I found a great way to bike in all weather: a $200 Walmart “Beast” fat bike equipped with a Stokemonkey mid-drive electric motor. This electric Beast easily traverses roads covered with two to eight inches of fresh snow or slush-covered streets.
If you use your bike mainly for transportation (as opposed to recreation), you are painfully aware that you can’t choose the weather conditions you ride in. If you’ve sold your car to be car-free, and you’ve got to get somewhere, often you have no other choice than to get there with your bike. Most of the time this is more of a pleasure than a problem. But there are some conditions that stop even the most determined bicyclists. Snow is one of them.
I like to ride in the winter. Every November I put studded snow tires, such as Schwalbe Marathon Winters, on my bike. However, these tires are not intended for biking on snow; they are really only for biking on icy roads. They prevent bike tires from slipping on patches of ice, and they do this very well. But if the road has even a few inches of snow on it, these tires don’t work well. They don’t prevent Continue reading →