Slushy winter weather is here again! (Germany) It is quite yucky when the temperature is at or sligtly above zero. I don’t suppose anyone knows of any 16" tires with spikes?
On another note, I am finding that the new alloy freewheel in combination with the repositioned snubber on the LX means that I am no longer getting ice build up on the freewheel like I used to. Great news!
HOWEVER, I do get ice building up on the chainwheel. This causes the belt to start popping. I then have to get off the bike and scrape out the ice from between the teeth. Stop, scrape, ride, repeat.
So, another question: Is the alloy chainwheel any less susceptible to ice buildup? Probably only a few people have experience with this!
(Imagine how great a heated chainwheel would be … not very environmentally friendly, though. )
I rode my wife’s Brompton in the snow today. I have to admit that it handles a lot better than the Strida in these particular conditions … due to the longer wheelbase and lower centre of gravity no doubt.
by now I heard about just one person who rides a Strida more or less frequently in Austria/Vienna (except Mrs. BSA and myself). It’s the son of the owner of the bicycle-store where the black Strida has been bought.
Mrs. BSA collected her first experience on a brushed silver Strida at the end of last summer, maybe 20 km in total.
Before, she had not ridden any bike since …(I was told to leave out the date…).
To tell you the truth, driving any meters under such weather conditions is incomprehensible to me.
I started last spring to use my Strida for the daily commute to work, instead of doing the distance of below 2 kms on foot. Having had really much fun till late spring, I stopped biking immediately when the temperature fell below ~+12 °C (that’s because I’m usually driving very fast, you know - the wind chill effect… )
Snow is absolutely wonderful, best in a wooden house in the alps, but here in Vienna it’s brown mud within a short time.
Just for curiosity, I want to ask you a question on behalf of Mrs. BSA, who was a bit confused by one of your recent postings:
for the Mountainbike, the solution to keep going on slippery surface was to take an old bicycle chain and make it fit round the tire, than inflate the tire to stretch things up. Do the same on the other wheel and you have loads of grip, Not very good/elegant on the road, but super in deep snow…