Bike addict, dreamer
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Queens, New York
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Originally Posted by 1nterceptor
There is a hardcore Brooklyn commuter on these forum.
Adam commutes year round, I think he even uses studded
tires on his bike to have more control in the snow.
Oh, I missed your post
Yeah, that would be me
People at work don't even ask anymore "did you ride today?!". It has become part habit, part addiction, part "Me v.s Mother Nature" affair.... and I really hate subways. I skipped one day, the first snowfall after Christmas because the snow was few feet deep, streets were not plowed I would have to carry my bike through knee-deep snow to the main streets and even those were in bad shape, so I had to draw a line somewhere and I stayed home that day. Then I was off for a couple off weeks in January so I didn't commute but I did laundry and shopping by bike because I didn't feel like digging my car out and dealing with all that crazy nuts traffic.
The studs help with ice and very hard packed snow, but not really with fresh snow or anything in between. That's where the size of the tires and big knobs help. My studded tires are 2.0 and knobby, like off-road, dirt tires but I wish I could get fatter ones. I think Nokian or Schwalbe makes 2.2 studded tires, I might get those for next Winter. The current tires I have are the cheapest studded tires: Continental Spike Claw. Not bad, but the steel is harder and the compounds are better on the Nokian and Schwalbe tires.
Plus, I keep my center of gravity low, first by riding a 26" bike, second by carrying stuff in low hanging panniers, weight distributed evenly around the bike.
BTW, I ride from Maspeth, thorough Williamsburg, take Grand Ave to Willy B then 1st Ave up to 30th Street, black MTB with gray panniers on the front and back, yellow striped reflective tape on the panniers and now a black crate strapped to the rear rack. It's the bike linked in my signature, except now it also has panniers in the front. So if you see me, say "hi!"
Just don't startle me, LOL!!!!