Monday, November 29, 2010

Winter


Winter is here again…

Short days, long cold nights, and snow…

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version)


Oh, so much snow…


I can’t say I’m ever all that enthusiastic about the arrival of winter.


On the plus side the city did finally open the pathway behind the water treatment plant – so we can ride to my folks place almost entirely off the road.


I have winterized the Yuba with a pair of Schwalbe Ice Spikers. I’ve had good luck with the schwalbes – bot the Fat Franks that came on the Yuba and the Marthon Racers I kitted my getaround bike with this year (see review here: Schwalbe Marathon Race Review)


Hauled some groceries on Sunday…


With the kids…


Ran into Léo from the Saskatoon Cycle Club, out for a ride on a frosty, snowy Sunday afternoon!


Léo took a picture of the whole crew on the Yuba – groceries and all.

Usually if I’m hauling the kids I leave the bags behind – it gives Finnegan a more stable platform for his feet.

Looking forward to Ice Cycle 2011!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

that looks like a rad set up. do you find that the studs give enough grip that with a load/kids/whatever and the long wheelbase you are still upright?

i have been tossing ideas about winter riding and the kids.. the cargo is good, but not for anything long, or uphill...

nice to see another parent getting their kids on bikes even though its snowy. :)

bryn

tim said...

With the long wheelbase and the rake of the yuba I find it highly stable under most conditions. Last winter I rode it a few times (solo - to pick up groceries, etc) with just the more-or-less bald tires that came with the bike (Schwalbe Fat Franks).

The Ice Spikers are a concession to an anxious mother who is not entirely excited about the idea of me hauling her kids around on said rig in the snow and over ice. I find it FAR more stable than the Bike Train over uneven/slippery terrain.

It sucks in deep snow. Everything else is all good.