On the trail last week, trying to ride through 7″ snow, when I broke traction for a quarter-rotation of the tire, I simply fell over. Lesson learned: Pick up the bike and walk a few (hundred) steps (to nearby pavement).
The snow I might encounter is more like an inch or two or three. Think of riding on the grass alongside the Jail Trail, with 3″ snow.
Riding in snow with slicks is good bike-handling practice, but like many things, just because it’s “good for you” doesn’t mean you want to do it very often.
I was spinning my wheel all the way up the Homewood Trail this afternoon, looking for spots with at least a hope of getting some traction before I lost all momentum. Wished I could squeeze cyclocross tires on that bike. ALTHOUGH…. I could get them on the tandem. How wacky would that be?
I was spinning my rear wheel going up Panther Hollow Rd (the snow emergency route) last night at around 11pm.. I was totally sketched out that the cars were still passing me at 50 mph. I guess only the right lane was ice?