Monday, February 1, 2010

Today's Winter Entertainment

Copenhagenize.com - Winter Cycling from Copenhagenize on Vimeo.

7 comments:

Caledonia said...

Tom, this is great! Saturday morning at 7:00am I set out on my Trek Fuel 80 mt bike with knobby tires to pedal the 10 miles across town to CtK. The 3" snow on my hill was heavy with a crust of ice, not dry and powdery. Pedaling thru the virgin snow was like pedaling in sand, difficult and hard to control. Pedaling in the car tire tracks was slick, knobbies had no bite. After half-pedaling, half-walking, all slip-sliding, I'd gone about 3 blocks in 20 minutes when I had an attack of common sense: a). At this rate 8:30am Mass will be over by the time I get there and b). This ain't fun! Moral of this saga: Get a pair of Nokia studded tires! Cheers! DTI

Miley said...

Continental also makes a studded tire - Nordic Spike.

I was struck by the lack of helmets. Maybe commuting is that safe in Copenhagen. Cycling specific traffic lights - awesome.

Caledonia said...

Hi Miley, Thx for the info; I Googled Conti Nordic Track but apparently they don't make a 26". So I Googled Nokian tires and quickly found http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/studdedtires.asp Peter has an amazing variety of Nokian and Schwalbe studded tires in several sizes including 26", plus a lengthy informative discussion about the selection of these various tires for road and off road use. A whole new world of bikin' fun!
DTI

Chad Moss said...

Miley, you are correct......where are the helmets. It looks like a late 1990's Tour de France video.

Early Rider said...

I have been to Copenhagen many times, but only in the warm months, and the town is loaded with bikes. Two weekends ago, I swear the weather man said the freezing rain would not start before noon, but at 10 I was icing up. Last Sunday, the high was 20 and sunny so out I went, but these Scandinavian folks seem to endure it as a matter of routine. Must be in their blood.

Early Rider said...

I have been to Copenhagen many times, but only in the warm months, and the town is loaded with bikes. Two weekends ago, I swear the weather man said the freezing rain would not start before noon, but at 10 I was icing up. Last Sunday, the high was 20 and sunny so out I went, but these Scandinavian folks seem to endure it as a matter of routine. Must be in their blood.

Caledonia said...

Yesterday I looked at the other winter cycling videos by Copenhagenize listed in his sidebar; most interesting plus great music; his latest titled "The Snow Slinger of Copenhagen" is a 20-second clip of a bike lane being cleared of snow by city equipment; a different culture fer sure.
DTI