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My first snowy commute ride in this season! (as the NE gets pounded by blizzard)

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Old 01-10-18, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by snow_echo_NY View Post
I suppose you can think of them as doormen but they’re not the ones manning security or the doors - they’re the guys that take care of running the building making sure all is taken care of. But they were smart to keep shoveling as it came down bc it piled up in no time and I’m sure got pretty heavy pretty quick.

@evan326 - riding on a road bike is probably a really bad idea. I only have x28 and x40 and I knew I would need a fatter tire - unfortunately that’s the fattest I got. If I had space and $$$ for a fat bike I’d use that in a heartbeat
In NY we call the guy that hangs around the front door the Doorman, and the guy/gal that does the work the Super. If you have a few guys doing work, they are Maintenance Men, and you probably have some money. If you have multiple guys doing "security" and whatnot, and you are in Brooklyn, well then (if I don't have anything nice to say)...


Also, when there is snow, the thinner the tire the better. Fat bikes are for the sand.
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In NY we call the guy that hangs around the front door the Doorman, and the guy/gal that does the work the Super. If you have a few guys doing work, they are Maintenance Men, and you probably have some money. If you have multiple guys doing "security" and whatnot, and you are in Brooklyn, well then (if I don't have anything nice to say)...


Also, when there is snow, the thinner the tire the better. Fat bikes are for the sand.
Firstly this is the description of Manhattan commercial buildings - where there are loads of offices - not Brooklyn!

Secondly I disagree about fat tires vs thin in snow conditions in NYC - I agree with what @rhm said above. These are mixed surfaces to start with - then uneven snow on top bc cars have tried to get thru. My experience aligns what he mentioned.

On 1/9/2018 (yesterday) they finally cleared the snow out of the Jay street protected bike lane (it’s the protected lane that takes us to either the Manhattan bridge or Brooklyn bridge.) I was psyched to not have cars on my tail.

Saw a bit of ice - during the day the snow has melted and formed puddles here and there (I.e. the BK bridge) and overnight it froze into ice. Still using the studded tires. It’s still a bit of a mess out there and I’d just rather not chance it...
@noglider I don’t blame you. It’s a mess out there. One colleague complained his clipless shoes were all white from the salt. I wear these big @$$ boots so it doesn’t bother me.
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Well I rode last night and this morning. You get more cred than I do because you were out in the worst of it. Citi Bike bikes do pretty well in the ice and slush.
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Firstly this is the description of Manhattan commercial buildings - where there are loads of offices - not Brooklyn!

Secondly I disagree about fat tires vs thin in snow conditions in NYC - I agree with what @rhm said above. These are mixed surfaces to start with - then uneven snow on top bc cars have tried to get thru. My experience aligns what he mentioned.
Well then they definitely aren't porters.

And, as far as I know, the laws of physics don't cease to exists within the confines of NYC. Traction comes from cutting through the snow as much as possible to reach the tarmac, or harder packed snow below.

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I understand why narrower tires should work better in snow, but I've been riding Citi Bike for the past three days, and it handles a lot better than my own bikes. Of course, tire width is not the only variable.
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Summerside, Prince Edward Island. Here's my parking spot a couple of days after a snowstorm last year. This is my 1986 Miyata Terra Runner. I much prefer the 26" wheels in winter, along with a slightly lower seatpost. Emergency manouvers much easier than taller bikes with 700c wheels.



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nice of them to make that bike rack accessible
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nice of them to make that bike rack accessible
Yeah, I know. They did make the kind offer to lend me a snow shovel.
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