Comment 36735

By moylek (registered) - website | Posted January 03, 2010 at 09:20:43

In all fairness to the nay-sayers, that ain't the kind of snow we're worried about here in Hamilton. The cold is inconvenient and snow as shown in the pictures can leave you damp and feeling chilly - but I still ride my bike to work in that kind of weather. But we have two problems that Copenhagen doesn't.

The first is killer snow ruts. Once you get enough accumulation to form ruts on the roads, a bike without studded tires becomes a death mobile - I've found myself lying on my side on the road too many times to try that again. Granted, after a day or three, the roads are clear enough to take my bike out again. Though I always run the risk of having to walk home if snow falls while I'm out.

The second problem is road salt. In both 2008 and 2009 I put my bike away to wait out a snow fall and went back a week later to find my chain orange with rust - completely orange. In a week. It takes a lot of care to keep a bike rust free when faced with the combination of clinging snow, salt and sunshine.

Anyone have any tips for winter-long biking?

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