winter cycle

winter has arrived. here in michigan, this means snow. so far, not much
to speak of.

in all of my 25 years of unicycling (all in michigan), i have never rode through
the winter, never even thought of it. well, this year is different. this year i
plan on riding 'til i drop, continuously, repeatedly. so has anyone out there
done any riding in the snow? advice? should i get knobby tires? chains?
insurance?

a light dusting of snow a few days ago proved little difficulty, in fact the
light rain we have today has been more problematic. i had better traction on the
light, dry snow.

-peter

Re: winter cycle

>in all of my 25 years of unicycling (all in michigan), i have never rode
>through the winter, never even thought of it. well, this year is different.
>this year i plan on riding 'til i drop, continuously, repeatedly. so has anyone
>out there done any riding in the snow? advice? should i get knobby tires?
>chains? insurance? -peter

I used to live in Germany and while there I learned to ride in the snow. I just
used my uni with the same old bald tire and only had minor problems. Ice patches
are a bit of a challange, but overall, snow is great fun on one wheel. I don’t
think chains or insurance is required. As for other advice. Be more aware of the
other traffic, they often try so hard to be aware of you they end up causing
more problems.

Enjoy the snow.

 _ _ Doug Borngasser
(o)(o)             San Diego CA db db@ucsd.edu \__/ You know you're a
                   unicyclist when walking feels strange.

Re: winter cycle

In a message dated 95-11-27 15:55:51 EST, you write:

>in all of my 25 years of unicycling (all in michigan), i have never rode
>through the winter, never even thought of it. well, this year is different.
>this year i plan on riding 'til i drop, continuously, repeatedly. so has anyone
>out there done any riding in the snow? advice? should i get knobby tires?
>chains? insurance?

I learned to “really” ride a unicycle in November, 1979 in Livonia, Michigan. My
friend Bradley and I made it a point to ride our unicycles every day thereafter,
right on through the winter. I bought my own first unicycle, a Schwinn Giraffe,
in February 1980. I have a picture of myself riding it down the street in a
massive snowstorm. I have old super-8 movies that my brother took of me riding a
regular uni in axle-deep powder (slowmo, with the snow flying!), and my 6’ on
ice, including falling down!

The unicycle has more traction than you would think because of the amount of
weight concentrated on that single wheel. If you’re careful, you can even ride
on glare ice. I’ve ridden on ice that I could barely walk on, but had a heck of
a time mounting in the open when I fell off!

You can see a picture in the Winter 1992 ON ONE WHEEL/Vol. 6 No. 1UNICYCLING
Quarterly on page U8. “Things not to do” Trying to stop a car with a
unicycle; on snow.

I repeat, “NOT to do!”

Stay on Top! John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone unicycle@aol.com

Re: winter cycle

In article <v02130503acdf67caf32f@[141.211.162.144]>, Peter Knox
<pknox@oit.itd.umich.edu> wrote: [snip]
> this year i plan on riding 'til i drop, continuously, repeatedly. so has
> anyone out there done any riding in the snow? advice? should i get knobby
> tires? chains? insurance?
>
>-peter
>
Dunno about uni-ing in particular, but lots-o-mountain bikers make studded
knobbies for winter riding. It’s not too hard to do, either. Just buy a tire for
your uni, go to a car tire shop and buy a bunch of studs, then drill the tire in
the pattern you want to use–using a drill bit that’s ~1/8" smaller than the
stud diameter. Insert the studs, and you’re ready to roll.

Have I ever done this? Nope. We don’t get much snow here; mostly just rain. So
you might want to consider the insurance if you try it. :^)

There’s an article about doing this in an issue of Mountain Bike from last
winter–January '95–check it out for more details.

Peter (not the original poster!)


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Re: winter cycle

On Mon, 27 Nov 1995, Peter Knox wrote:

> winter has arrived. here in michigan, this means snow. so far, not much to
> speak of.
>
> in all of my 25 years of unicycling (all in michigan), i have never rode
> through the winter, never even thought of it. well, this year is different.
> this year i plan on riding 'til i drop, continuously, repeatedly. so has
> anyone out there done any riding in the snow? advice? should i get knobby
> tires? chains? insurance?
>
> a light dusting of snow a few days ago proved little difficulty, in fact the
> light rain we have today has been more problematic. i had better traction on
> the light, dry snow.
>
> -peter
>
>
>
Last winter my bicycle was out of order, so I took for my dayly routes like
shopping and university the unicycle. It is ok on ice and snow if you have a
very upright position and you do all movements an turns slow and carefully. But
at all, it`s funny and a nice experience and I will do the same this year. Have
a lot of fun, Claus

Re: winter cycle

Peter Knox (pknox@oit.itd.umich.edu) wrote:
: winter has arrived. here in michigan, this means snow. so far, not much to
: speak of.

: in all of my 25 years of unicycling (all in michigan), i have never rode
: through the winter, never even thought of it. well, this year is different.
: this year i plan on riding 'til i drop, continuously, repeatedly. so has
: anyone out there done any riding in the snow? advice? should i get knobby
: tires? chains? insurance?

: a light dusting of snow a few days ago proved little difficulty, in fact the
: light rain we have today has been more problematic. i had better traction on
: the light, dry snow.

A year or so ago On One Wheel had an article on making a snow tire for a
unicycle. The general idea was to run rivets around each side of the tire, then
zig-zag picture-hanging wire between the rivets. The article gave more detail.
I’ve been meaning to try this, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Beirne


Beirne “Bern” Konarski | Unicycling Web Page: bkonarsk@mcs.kent.edu |
http://nimitz.mcs.kent.edu/~bkonarsk/ Kent State University | “Untouched by
Scandal” |

Re: winter cycle

In <v02130503acdf67caf32f@[141.211.162.144]>, pknox@oit.itd.umich.edu (Peter
Knox) writes:

Back when I was in high school in Maryland I went out riding whenever it snowed.
I recall even riding in fairly deep snow where my pedals went down into it at
the bottoms of the stroke. I put on a knobby tire, and sometimes wrapped wire
around that for added traction. Basically riding in snow is not too bad if you
don’t try to accelerate in any direction too quickly. The problem is that if
there is any ice under that snow, you cannot stay up. The uni gets out from
under you real fast. I remember riding about 3-4 miles very late one evening
(around midnight). Me and a friend had ridden over to a party. When we arrived
it was snowing lightly. By the time we were leaving, the snow was really coming
down and there was about 4-6" on the ground already. It was an exhausting ride,
but strangely pleasant: no cars, no noise, just two goofs riding unis through
the snow in the middle of the night…

>winter has arrived. here in michigan, this means snow. so far, not much to
>speak of.
>
>in all of my 25 years of unicycling (all in michigan), i have never rode
>through the winter, never even thought of it. well, this year is different.
>this year i plan on riding 'til i drop, continuously, repeatedly. so has anyone
>out there done any riding in the snow? advice? should i get knobby tires?
>chains? insurance?
>
>a light dusting of snow a few days ago proved little difficulty, in fact the
>light rain we have today has been more problematic. i had better traction on
>the light, dry snow.
>
>-peter
>
>

Phil West, Senior Research Engineer, Electronic Systems Lab, Georgia Tech
Research Institute Atlanta, GA 30332 Phone: 404-894-7289
Phil.West@gtri.gatech.edu

Re: winter cycle

Ive ridden on ice and snow many times, with knobbies and smooth tires. I ride
smooth tread tires all the time so I rarely switch to knobbies just for a little
snow. Smooth tires work better on ice, pretty good grip actually. We get more
Ice than snow here, I have to look out for little patches of ice which are
caused by very small runoff that can last for days.

If the snow gets deeper knobbies are best.

Eric