Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: central ohio
Bikes: 96 gary fisher 'utopia' : 99 Softride 'Norwester'(for sale), 1972 Raleigh Twenty. Surly 1x1 converted to 1x8, 96 Turner Burner
One thing is for sure. Your bike handling skills will greatly improve. I can ride in about 4 to 5 inches of snow without squirreling out. Anything above that and it gets iffy. That's when riding down a tire track comes in. It gets easier the more you do it. You slip down to a lower gear and find a good pedaling cadence, and try to make good time. I'm usually doing this at 4am on my way to work.
Anytime they call for an 1" or more of snow, I'm putting the studs on. One less thing to worry about, is slipping and falling. You put studs on and you can pretty much ride in anything out there and you get to extend your riding season.