Join Date: Aug 2009
Bikes: 2011 Felt F3 Ltd, 2010 Trek 2.1, 2009 KHS Flite 220, 1991 Bianchi Osprey
Best pedal system for riding on icy or plowed roads?
My existing winter rig is an old MTB with wide studded tires. I ride this through snow/ice/whatever on roads and trails. Because I ride this one in the deep cold, I wear warm hiking boots and use Power Grips on platform pedals. The Power Grips also allow me to get out of the pedals when I wipe out in deep snow (which happens).
But this bike is too slow and hard to pedal when conditions are not that extreme, on plowed or mostly clear roads with occasional hard packed snow and/or ice. So I"m setting up a steel touring bicycle (a 2009 KHS Flite 220) for those conditions, using Nokian A10 tires.
But what should I do for shoes and pedals? This is Minnesota, so the temperatures can be cold. It seems to me that the options are to either do the same as on the MTB (hiking boots and Power Grips) or to spring for some serious winter cycling boots such as Lakes and use them with MTB pedals. This would be much more expensive.
Are there other options I haven't considered?