Snow Problem!

A very snowy commute

Really, it was a day that most people should have just stayed home.

So, did you have fun playing in the snow today?

The snowfall closed fewer schools than usual, but ended up dumping about 30cm in parts of the Tri-Cities. In the face of several weeks of weather weirdness (wind, snow, more wind, more snow…) such a disruption is almost routine now.

Power lines knocked out? No wait, that was yesterday’s weather. Roads rendered messy? Check. Transit troubles? Not as bad as some, but check.

I passed several crashes or stuck cars on the way to work, and several more on the way home. Slipperiness was the norm.

In case you are wondering, that bike up there was how I did my trans-suburban commute today. It turns out the skinny but knobby tires were just the trick for getting grip in the snow and muck. I was finding traction where some cars were sliding. The photo was taken after I got home, and demonstrates how much snow stuck to the bike, and how much snow fell at my house.

Hope you all got home safe, or better yet, took a snow day.

5 Comments so far

  1. maktaaq (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 6:30 am

    Got 1/3 of the way to work and stuck there for an hour yesterday. The radio suddenly had announcements that every single part of my route was clogged with traffic. So I phoned the boss and asked to work another day.

    I had already shovelled the sidewalk; with all the snow coming down, it was futile to do it again. So I watched a documentary on Freaks, finished reading the Bela Lugosi bio, and cooked food. Pretty relaxing.

    Now I am off to shovel again.

    (I’ll be giving myself 2 hours to get to work today instead of the usual 1 hour.)

  2. Erin (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 11:31 am

    I got stranded halfway to SFU around the same time Translink decided that it was too dangerous to send any more busses up or down. It then took me three hours to get home from there.

  3. ianmack (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 11:37 am

    wow, hats off to you and your bike. i usually brave the wind/rain/hail but snow is generally where i draw the line in biking to work and back. too slippery. maybe if i busted out some old tires… thanks for the tip!

  4. Ryan Cousineau (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 12:16 pm

    Ian, a caution! The tires on this bike are NOT slicks. Despite its appearance, this is a cyclocross bicycle (more or less), and the tires are 32mm WTB Allterrainasaurus. WTB doesn’t even call these cyclocross tires: they call them “comfort/hybrid” tires.

    I have had poor results with a mountain bike on snow-covered trails, but whether it was better tires, or drier snow, or just the narrower tires, these tires didn’t pack snow into their treads the way my mountain bike tires did.

    On the other hand, I decided that while snow is one thing, ice is quite another: today I took the bus and Skytrain to work.

  5. Rachael (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 10:24 pm

    Bad weather = good photo opportunities (of the long exposure kind.)

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