Winter came early in Seattle, and shut it down, much like the storm dubbed “Snowpocalypse ’08.” It will likely be rained away soon, but for now, the steep streets are closed and there are cars still littering the roads, abandoned, or acting as bumpers for 2 ton pinballs called SUV’s piloted by over confident and under experienced drivers. Despite what some people might tell you- the clothes do not make the man, and the car does not make the driver.
I first built up my snow bike back then, using tires I had from my winter bike in Alaska, and my old 1979 Schwinn Typhoon. A ton of fun, when traffic came to a grinding halt, I hop on this thing, and it takes me anywhere. We were riding down Denny in 2008, when people were scared to walk down it. Nokian 296 tires (that means 296 studs PER tire) provide the grip- a coaster brake doesn’t ice up, and other than the fact that the bike weighs about 50lbs dry, it’s perfect for the snow. Uphill can be a little slow, but for cruising around the neighborhood- it’s super legit.
Probably my favorite part is riding by at 15mph or so or downhill even better, watching people look at me in horror- thinking I’m some crazed madman riding around on a jalopy beach cruiser. Though I may be a little mad, they don’t know about my secret weapon…
What are you using to keep the rubber side down?