I'm really diggin' these Conti Top Contact Winter tires. Not studded but the rubber compound and tread do make a difference, they make 3" of snow ride feel more like 1" and don't spin out as readily on slick inclines.
Doubled my previous top ride distance in snow after today's storm (11 miles). Now I know it's possible for derailleurs to freeze solid, and that 6 inches of snow works really well as a bike stand :D
Mystery Schwinn Winter Frankenbike, with quite possibly the last two 27" Tioga Bloodhound tires ever sold.
I have one of these hubs I am planning to build up but just don't know where I will use it yet.
We went from -27 to thawing over the course of a day here as a Chinook blew in from the south... this brings warmer and wetter Pacific air and the little bit of freezing rain has made the roads like curling ice.
Despite that... I have been riding the new fixed gear sans studs (albeit carefully) and swapped the rear cog last night to lower my gearing just a smidge which feel great.
My first attempt at a Winter bike. I'm thinking this one will become a dedicated "ice" bike for next year. It has horizontal rear dropouts and reinstalling the rear wheel and keeping it straight with gloves or frozen fingers is a PITA. I'd only be riding on ice close to home and wouldn't be trying to fix a flat but with dry roads I might be venturing far enough that fixing a flat in cold weather could be a possibility. I have a Bendix 2 speed kickback hub that combined with studded tires might make for an interesting ice bike. Most of the components and accessories on it now would migrate to another frame with vertical dropouts for my beater/Winter bike.
The picture was taken today after a failed attempt at riding on glare ice. I stayed upright but the bike didn't go where I was wanting to go. The streets here are covered with it and they have a pretty steep crown. Once you get off the crown you start sliding toward the edge of the road and all you can do is go with it. Snow is no problem but the ice wins every time and right now there is no money in the bike budget for studded tires.
Fun in the snow http://http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2878/1...d8e81200_c.jpg P1090982 by DennisLitto, on Flickr
Don't have any, both hands are on the handlebars.
Taken a few days before Christmas last year. Struble Trail in Downingtown, Chester County PA. Temperature was a balmy 40°F.