Thursday, 28 February 2013

Where would you ride ?

Just the other day I took the photo below which is right around the corner from my apartment here in Niigata city. The photo shows a typical street scene here in winter, snow, frozen snow ruts, hard pack ice ( yeah its the same stuff they have in the antarctic ) and ice sprinkled with a fine dusting of snow. So I thought I would run a quiz for my blog followers hence the title of this post. Where would you ride , take into account the bicycle you would be riding on is a standard MTB without studded ice tyres. Please post your answers along with the number in the comments.


Thank you to everybody who posted their comments on the above question and in reality there is only one correct answer which is no. 1 - riding in the thick snow at the side of the road gives you plenty of traction and a normal MTB and even a Cyclo cross bike can handle that depth of snow quite easily. Position no 2 would be the next best option but the risk of slipping on some ice is greater as it has been heavily compacted by those horrible 4 wheeled things with large engines . Position no 3 & 4 is only for riders trying to impersonate ice skaters and no matter what kind of bike you are riding you will fall off in spectacular style much to the amusement of anybody watching . If your bicycle had studded tyres you could try any of the above positions with a lot more confidence and as for the comment re take a taxi , even driving in the above conditions is dangerous and slower due to all the traffic jams . Snow tyres work for cars work great in snow but are hopeless in ice . But as the snow has finally melted I will not see these conditions again until next year thank god !

9 comments:

Matteo said...

I would ride in the snow (1). Anything frozen, iced up, I would think would be too slippery. Loose snow (as long as there is no ice underneath) might provide a bit of traction.

Bill Pustow said...

There really isn't a good solution. #1 looks like it may be a sidewalk. Not good: people walking,coming around a blind corner, etc. Besides, looks like 100 feet ahead it's blocked with a snow mound. # 2 looks to be the less dangerous path, although it's not safe either. If you insist upon riding, Don then wear shoulder pads;-(

don said...

I live in snow country and spend some of my time now in Canada. I try not to ride in the snow and never really understood those who insist on doing it, but my line would be #1, unless the snow gets much deeper or there's a rule against riding on the sidewalk.

It's the best traction and farthest away from traffic.

daryl lister said...

i,m sure this is a trick question. My answer would be to take a cab to the immigration office and go somewhere warmer, you know it,s more fun in the philippines right :-)

Pandabonium said...

I wouldn't be riding. If I had to, #2 would be the area.

Mark Shriner said...

Been there, done that, and IMHO, track #1 is the choice line.

Pandabonium said...

Who'da thunk? Thanks for this quiz and resulting education.

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