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Biking in the Snow: Quick Lesson Learned

Posted Jan 07 2011 12:17am
Please plow me.
Today I discovered that a Dahon Eco 3 is too light to reasonably travel of 2 inches of  well-packed sticky snow.  The tires just don't have the tread and get stuck, causing the bike to wobble in their own tracks.  Tomorrow, I'll try taking the Specialized Expedition with its knobbier tires and heavier weight.  Definitely wish I could afford a couple of studded tires through.  The streets are fairly clear but I suspect that most of the residential streets and many of the urban trails are still pretty covered with the same type of snow.  Unfortunately, Bob and I had to go out and purchase a new gas range when the heating element on ours died over on Christmas Day midway through cooking the turkey. 

I hope this person has a good ice scraper.
Bob made a brief observation Christmas week that I've been meaning to share, by the way.  Have you ever noticed on those very, frigid mornings on the way to work the number of cars driving around with windows covered in frost except for a few patches scraped off presumably to give the driver a view of the road.  Well, Bob noticed that while the drivers might be able have a partial view of the road, they don't seem to have much ability to see other traffic, which probably includes bicyclists.  Do drivers have any kind of legal obligation to completely clear all of the window?  Is it a moving violation to do otherwise?  You never know about Arizona, especially if the current state legislature has anything to say about it. . . . but I do know that I can't see through frosted over car windows. 

My favorite new hat is a bit of a departure for me.
More snow possibly returning this weekend.  I welcome it despite the fact that it cuts into my bike riding time but like last year I've returned to hitching rides with my husband in to work, skis or snowshoes in tow.  Yesterday, I skied home and made a detour into the into the forest to practice alternating the pizza wedge and the french fry moves.  I insist that my p.m. commute home be fun.
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