On The Road With "Olivia"

Adventures on a Folding Bike

Riding in the Snow

Earlier this week we had about a foot of snow fall at work. On Monday, the morning temperature was a brisk -14° (F). On Tuesday, it was a little warmer at -10° (F). I spent the first morning digging out the accumulated snow and needed to wear my “Yak Trax” to avoid slipping on the ice and snow. The afternoon temps were about 22° (F). Needless to say, the temps and the wind, and the icy conditions discouraged bike riding.

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However, yesterday, the temp was in the mid 30s and little wind. The ice and snow was either melted away or was soft slush and I needed to run an errand at our little store. So I decided to take Olivia out for a ride.

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The roads were mostly clear with spots still covered with ice and snow. When I came on those spots and I started to slip, I got off the bike and just walked. Also, as a technique, I let a little air out of the tires to give them a little more tread to grip the surface. This really helps out. But the real fix would be studded snow tires. Does anyone know where I can get 16 inch snow tires?

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The 1/2 gallon plastic milk jug mud flap is still working well (see under “Projects” #1). It keeps my feet and the peddle sprocket dry and grit free.  The only issue I have is that it sometimes grabs the snow like a scoop and  suddenly slows me down!

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4 comments on “Riding in the Snow

  1. Luanne
    December 20, 2015

    Really looks like a fun place to ride a bike. When the roads are clear, of course. Hope to be able to do this with you one day soon. = ]

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    • Doug T.
      December 20, 2015

      It is a great place to ride. Just need to get used to the altitude!

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  2. Luanne
    March 17, 2016

    And of course, you and Olivia look good together!

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