Winter Uni Riding Hints and Tips

This is a reply to Oli’s question about winter riding. Of course we all
prefer summer riding, but the winter is a really nice change.

There are many of us here in Toronto that rode all last winter. Tanya and
Tammy up in South Dakota also ride in the winter.

We didn’t know as much about MUni last year, so many of us rode with
1.75-1.95" tires. I’m sure this year we’ll all be on 2.6-3.0" tires, which
should give us much more floating ability on the snow. The wider the
tire the better. An open knobby tread will also kick out the snow.
Longer cranks like 6" may also help. I’ll also be making myself a chain
for my tire, which should help when the snow melts and then freezes.

You should have no difficulty with a light dusting of snow, or some slush.
When you get 4" of snow the going gets pretty tough and you really get a
good workout.

The salt may rust up your uni so make sure things like your seat’s
quick release still works. When you come back in brush off the snow
from your uni.

Some things you can do in winter:
2. Uni-bogganing: Find a hill where the kids are going down with toboggans
and follow them down
3. Challenge kids playing ice hockey. Riding on outdoor skating rinks
should be Ok. Most of the ice is usually scuffed up enough to get good
traction. You can also try chains or a studded tire.
4. Ride on a frozen creek: Smooth, glass-like ice surfaces. Make sure it’s
really frozen, then ride straight and make no sudden moves. Eventually
you’ll slip, and it’ll happen so quickly. But it’s a lot of fun.
5. Downhill runs. Watch the trees, and challenge your friends to the
steepest hills you can stand.

Don_TaiATyahooDOTcoDOTuk, Toronto, Canada
http://torontounicyclists.tripod.com

Thanks for the tips! Up here in New Hampshire, it seems like we get 5-6 months of snow. Good to know I can keep riding. After the long winters, we get mud season. Anyone got any good uni mud riding tips?

What size chain links would you put on a uni? I’d imagine that small, sturdy links would be the best, but not the twisted kind that is used for dog leashes.

I have a Semcycle XL, and I forget how wide I can go with a tire on that.

Hockey sounds like fun. But I think I’ll try it on pavement before I take to the ice.

-Darrell

> Thanks for the tips! Up here in New Hampshire, it seems like we get 5-6
> months of snow. Good to know I can keep riding. After the long winters,
> we get mud season. Anyone got any good uni mud riding tips?

big fat widest tyre you can fit. Once you learn to recover from sliding
sideways riding mud is great fun. I’ve just got some waterproof socks
which might be a nice thing to have for mud riding too.

If you don’t mind the rain too much, head out to your nearest trail when
it’s pouring with rain, it’s wicked riding through the water running off,
makes everything so amazingly slippy and the mud is even more fun.

Unless you’re an uber-god of mud or whatever, try to avoid hopping into
deep mud from any distance / height unless you have to.

Oh, take spare trousers if you’re going out to somewhere to start your
ride, cos then you can sit down in the car / train back without covering
the seat with mud.

joe

I’ve got a picture of chains I had on my tire last winter here:
http://www.mountainunicycling.com/~choyer/mypics/photo2.html

A friend of mine made the chains. I’ll talk to him and see if I can get a
detailed set of instructions for making them.

I have yet to try studded tires, so I don’t have much of a comparison,
but chains work very well in winter conditions compared to just a
regular tire.

Carl

----- Original Message ----- From: “darrell” <forum.member@unicyclist.com>
To: <unicycling@winternet.com> Sent: Monday, September 24, 2001 9:35 AM
Subject: Re: Winter Uni Riding Hints and Tips

> Thanks for the tips! Up here in New Hampshire, it seems like we get
5-6
> months of snow. Good to know I can keep riding. After the long
winters,
> we get mud season. Anyone got any good uni mud riding tips?
>
> What size chain links would you put on a uni? I’d imagine that
small,
> sturdy links would be the best, but not the twisted kind that is
used
> for dog leashes.
>
> I have a Semcycle XL, and I forget how wide I can go with a tire
> on that.
>
> Hockey sounds like fun. But I think I’ll try it on pavement before I
> take to the ice.
>
> -Darrell
>
>
>
>
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