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Chuvak 01-22-05 04:25 PM

What a wonderful time I had :D ! Came home from work and went out for a ride. On the way home I saw a few delivery guys on their bike slipping and sliding, I knew I was in for a treat. Itís snowing HARD here In New York. They are expecting anywhere from 12 to 20 inches. So anyways, back to my rideÖÖ Didnít dress as worm as yesterday because itís around 20 today and no wind. Deflated tires about half way, for better traction, yes Iím running slicks. :eek: And went out hoping Iíll be able to stay on. The first time I got on, it wasnít happening. After a few tries I managed to pedal in my lowest granny gear, and off I went. Rode on sidewalks because of safety concerns plus fresh snow gives better traction then car compressed snow on the road. Went around my and few other blocks with constant slipping and sliding. Taking corners was more of a sliding action then cornering. But with just right application of physics, my weight and brakes (which I didnít have), I managed it. A few people were shoveling the show and one guy I passed started laughing really loud. I wonder why, but I didnítícare because I had a grin myself :D . Tell you the truth, now I can take any trail out there after this balancing act. Loved it, if you thinking about doing something like that stop thinking and go out there. Itís like riding bike for the first time!!!!!!!!


http://home.earthlink.net/~linckman/AAA.JPG
Out of my building, before putting on my gloves decided to take a pic.


http://home.earthlink.net/~linckman/CCC.JPG
Like Ii said, SLICKS baby ! You just a bunch of scared little girls with your studded tires out there. There, I said it :D

http://home.earthlink.net/~linckman/DDD.JPG
Check out the snow build up on the brakes and my granny gear. Iím happy that I didnít swap out my triple for a single ;) Virtually had no braking power, but i wasn't going fast anyways.

http://home.earthlink.net/~linckman/EEE.JPG
those are my tracks...

http://home.earthlink.net/~linckman/Bike1234.JPG
My bike :)

cabana 4 life 01-22-05 04:34 PM

Rode To Work This Morning Storm Was Just Ending Had A Rough Time On The Unplowed Streets Still Fun Rode Last Night In Thick Of It Was Fun Not Quite As Hard No Cars Out

norton 01-22-05 04:44 PM

Man!...your pics are so large & lifelike I looked under my desk to see if any snow was building up there!....Seriously, I had to scan sideways to get the whole picture....like panorama....made me wish I had one of those fancy 2-3 screen set-ups....

HereNT 01-22-05 05:08 PM

Those are fatty slicks. Cheater. Try it on 700x23c slicks, then come talk to me.

KevinmH9 01-22-05 05:19 PM

Very nice, if my bike was insulated for winter riding I'd go out and bike where here in New Hampshire we may get up close to 2 feet of snow. :D

cabana 4 life 01-22-05 05:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chuvak
What a wonderful time I had :D ! Came home from work and went out for a ride. On the way home I saw a few delivery guys on their bike slipping and sliding, I knew I was in for a treat. Itís snowing HARD here In New York. They are expecting anywhere from 12 to 20 inches. So anyways, back to my rideÖÖ Didnít dress as worm as yesterday because itís around 20 today and no wind. Deflated tires about half way, for better traction, yes Iím running slicks. :eek: And went out hoping Iíll be able to stay on. The first time I got on, it wasnít happening. After a few tries I managed to pedal in my lowest granny gear, and off I went. Rode on sidewalks because of safety concerns plus fresh snow gives better traction then car compressed snow on the road. Went around my and few other blocks with constant slipping and sliding. Taking corners was more of a sliding action then cornering. But with just right application of physics, my weight and brakes (which I didnít have), I managed it. A few people were shoveling the show and one guy I passed started laughing really loud. I wonder why, but I didnítícare because I had a grin myself :D . Tell you the truth, now I can take any trail out there after this balancing act. Loved it, if you thinking about doing something like that stop thinking and go out there. Itís like riding bike for the first time!!!!!!!!


http://home.earthlink.net/~linckman/AAA.JPG
Out of my building, before putting on my gloves decided to take a pic.


http://home.earthlink.net/~linckman/CCC.JPG
Like Ii said, SLICKS baby ! You just a bunch of scared little girls with your studded tires out there. There, I said it :D

http://home.earthlink.net/~linckman/DDD.JPG
Check out the snow build up on the brakes and my granny gear. Iím happy that I didnít swap out my triple for a single ;) Virtually had no braking power, but i wasn't going fast anyways.

http://home.earthlink.net/~linckman/EEE.JPG
those are my tracks...

http://home.earthlink.net/~linckman/Bike1234.JPG
My bike :)




hay what tires are those my freind has been looking but cant find what he wants he said those look good

Mark4 01-22-05 08:09 PM

Great pics! Looks like you've had a blast. Can't blame ya. I love riding in snow... even commuted in it with my mtb when I lived in Maine. My coworkers thought I was crazy... perhaps they were right :D

slvoid 01-22-05 08:36 PM

Heh, try going out now, it looks like you had about 3 inches on the ground during your ride. 12 inches would be halfway up your tires.
Most snow I was in was about 8 inches, my pedals were hitting the snow everytime I pedaled, everyonce in a while the whole pedal would be submerged in the snow, pedaling was a b*tch but I had knobbies.
Those slicks look painful. :eek:

Chuvak 01-22-05 11:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KevinmH9
Very nice, if my bike was insulated for winter riding I'd go out and bike where here in New Hampshire we may get up close to 2 feet of snow. :D

What do you mean insulated. As far as Iím concern the only thing that is needed for winter riding are studded tires and wet chain lube. None of which I have on right now :D

Quote:

Originally Posted by norton
Man!...your pics are so large & lifelike I looked under my desk to see if any snow was building up there!....Seriously, I had to scan sideways to get the whole picture....like panorama....made me wish I had one of those fancy 2-3 screen set-ups....

Thanks, i thought that reading my story would be much more entertaining with pictures, so here they are. You say they are way too big, what's the size of your screen? I have 19 inch and all fit.

Quote:

Originally Posted by HereNT
Those are fatty slicks. Cheater. Try it on 700x23c slicks, then come talk to me.

You actually rode a 700x23c in snow like that? Wow, you good, really good! I couldnít dare to take my baby out in weather like thatÖ :eek:


Quote:

Originally Posted by cabana 4 life
hay what tires are those my freind has been looking but cant find what he wants he said those look good

The tires are: Tioga ďCity SlickersĒ 130 Tektetite. Mine are 26x1.95, but I think they came in 2.0 when I was ordering them from nashbar this summer. I looked through the site right now and couldn't find them.... Maybe you'll have more luck The only thing that bugs me is the yellowish sidewall. As you can tell I like black

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark4
Great pics! Looks like you've had a blast. Can't blame ya. I love riding in snow... even commuted in it with my mtb when I lived in Maine. My coworkers thought I was crazy... perhaps they were right :D

A few people think Iím nuts too.

Quote:

Originally Posted by slvoid
Heh, try going out now, it looks like you had about 3 inches on the ground during your ride. 12 inches would be halfway up your tires.
Most snow I was in was about 8 inches, my pedals were hitting the snow everytime I pedaled, everyonce in a while the whole pedal would be submerged in the snow, pedaling was a b*tch but I had knobbies.
Those slicks look painful. :eek:

Great ride isnít it? I had plans for tomorrow, but I donít think itís going to happen. Hitting snow with pedals is a pretty tough ride, did you sweat? :D

slvoid 01-22-05 11:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chuvak
WhatGreat ride isnít it? I had plans for tomorrow, but I donít think itís going to happen. Hitting snow with pedals is a pretty tough ride, did you sweat? :D

Hell yea. I was doing like, 8-10mph where I normally would be doing 20. So there was very little wind, it was about 25 degrees, I was bundled up and sweating like a pig but my fingers and toes were frozen. I don't think I'll ever do that again.

Chuvak 01-22-05 11:13 PM

Yes it was worm, very worm comparing to yesterday. I can tell you from experience that it always feels warmer when it's snowing and the ground is covered. I was sweating too though, big time!

slvoid 01-22-05 11:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chuvak
Yes it was worm, very worm comparing to yesterday. I can tell you from experience that it always feels warmer when it's snowing and the ground is covered. I was sweating too though, big time!

Well what happens is, it takes energy to convert something from a solid to a liquid to a vapor. Clouds are mostly liquid, when it snows, this liquid converts back to a solid and in turn releases energy in the process.
Plus, you spelled "warm" wrong twice. :p

Dahon.Steve 01-22-05 11:32 PM

I was out there too in the snow with using a 16' inch wheel Dahon folding bike. It wasn't very fun but I had to take the bike home since it was locked at the train station.

Chuvak 01-22-05 11:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by slvoid
Well what happens is, it takes energy to convert something from a solid to a liquid to a vapor. Clouds are mostly liquid, when it snows, this liquid converts back to a solid and in turn releases energy in the process.
Plus, you spelled "warm" wrong twice. :p


I guess my brain didnít think it was as wOrm as the rest of me did

Chuvak 01-22-05 11:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve
I was out there too in the snow with using a 16' inch wheel Dahon folding bike. It wasn't very fun but I had to take the bike home since it was locked at the train station.

A folding bike Must have been a pain to steer with such a small wheel and long stem

BlazingPedals 01-23-05 09:28 AM

What was your grand total, Chuvak? It looks like I got about 13 inches here in mid-Michigan. There's 3-foot drifts on my roof, though, from the 30-40 mph winds we had! I spend about 5 hours yesterday plowing and snow-blowing. I have GOT to get a bigger snow blower! Woke up to -6F this morning. No wind, at least. Happy riding; I am going to cross-country ski around the fields.

Chuvak 01-23-05 11:28 AM

It's a beautiful day today. Sun is shining, snow is sparkling. We had around 12 inches, nothing too exiting

nycm'er 01-23-05 12:16 PM

I was out yesterday last minute shopping, and loved it! I was on 28mm's and had a precarious but grand time. I found myself on Canal st, didn't feel so safe with the 2 ton cars sliding around, do any of you worry about cars not being able to stop even when they want to? Also me not being able to swerve quickly to avoid them made me think I was pushing it. Did any of you see the front page ot the NY Times? Great shot of a biker daring nature. Ride on!

J A Holman 01-23-05 01:47 PM

That looks fun! We had snow down here at X-mas time. A rarity this far south. I didn't ride in it though, the only 2 bikes I have are a good weather bike and a track-specific bike that I keep at the track. Besides I had all the family stuff too!


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