Sunday, December 16, 2007

Is snow biking contagious?

…if you conceder biking contagious, then a big yes for snow biking. Because it offers more of what makes biking enjoyable (as long as you have the correct clothing)…
I convinced my wife Traci to give it a shot... she does have studded snow tires on her bike now (an addition that I made so that I wouldn't have to keep changing tires on my snow bike for a city or river ride)... We took it easy a "short" 1-hour ride from our house to the local snowmobile trails. With her lightweight and good bike handling skills, she made the ride with ease. Her skinny 1.8 Nokkian extremes were just as good as my 2.3 tires at keeping the above the "crust" that has developed on the trails because of our alternating warm and cold days and weekly new snow. In addition they allowed her to clean a couple of the iced over sections at the creek crossing that I had to walk. Her main comment was how much of workout she got with a short 1+ hour ride. Snow riding your pedaling the entire time - there's no coasting. She's now committed to a weekly snow ride.
There’s a number of good blog sites for snow bikers, a couple that I enjoy reading from time to time are:
http://lacemine29.blogspot.com/ - one of the greats in snow riding
http://www.jeffkerkove.net/ - a great 24 hour mountain biker
http://cyclesd.blogspot.com/ - average Joe from SD, with I think a dark sense of humor
http://runfromms.blogspot.com/ - great photographs
http://arcticglass.blogspot.com/ - journalist with beautiful writing skills – this may be the only snow biking blog you need to read – other than mine of course…

2 comments:

MrDaveyGie said...

Damn, that's it. I am building a mountain/snow bike tomorrow. Indoor just doesn't cut it for the winter season.
MrDaveyGie

Lance Andre said...

Don't blame me if you never use that nice trainer ever again...