Riding in snow

Is it feasible to ride in the winter on a unicycle while maintaining better than walking speed?

What would be needed? Would a knobbly tire grip snow well? What about pedals?

On that note, can someone recommend pedals that won’t slide around in the rain?

(This is for my freestyle unicycle by the way… No muni yet)

I just got some Wellgo pinned pedals that are great in the rain.

As for Snow, I haven’t been riding long enough to tell you. :smiley:

Actually, I have seen several post about people who ride in the snow. Hopefully, they can weigh in on the type of tire, etc.

Here’s a topic I started: Gazza in snow?
And for the pedals get some pinned pedals like Wellgos (I have about the cheapest Wellgos out there and they haven’t slipped). Almost anything will do as long as it’s pinned.


This is something I have also thought about and some time ago I found an article on the internet detailing how to make chains for the unicycle.

Have a look at these.

I have not tried them yet but if we get any snow in the hills this year may well male some and try them out. If you try them - let us know how you get on.


I tried riding in the snow once, and let’s just say the attempt was a little less than successful. I couldn’t get any grounding at all, but perhaps this is because right below the layer of snow was a thicker layer of ice. I even found it difficult to unicycle over the snow-covered roads. The spiked tire thing is a great idea though, and could feasibly work. It almost makes me want to try it again; but alas, these days I’m living in California by the beach, so the sand is a much bigger worry.

Riding in the snow is a blast. A big fat tire helps, and it’s easier if the snow is new - like skiing, ruts in the snow will throw you off. Ice is surprisingly easy to ride on.

There are snow bikers out there and they have tire studs and chains and such - check out:


home-made chains

Looks kinda fun - I think I’ll try some this winter!


Winter riding

We used to ride in snow all the time. Yes, ruts are horrible and throw you of quite easily but new snow, and hard pack are fine.

Knobby mountain bike tires work great, but make sure that the tread is far appart. If the treads are close together, snow builds up in them, and then it’s just snow on snow. Not good.

Here’s an old bmx trick. You need one of those tire liners like Mr. tuffy or any other puncture protecting products, and some wood or sheet metal screws about an eight of an inch longer than the knobs.

From the inside of the tire you screw threw the knobs so that you begin to make studs in the tire. Make sure the screws are counter-sunk into the tire so that they don’t put preassure on the tube. Put you tire liners in and away you go. You can by stud kits for tires but this works just as well and cost less and its fun to do. Good luck

Re: Winter riding

A good way to make sure you won’t have screws smashing your tube is putting a strip of tube inside the tire so that it covers the bases of the screws. Some people put a thick layer of glue on the screws and you won’t get punctures. Gluing makes changing the screws a bit harder than using a strip of tube.
I think I’ll try this. I just have to buy some cheap tire to test it.

Cool idea. I have never thought about the extra tube deal. The Mr. Tuffy stuff was always sliding around in the tire and then, Pop.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

Pedal pins, knobby tire, maybe lower the seat (it’s harder to mount when standing on slippery snow because you can’t hop up – but that depends on the snow conditions and your shoes).

Prepare for the snow. Look forward to the snow.

This will be my second winter, and I can’t wait. Because now I’m a much stronger rider and I have a KH24 with a 24x3 Gazz. Snow, baby! Bring on my backyard winter wonderland!

(and when winter does finally come, please just ignore my whining about the cold…)

Dave Lowell (uni57)

P.S. - Just start with a knobby tire. Unless you plan to ride on sheer ice, don’t use a studded tire – I have a healthy fear of pedal pins – I certainly wouldn’t want to turn the entire unicycle into a unicycle of death. As a beginner at MUni, I am discovering all the different creative ways of falling. Ways that just never happen on pavement. Studded tires (especially with pointy screws) seem too dangerous until you have enough experience. Then it becomes a calculated risk and an informed decision. In my opinion, for all but the most hardpacked icy snow, a knobby tire is all you need.

if you’ve got a 26" wheel, nokian make a gazaloddi studded for riding in snow and ice.


If you ride with a 26" wheel, the best tire is the Michelin Mud 3. I ride it on bicycle.

Here is the Michelin Mud 3

For y’all who weren’t watching this forum last winter, here are some ice riding pics with studded tire.

Hey you are so crazy, it’s very dangerous tire like this! Too big spike. Just 3-5mm out of the tire with a flat screw (not a spike screw). Look the Michelin Mud 3, it is study for wet. He aven’t screw but every body use this one for snow in downhill bicycle. And I use it, but the problem that the size, only in 26". If I see an another tire like the Mud 3 but in 24" or 20" I tell you.

Good snow ride

Yeah too big spike! I cut them off so they were a lot shorter. That works much better.

Ok, sorry, I hadn’t see