This is my 4th year of nearly daily winter riding and this was the first day when I had to turn back home. We've had sleet and snow covered roads most of the year so far and i have been getting along fine with studded tires. FF >>to today.
We had a little over 6 " of snow over night and the stuff was COMPLETELY wet and heavy. The temp when I left out this morning was 32 F and that really complicated things. This is the first time i've encountered conditions where the bike simply wouldn't go. On the roads that had been plowed the squirm was unbelievable. I am used to squirm but this was crazy. I was chasing the front wheel from the second i left the garage.
This was so difficult that i decided to head for unplowed roads and for a multi-use trail that i knew wouldn't be plowed. WRONG! After reaching the unplowed road that connects to the MUP I quickly learned that I was stuck. The front wheel was still squirming all over the place and the snow wrapped around the wheels so bad that the wheels were locking up because of the snow around the v-brakes.
This was when i learned that I would have to turn back. I hate "giving in" but sometimes you just can't overcome mother nature. The only thing i could have done was walk the bike for a couple hours but that was rather pointless. The main problem is that the temp was simply too warm. 32F and heavy snow is a BAD combination.
So I bow to Mother Nature. You win. I'll wait for your grace, when I can ride again. (hopefully tomorrow )