Unless we have another ice-age I will never live where riding on ice is a remote possibility.
Studs are a must on ice and most snow conditions.
Exactly. Human beans are composed mostly of water. I consider any environment that causes water to change its state to liquid or gas to be fundamentally hostile to human beans - and hence strongly avoid living in such places. As it turns out, that also means I encounter very little ice on roads. A nice side bonus.
No. Trikes are wider and mechanically less efficient than bikes, so you'll offset whatever modest Cd benefit you get in that way. Small wheels are slower than large ones, too. Don't expect to go faster, is all-- and most definitely not 20 mph faster.
Is the ebike simulator not to be believed?Don't expect to go faster, is all
I have about 50 LB worth of batteries to load up the rear so I should be alright in that case.Also note that KMX and most other tadpole trikes put very little weight on the rear wheel, which limits the amount of traction you can get even with studded tires. Just being on three instead of two won't necessarily improve your safety outlook.
The problem with recumbent bikes for commuting, IMO, is visibility. I think routine speeds of 40 mph on a conventional bike are relatively unsafe due to the high center of gravity that limits braking. Recumbent bikes or stretched/lower bicycle frames help mitigate that, but their lower stance introduces more of a visibility issue. And the number one hazard for bikes is cars.coinmaster wrote: ↑Nov 24 2017 9:26amStudded tires are my current plan for my bike, it's just that as far as I understand I can go faster, safer on a recumbent trike.
I'd like to ride at least 40mph during my commutes which is a death wish on a bike in the snow, I would imagine a recumbent trike would have much more reliable brakes at that speed since it has 3 wheels, correct?
According the the bike simulator the battery should last significantly longer on a recumbent as well.
they make good targetsare light up strobe flags not sufficient?
Hehe. I believe most venimous, venenous and poisonous life forms would agree with you.wturber wrote: ↑Nov 24 2017 8:07pmExactly. Human beans are composed mostly of water. I consider any environment that causes water to change its state to liquid or gas to be fundamentally hostile to human beans - and hence strongly avoid living in such places. As it turns out, that also means I encounter very little ice on roads. A nice side bonus.
You want weight on the front to ride slippery conditions. That is because yo can control the loss of traction much better on the rear than front. Racing on ice, we are on the handlebar for the entire race. In the snow we are playing a lot with fr and rr balance, but turns are always on the front.coinmaster wrote: ↑Nov 24 2017 8:54pmOkay so I should expect only marginal speed gains and safety is a toss up.
But the more I think about it, the more I'm scared of what would happen with my 50lb rear battery on a slippery road on my two wheeled bike. My rear rack almost weighs more than the rest of the bike. I feel like the trike would have an advantage there.
I see what you are saying about the visibility issue, are light up strobe flags not sufficient?
Living longer just to shovel more snow seems pointless to me.MadRhino wrote: ↑Nov 24 2017 9:32pm
Hehe. I believe most venimous, venenous and poisonous life forms would agree with you.
Of course, cold countries are not comfortable for half of the year. Yet, people in cold countries are, by all statistics. living longer and healthier. So there must be something good at living in the cold. What I like here, is that it is clean. I mean, all the nuisances to men die every winter, every spring is a fresh start and summer temp is just perfect. We do winter sports and actually like the winter when we are not on the dirty streets.
Yep. A bike you ride, a trike you drive (unless it is leaning). They are so different, either you love it, or hate it.
No potholes along my route that I've seen, thankfully.