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Old 09-18-05, 08:28 AM   #1
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Kettwiesel on ice and snow

Dear All,

new here. A male Finn in early 30s. Lost a leg to cancer when I was twelve. I can ride a bike, since the only leg I have is fairly strong, but I find riding an upright bicycle uncomfortable and a bit, well, wobbly. Tried a Kettwiesel this summer, and haven't stopped thinking about recumbents since. I am waiting for a brand new Kettwiesel with Rohloff-14 from Hase. Should be here in a few weeks time.

Since I live in northern Finland, I am looking at a long, cold winter. It can go as low as -30 here midwinter. I'll try to ride my KW as long as I can, but I'll probably have to bring it inside for December/January.

Does anyone have any experience riding a trike in wintertime? There will not be much snow where I'm driving -- plowed roads most of the time -- but it will be slippery though. I probably have to purchase a set of studded tyres, that's what people here seem to use in wintertime. There is a 20" set from a chinese manufacturer, Innova. Not very good, I was told, but there does not seem to be an alternative in the market now. I have already bought a balaclava, a pair of skiing gloves and Shimano's feet-warmer thingys. I look very dangerous in my winter riding gear.

Anyway: pleasure to meet you and be in touch.
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Old 09-18-05, 03:33 PM   #2
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I put a Zzip fairing on my Sun EZ3 AX, it cuts the chilling wind. Instead of thinking about studds - which are a good thing - give some thought to the type of rubber (rubber compound) used to make the tire. I mild knobby tire also works well, I am presently running a Bontrager that might work for you too.

I spent two winters commuting 3 miles each way to college in the Adirondak Mountians in New York State (Paul Smith's College) on a beat-up department store brand bike, it was stuck in one gear and only one brake worked. It was -30 Farenheight from late November through January
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