Join Date: Nov 2002
Bikes: 97 thin blue line rigid mtb, mid 80s norco monterey sl, gave away the rest recently
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winter and folders
I just wanted to know if anyone else has had stupendous success with riding little wheeled folding bikes in the wintery gunk? In the winter my bike of choice is an "Auto-Mini", a 451 wheeled (odd 20") folding bike with a Sturmey-Archer AW, which I found in the trash. It carves like skis! My other folder, a Raleigh Twenty also handles quite well, but I hate to put it in the salt.
I have a few theories as to why these bikes love the snow so much. One is the very low centre of gravity (well, for a nonrecumbent). They both use the monotube design, which places the weight low. Of course the little wheels don't hurt. These also allows me to plant both my feet down if needed without bagging myself. But this can't be the sole reason for their oneness with slush. Maybe it's the more square and less rectangular tire/road patch.
Any plausible theories would be much appreciated!