- How much snow before it becomes hard work?
The last few days I’ve been out in 2″ of snow, or hard compact snow (that’s as fast as summer dry conditions).
Today though there is currently about 9″ and still snowing. Yesterday riding 1ft drifts was pointless, so at what point does it stop being fun and become a chore?Posted 6 years agoteamhurtmoreMember
I really enjoy the snow but for me the limit is about 2 hours after which different parts of the bike become clogged. Spd’s completely frozen, granny ring obscured and unworkable. Still great fun though…oh, and cleaning the bike become a real chore with frozen hose pipes etc.
The worst bits for me are the horse-churned muddy bits that suck in the front wheel and send you OTB. Had that twice on Saturday but learned the lesson by Sunday. I think it helps with the basic bike handling having to constantly adjust your weight etc when skidding.
Forgot the hidden ponds x1 on Saturday!!!Posted 6 years agoGrahamSSubscriber
brutalcharacter building this morning. Couple of inches of thick wet snow on the round offering little if any traction even with Schwalbe Winter Marathons at 30 odd psi. Spent most of my 11 mile commute going sideways.
That in itself would have been fun – but not when combined with driving wet sleet that soaked though all my waterproofs 🙁
I even took to the road for some of it I was that desperate!
On the bright side I managed to stay more-or-less vertical and I levelled up my Skid Correction ability.Posted 6 years ago
Personally, I find the trails where people have already walked are best – the snow is compacted and generally fine to ride on, if a bit more hard work. Dump a bit of air out the tires and keep a smooth rhythm in the right gear and it’s amazing what you can ride up, down and along. The right clothing and kit helps take the misery out of it.Posted 6 years agotimnwildMember
Great ride in mainly fresh snow Saturday morning on the Downs. Best for climbing was following landrover tracks, best for down was 2-3 inches of fresh, with the occasional attempt to blast through a drift without falling over. Loved it. Saw a bloke on a 36″ mtb unicycle as well.Posted 6 years ago
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