Xtracycle on Ice
The plowed and salted roads meant that I never had to deal too much with icy conditions. I've been able to stay upright with no issues. Today was not the case. The entire bike path was a solid sheet of ice. I'm sure I was the only traffic to cross it this morning, so I was hitting the fresh ice with inadequate tires.
I love the way the Xtracycle handles on the slick surface, but I think studded tires may be needed. I had to get off my bike and walk it up one hill in the grass due to my lack of traction. The harder I pedaled, the more my back tire spun.
Now I have to make a decision. Is this slick unmanaged bike path going to force me to buy studded tires? Is that worth the money? I could easily take my old route and hang on the shoulder, but that's miserable. I've never had to deal with it before, so I'm really not sure what I will do.
I do know that today's commute took way too long and hurt a bit too much when I smacked the ground. I'm going to have to change something up. Oh well, it could be worse.
Get out there.