Frosty the MUni-Man

Greetings,

Me and my son went for our first MUni ride in the snow. Even though it’s
December in Alaska, we didn’t receive any snow until a few days ago. Go
figure!

Back in September I was lamenting the fact that winter was coming and
going to end my Uni rides. I would like to thank Klaas Bil for asking
the all import question, why can’t you ride in the snow? My answer-
Well… hmm, I guess I can! Anyone else can too and it’s great fun!

I found it difficult at first. The snow was fairly packed down on the
trail, but I still sunk down in it and it felt like I was riding in
slippery mud. Slippery on one hand and yet gripping on the other.
Pedaling required a fair amount of force. My son seemed to have less
problems than me. I think he’s light enough that he could ride on top of
the snow more. I had to stand up off the saddle most of the time to
negotiate the terrain and found it somewhat tiring.

I had one really nice snowy fall. I was attempting to go down a small
hill into the woods, when my wheel slide gracefully out sideways from
under me. I landed in the snow and promptly rolled down the hill into
the woods. It was comical and much fun!

Frosty the MUni man pics
http://www.unicyclist.com/gallery/albuo36

Has anyone else been out in the snow?

Cheers,
Jason

Re: Frosty the MUni-Man

Jason, not many have probably been as fortunate as you and your kids to have uni’ed in Alaskan snow, but it does look like deja vu all over again:

http://www.unicyclist.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=22036&highlight=snow

I for one who since becoming a homeowner have dreaded the snow, actually now look forward to a bit more so as to have the opportunity to try uni’ing in the snow again.

Cheers,
Raphael

tip for snow riding:

lower your air pressure as low as you can ride it.

(the wider the tire the better)

I’m not sure of the physics behind this…wider footprint maybe?

Rust

I’m afraid to ride my MUni in the snow. I afraid that the axle, or the spokes will rust or something like that!! :roll_eyes:

Re: Frosty the MUni-Man

MUni14052 wrote:
>
> I’m afraid to ride my MUni in the snow. I afraid that the axle, or the
> spokes will rust or something like that!! :roll_eyes:

MUni14052,

Really it’s no different than riding it in the rain. It probably gets
less wet actually. After such a ride I always dry off my unicycle and
store it in a heated garage. I wouldn’t be afraid of rust, just go for
it!

Cheers,

Jason

Re: Frosty the MUni-Man

Sofa wrote:
>
> tip for snow riding:
>
> lower your air pressure as low as you can ride it.

Sofa,

I don’t know why, but I instinctively had the feeling I should increase
the pressure. I left it where it was at and I’ll try to lower the
pressure next time. Thanks for the tip.

Jason

Re: Rust

loads of grease.

The lower tire pressure gives a bigger footprint for the tire. It helps a lot with loose packed snow and ice.
Attached (if it works) is a pic of me in this past weekend local paper of me doing some snow muni.
It’s quickly becoming my favorite type of muni.

drewnicycle1.jpg

Re: Frosty the MUni-Man

Drewnicycle wrote:

> It’s quickly becoming my favorite type of muni.

Drewnicycle,

I think I’ll need some more experience before my vote is in, but it was
much fun and I plan on doing more of it soon. Overall, I found it
difficult and cold. The ‘cold’ did it’s part to make it more difficult.
:wink:

Have you been SnowMuni-ing long? If so, do you go for flat areas of
packed terrain or hills, hills with loose snow, or…? I’m curious about
the snow conditions and how you maneuver in them. In your photo it looks
like you’re going flat out on packed snow?

Cheers,

Jason

Re: Frosty the MUni-Man

On Mon, 16 Dec 2002 15:33:54 -0600, MUni14052
<MUni14052.frx5b@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

>
>I’m afraid to ride my MUni in the snow. I afraid that the axle, or the
>spokes will rust or something like that!! :roll_eyes:

Snow is not more aggressive than rain, unless you’re unicycling on the
streets. There may be salt there to melt the snow to improve traction
(I think I’m phrasing this strangely). Salt evokes rust.

Klaas Bil

Emu’s cannot walk backwards.

Oh yeah I love riding in…whats it called again?
Dont see any of that down here!

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You’re right I was going flat out on packed snow. It was quite fun. I prefer unpacked snow so I can make my own trails and downhill routes. It makes the trails so much different. Because of the snow and ice there are trails in the winter that don’t exist the rest of the year.
This will be my second snow muni winter. I really like it:D

What is snow? And what is cold?

-Peter the Texan

Um…yeah…we do some snow riding here in the mid-west.

http://www.unicyclist.com/gallery/album39

The biggest problem I have, is when snow gets built up on my pedals from dragging in the deep snow. Then I have to poke the snow out with a stick. I love to look at my 3 inch Gazzilla’s tire tracks in the snow. They look like motorcycle tracks.

Mojoe

snowmuni 009.jpg

Great pic’s of MUni in the snow you guys! Wow, it really makes me hope we get some of the white stuff this year so I can give it a go with my new MUni.

Erin

After a recent snow, I found it hard to plow through the snow on flat ground, but going down hill was fairly easy.