Anyone here ride on snow?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Smallwheels, Oct 23, 2007.

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  1. Smallwheels

    Smallwheels Guest

    This will be my first winter with my Golden Eagle motor kit. I am selling my 2007 Honda Fit Sport (Honda's newest small car in the USA) and will only have two wheels on which to get around. On my recumbent bicycle I had a studded tire on the rear and it worked OK. I didn't try taking corners the same way as on a summer road so I didn't ever fall down.

    Has anyone here used their motor-bike over snow and ice covered roads? If so, please tell me all about how fast you could go and under what road conditions you rode.

    I have owned motorcycles and used them on wet roads. I've never wanted to ride them on roads with ice because I'm a little bit of a cheapskate and never wanted the expense of repairing one from a crash. A bicycle with a motor doesn't have enough weight to break itself even if it does fall down. It might get some scuffs but nothing will be too expensive to replace from a fall, therefore; I'll probably ride my bicycle this snowy winter.

    Any tips you can give would be great.

    P.S. My Honda Fit Sport is listed on in Montana under the 59635 zip code.

  2. japat100

    japat100 Guest

    i live in snow 4 months a year ,2 wheels in snow , i will say one thing you are a brave man ,,
    without too much problem you should be able to add a 3th wheel ,something that you can bolt on take off easy for the fine days

  3. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    I've always ridden my bike year round. The locals think I'm a bit crazy. They're probably right. This will be my first winter with a motor. The friction drive should work okay once the ice is so cold it's dry. I won't be able to stud the back though, I'll just sacrifice some knobbies. We don't have glare ice often, the surface is usually a little rough, with lots of gravel. I think the main trick is to always be ready to fall down, so that when it happens you can do a relatively painless dismount. I once lost the bike coming to an intersection and managed to step off it and slide to a standing stop in the middle of the intersection. I think I scored some good style points.
  4. Smallwheels

    Smallwheels Guest

    I must say that I'm disappointed that nobody with a motorized bike has commented about riding on snow. My plan is to buy some studded tires and not ride very fast. I'll still go faster than pedaling and that is what is important.

    I have a motorcycle riding suit that includes pants with a winter liner. It is like wearing a jacket on my legs. These should be used by everyone everywhere in winter. Why shouldn't legs have coats? They are much better than wearing long underwear because they can be removed when going inside where it is warm.

    I have a balaclava that covers my face. It worked well last winter while riding my bicycle without a motor. What I need to get next is a face shield to attach to my helmet. On a different message board one rider found the Elvex clear shield to work very well. It is not a bicycle item. It is found in hardware stores as a face protector for people using power tools that throw up debris. It can be zip tied to the front of a bicycle helmet by drilling small holes in the top of the shield.

    I got a link to a company that made heavy duty training wheels for adult bicycles. I tried several times to contact them and they didn't respond.

    I don't want to by a tractor track for my bike because they only work on deep snow. I went to their web site and didn't see anyone riding on level ground. They only show people riding downhill because they would probably be going only 2 miles per hour on level ground. Has anyone seen that web-site?

    Are there any people here other than me and Alaskavan planning to ride in the snow this winter?
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  5. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Perhaps this is a reflection on our level of sanity, or lack thereof.
  6. rosco

    rosco Guest

    hahahah! ;)

  7. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    On a more realistic level. For gear to ride with, I just wear my normal winter clothes. Inulated Carhartt's, serious boots and gloves, a stocking cap, a snow machine mask and my work glasses. For those unfamiliar with Carhartt's, picture jeans made out of HEAVY canvas, and double layered on the thigh to knee areas.
  8. drimpact

    drimpact Member

    I tried to move away from snow. For the most part I succeeded. Except this day last winter.

    I thought the bike would be fun, but instead locked the Toyota in 4H and stayed dry & warm. The bike was fine after the snow and ice melted, because I left it home! had I tried to ride it I would surely have needed to repair the damage. If that is I was in any shape to do anything.

    I see the need to get around in all weather and I admire your insane courage trying it on a bicycle. Just not for this desert rat...

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  9. beach cruzin

    beach cruzin Guest

    i hope it snows here this year i can't wait to try it i love to ride-drive most anything else in snow so im hope'n alltho i don't snow much here at the beach.:cool:
  10. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    I'm going to whip up some studded snow tires tomorrow.
  11. Dockspa1

    Dockspa1 Guest

    The only problem with full face shields is that the humidity from your breath freezes up the lens and you can't wipe it out with out stopping. Ah, the trips I made to michigan on Sundays to cop beer on a honda cub 50, with a rider on back, were STUPID!
    Michigan sold beer on Sundays and our cars were down, so we made the 8 mile trek.
    Not more than 15 or 20 accidents.
  12. Danny3xd

    Danny3xd Member

    Heck or frozen roads, I am riding until spring. Then a lil more. Are there ways to make a bike tire safer in winter slop, ice and snow? (Beer runs in the truck are just not fun any more)
  13. japat100

    japat100 Guest

    i would think you would need gear reduction to get more power ,,and if you have a peddle start you may be in trouble ,,with more gear reduction you are going to need no snow to get started ,,so 3 think you will need,,, pull start,,,,gear reduction ,,,, and studs ,,,,,,,, o ,yes one more thing when the cops come to investigate why you ran into the back of 20 ton snowblower you should carry in a secret section of your wallet , a letter from the doctor that proves you are half nuts

  14. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    I'll take some pictures of my process for making snow tires. I hope to fiind some time to work on them today.
  15. Danny3xd

    Danny3xd Member

    HARR Jpat! I should update that letter. Only half would be an improvement.

    Kewl Alaskavan. I was thinking of "twining" Velcro in a spiraling manner threw the rim and around the tire making a tread. Wouldn't last long (or help much) but is cheap.
  16. Sianelle

    Sianelle Guest

    A tractor track for bicycles? - please tell me more :confused:
  17. Smallwheels

    Smallwheels Guest

    Link to bicycle with a track instead of a tire

    I haven't been here for a few days and didn't see the additions to this thread.

    I did a search and found the web site for the kit to put a track on the rear of a bicycle.

    Here is the link to the web site:

    It looks fun for going downhill only. The photos and videos don't show anyone riding on level ground or going uphill for very far. One probably could walk as fast on level ground.

    There are videos of such things on motorcycles on They look fun. (I'm not searching for those links.)
  18. Danny3xd

    Danny3xd Member

    Pretty awesome Smallwheels. How cool would that look on a WW1 military style MB?!? Thanks for the link.
  19. Sianelle

    Sianelle Guest

    That is just amazing :shock: I want one, - no give me two so I can fit them to my tricycle :grin:
  20. Smallwheels

    Smallwheels Guest

    Tricycle With A Track

    For Sianelle;
    Greenspeed Half Track Tricycle.jpg