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Cycling the City in a Snowstorm: A Few Tips and Tricks

Cycling the City in a Snowstorm: A Few Tips and Tricks

Here in the midst of #31DaysOfWinterBiking , it’s time to admit something that a lot of winter bicycle commuters already know: biking through a snowstorm…

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Here in the midst of #31DaysOfWinterBiking , it’s time to admit something that a lot of winter bicycle commuters already know: biking through a snowstorm is a lot of fun. Sure, it’s icy, slow, and treacherous, but in many ways it’s the most fun you can have on a bike. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy the snow on two wheels. The author biking on Grand Avenue in Saint Paul, October 20, 2020. Photo by Sure, biking through fresh snow greatly increases the risk of falling. But falling onto a fluffy bed of snow is usually…kind of fun. The trick, if there is one, is to not try to stop your fall and let it happen. Just like getting thrown from your sled as a kid was the best part of sledding. And, unlike driving a car, if your bike ends up stuck in a snowbank, you can just pick it up and carry on instead of frantically digging snow and spinning wheels.

During a storm, cities take on a magical quality when snow scatters light and muffles sounds. Snowflakes create a Star Wars warp field effect as you speed through them. There are fewer cars on the road and most are driving a lot slower than usual. And, you’re more likely to see people out and about doing things like snowshoeing, cross country skiing, or other strange behaviors you never witness any other time. Downtown Saint Paul and a HotTea installation during a snowstorm on January […]

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