I’ve been waiting for this day for months: first snow!
Conditions for snow-biking were just about perfect. Mid-20’s temperature. Light wind. About 2 inches of fluffy powder on the ground, and more falling. First snow of winter, so most drivers were taking it slow, or staying home entirely.
I switched over to my snow tires, a set of Specialized Hardrock’rs with super deep knobbies, and switched to flat pedals as well, so that I could wear the new winter boots I got for Christmas.
I got in about 15 miles, and it was just the ride I was looking for. Such a different experience to ride familiar roads transformed by a layer of white.
The tires did a good job in the fresh snow. I experiences some slipping and sliding as snow compacted by car tires gave way under the big knobs, but I never went down.
My way home was into a 12 MPH headwind, with deepening snow (perhaps 4 inches by the time I pulled into my garage). The forecast is calling for more snow overnight, but with cold temps and high winds, it’ll start drifting, and I may hole up until more mellow conditions return in a few days.
We may have snow cover from now until March, or it may be gone in a week, there’s no telling. But I hope to get out into the white again soon!