Snowstorm 2.0

View from Battery Park. 2 foot+!

View from Battery Park. 2 foot+!

Great storm still underway. Expected snowfall totals to range from 15 to 30+ inches by the time it is done. Burlington Airport had a record 19 inches yesterday. Totals today shattered 120 years of record keeping – 32.6 inches recorded at last check of the local paper’s website – with more on the way.

Comfortable, dry. Even the toes stayed warm today.

Comfortable, dry. Even the toes stayed warm today.

I got out for a nice ride this morning. Singlespeed on the Soma, running 32×18 (a bit high with all the snow), and the Nokian Extremes. I almost swapped tires to the fat Nevegals – but was glad I had the 588 points of carbide along when I managed to break through to pavement. Logged just under 15 miles. Lakefront MUP was a mess – deep powder with footprints and frozen tracks deep below the surface. I kept to side streets and a few main roads. Most motorists were tolerant of the crazy on the bike. Made it into town to run errands, warm with some tea, and check out the waterfront. Digicam battery died – so I’m left with smartphone pics.

Church Street - plenty of kids climbing on the snow piles.

Church Street - plenty of kids climbing on the snow piles.

29er, studded tires, and my Indigo backpack with extra layers and an assortment of things I picked up in town...

29er, studded tires, and my Indigo backpack with extra layers and an assortment of things I picked up in town...

9 Responses to “Snowstorm 2.0”

  1. Aaron says:

    I tried to go for a quick ride on my “winter” bike which is equipped with 700×35 Nokian W106′s. Didn’t work out so well. WAY too much snow in my neighborhood. I now understand why they make the Extremes!

  2. mb says:

    Aaron -

    I ran those last year – still have em but like the wider 2.1 exreme. After going down in deeper snow last year I picked these up lightly used for cheap. I have more confidence in riding through the nasty stuff with these – although they make pushing the 106′s around seem easy.

  3. clueless backcountry people says:

    I almost triggered our EPIRB yesterday up at Farrell Park, would you have come to our rescue?

  4. mb says:

    CBP –

    I heard the avalanche danger was high at Farrell Park – with all the snow sliding off the roofs. Yes, I would have sherpa’d you out no problem. Of course you would have been sent a bill for the services. Coffee and treats from Klinger’s would pay the cost for rescue… ;)

  5. clueless backcountry people says:

    Luckily, they saw our flares and returned our St. Bernard with hot beverages.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/56666330@N00/4241555275/

  6. mb says:

    nice. i should have rolled over there. would have been nice to share a brew with you two…!

  7. Apertome says:

    Wow, that’s a lot of snow! I’m glad you got out and rode anyway. 15 miles in that stuff is qutite a feat, really!

  8. electric says:

    http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/04/polar-pressure-pattern-driving-chill-nearly-off-chart/

    Of course, nobody is quite sure how this thing works… only that it’s appearance means a lot more snow and freezing cold.

    Keep warm out there.

  9. greg says:

    Jealous and jealous describe my state. We got a measly 10 inches or so. At least it was a lovely 10 inches, perfect BC ski action.