prefer my rain in a liquid state.
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We have enough snow that 4wd is required to get to our house. We have 4 miles of dirt/ gravel to the mail box and another mile until pavement. On the plus side, we are heading S tomorrow to Lake Mead to do some winter cycling with both solo bikes and the tandem. We have been below 0 at night and below freezing for highs....
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It's so rare that I need studded tires that I've never bought any. But after this latest storm, I may reconsider. That was a long walk through the snow to find a grocery store, and I didn't trust my street slicks on the icy roads.
You may be better off with knobby tires. Studded tires won't necessarily be of use to you if the snow is deep enough, unless they're studded snow tires.
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The snow has been here since November. There's about 2 feet now. They only clear the main roads around here (the side roads they plow but there's always snow on the road) and the snow banks along the side of the road make biking safely nearly impossible. Consider yourselves fortunate, you southerners.
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I'll be on the studded tires soon. The roads are dry and clean, but the trails are icy.

Winter travel can be slow for a number of reasons. The bulkier clothes slow me down no matter what tire I'm using. Plus winter time riding is more about fighting cabin fever for me. Speed can wait until it's near 65f.
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You may be better off with knobby tires. Studded tires won't necessarily be of use to you if the snow is deep enough, unless they're studded snow tires.
My Nokians are good with ice, and when you ride in temps in the 20s and below, they're good to have. I've been in situations where I had a semi to my left and an ice patch coming up, and the Nokians held on tight. They're heavy and slow, but if you want to get out in bad weather, they're good to have.
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The snow has been here since November. There's about 2 feet now. They only clear the main roads around here (the side roads they plow but there's always snow on the road) and the snow banks along the side of the road make biking safely nearly impossible. Consider yourselves fortunate, you southerners.
That's a shame. I wonder if places like Minneapolis clear the bike lanes in winter.
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We've had 4 inches of snow in southern R. I. several days ago but roads are mostly dry and it is mostly warm enough that wet spots are not ice. The bike club's annual New Year's day ride drew a nice crowd of 35 or so members. All my rides in the last month have been short trips around town so it was good to get out into the countryside to stretch the legs.
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What is this snow thing and that ice that you speak of? We here know not of these strange substances in Florida...........................
Now that's just.... wrong.
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You may be better off with knobby tires. Studded tires won't necessarily be of use to you if the snow is deep enough, unless they're studded snow tires.
Typically around here, we get more ice than snow. Maybe 3-6" of snow which partially melts the next day and then refreezes the next night.
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