Saturday, January 11, 2014

Icy...



Snuck out between rain showers. Nokian Xtreme and YakTrax. Made the ice not so bad. 50 degrees was not so bad either.

2 comments:

Dave Cain said...

Hey Greg,
Nancy heads to Boston on a monthly basis, which means that like it or not, I'm biking those three work days, as was the case this week. The reason I mention this is that I did a reasonable amount of biking on ice with my studded tires and I find it pretty impressive how much stability they add. Ruts and turns and braking on a hill are all still hazards, but for just moving, they do the trick. What's your experience? It was really instructive for me a couple of winters ago to ride on the lake and really test out the dynamics of the studs. I've been a lot more confident on them since.

Greg Wallace said...

Hey Dave.

Personally I am amazed by studded tires. I find that for me the handling technique is similar to some single track I used to ride growing up. Long sections of hardpack with unpredictable areas of loose sand.

I find that generally I can bomb right along as long as I am on the lookout for the aforementioned icy ruts and sharp turns.

In terms of braking it seems that for me if I am mindful of where my body weight is I can brake at 75% of dry conditions. The limiting factor being the front wheel sliding out if I apply too much braking to it.

One reason I haven't gone fat is that for 95% of the winter riding I do studs are better. I would like to get a fatbike someday, but more for the fun factor.