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  1. Awesome video! Takes wheels on ice to a whole new level.
  2. The main issue is that it has to be okay with getting snow/wet/grime on it. If it was washable then I think sure. The tricky part is that you don't want to cover the lights, as one is often travelling in the dark when commuting in the winter.
  3. Quick and dirty cut of a little bit of my commute this morning. First commute with the now-repaired ACM2 having an off-road tire instead of the stock tire used last winter. I've put the XL away, the ACM2 with this tire is far easier to ride in these conditions. The road doesn't look slippery to walk on because I have studs on my shoes.
  4. The ride in on the ACM2 this morning was awesome, no issues at all. With the off-road tire on it feels much more stable than it did last year and having the ability to plow through small snow-drifts and berms makes it spectacular fun. Plus being a heavy, wide wheel with a low centre of gravity makes it ideal for winter I think. The XL is put away for the winter, sometime in the future when I have one to spare I'll put a winter tire on it and see how it does.
  5. I had exactly the same issue, plus when having to dismount in super icy conditions (for a stoplight for example) I needed traction to stand up, point being I have been using something similar for the past couple of years. They are wonderful, definitely solve the problem, with the only side effect being that they grind the grit off the pedals over time. I'll post a picture of my ACM2 pedals (that have a winter of this wear and tear) later on. I am currently testing the ACM2 with a knobby tire, and found that it chews through the mushy snow like a champ. Not convinced it will do well on ice though, a bit worried about tomorrow morning's trip in. I have a feeling its going to be a battle. I am much more comfortable on the ACM2 vs the 18XL; the xl seemed to be super unstable in the bumpy snow situation, was constantly having to catch myself from going down for what seemed like the most minor of bumps.
  6. Maybe riding technique plays a role. I know that you you have to super careful to stay over the wheel, no leaning of any kind or its game over. I know when I hit a super long stretch of really bad ice I get this super-strong sense that a fall is inevitable, that I might as well give in to it and just go down, kind of like the feeling one gets standing at the edge of a high cliff. It just seems counter-intuitive that you are still vertical, but somehow the wheel stays upright, as long as I am super careful not to make any sudden movements. Tire pressure may pay a role, I would think a hard tire would go down easier. Short patches should be easy to cross for anyone. We had a little (30ft) patch of ice show up by the rink last spring during one of our weekly sessions; it looked pretty scary and there were some weren't willing to try it. Those who did try it were able to cross without any issues or drama.
  7. Awesome! We need to do a winter ride together at some point with a video camera if you are up for it. I'd love to do something that compares different wheels under like conditions. I think I have to try the stud thing at some point not because I need them but because civilians won't want to have to work so hard to keep the wheel upright on sketchy days like today. I don't think I'm convincing anyone to do any winter riding doing what I'm doing right now.
  8. The toes are the worst part; on a long fast ride in very low temperatures they get extremely cold, sometimes without even your noticing. Frostbite is a real concern on some days.
  9. All that for beautiful, balmy, we-all-want-to-retire-there Victoria? That's more than what I wear here, even on the coldest days. That heated jacket sure sounds interesting though.
  10. First winter wipeout today - beginning and end of winter really are the most treacherous times; and bridges over rivers are the most treacherous places. Normally I'm pretty careful but there's an outdoor coffee meetup place just past the end of the bridge, so I was looking to see if anyone had showed up. Also it's +4c today, so I wasn't expecting much more than a few slippery patches. But what happened I guess is that the underlying surface at the end of the bridge run was cold enough to freeze into a 100-foot patch of pristine ice under a layer of thin layer of water. I would have been okay if a) had been paying attention, or b) had only had to ride straight, but this stretch is where you have to veer to the left to get off the bridge. So at speed, not paying attention, hung a summer-style left turn on the worst possible surface. But, it was all good. I spilled the coffee of course, and got super wet from sliding on that glorified ice-puddle. But otherwise I'm looking forward to attacking that section again on my way home tonight. This time I'll be ready for it.
  11. And since I'm here, my second tip is: Do not avoid slippery stuff! I've mentioned this before, but if you see little patches of ice or anything that looks a bit slippery, take it on instead of going around it. That way you get used to riding the wheel under adverse conditions when you are in charge. You'll face it sooner or later anyway if you do winter riding, might as well get the practice in when you choose, instead of when mother nature does. Case in point, the last couple of days the side streets have been quite slippery. Rather than find drier streets or just ride straight and pray , I do gentle slaloms from one side of the street to the other to re-establish that I am still in control the ride.
  12. We've actually spent a little time thinking about how something like that might work. For winter commuting though it probably doesn't need much more than a bit of insulation, that XL cover by itself might actually be enough without adding anything more.
  13. I did a long (10km run) home from work one cold (around -12c I think) day just to check the temp and found that the wheel was cooling down by the time I got home. It seems like different wheels run warmer than others, the ACM was a champ and seemed to keep a stable temperature down to -20c or so. So I guess that would be a another tip: use cold days as an opportunity to monitor the temperature of the wheel over a longer ride to see how it behaves. At a certain temperature + distance one would have to take measures such as adding a cover or something. My little 6.5km commute is over so quickly (it's a great reason to get comfortable with getting some speed going in winter) that I don't really need to do anything. Very careful not to leave it outside though, for example to run in and grab a cup of coffee on the way to work I bring the wheel in with me.
  14. Winter arrived today in the form of a snowstorm during my daily morning commute. The 18xl had no problems at all getting there with the stock tire, I even did some slaloming in the snow (about two cm) along the way. So, no need for any spikes just yet.
  15. We're going to try running an indoor wheel training class for women this winter to see how that goes. We had four or five women learn wheels over the past few months, we'll try to build on that.
  16. After two year and a few mishaps I have switched to riding roads. The reality is an XL has the power and speed to better co-exist with cars on 50kmh roads than with pedestrians (although I do travel on sidewalks if I absolutely have to in order to reach my destination.) Aside from being a bit self conscious (no one else here is riding wheels on roads yet that I know of) I feel much safer on roads than I ever did on sidewalks, where things (people, cars) are always popping out of blind corners unexpectedly.
  17. Does it wear out pretty quickly? I've been reading that some tires don't last very long if you ride them on pavement, which will always be a substantial part of my commute.
  18. This is why I wear studs on my shoes/boots; very difficult to dismount your wheel without falling when you cruise in to a stop on a pure ice surface if your boots don't have some traction when you step off.
  19. WRT to the grip discussion, my ACM2 definitely had more winter grip than many bicycles; there is one particular hill that at times has been covered in pristine ice; most cyclists have to walk up it, I've always been able to ride up. Few things are sweeter than riding past cyclists walking their bikes due to icy weather conditions. NB. I have had my share of falls though, so it does happen.
  20. When riding in extreme cold the main issue is the battery cooling down. For short trips this isn't an issue but for longer trips when it is very cold you'll want to monitor the temperature. Pro Tip: on extremely cold days, charge the wheel up for at least half an hour or so before you ride. This raises the temperature pretty significantly (from room temperature to 41c on my current wheel) and gives you more time to ride before the wheel cools down to a point where it starts to lose power.
  21. Sorry, but this is nonsense. Many of us ride in the winter.
  22. Maybe this has been said, but governments should regulate the behaviour, not the device. Primarily, it should be illegal to travel faster than X/kmh on a sidewalk. Simple change that would apply to everything including bicycles and save police from having to analyze every strange new device to try identify its category and/or capabilities.
  23. Just as an update to this. After putting the tire on the ACM2 we had a bit of a hiccup putting it back together, so it needs a bit of repair work now to get it running. But it caused me to realize that there isn't much value to the community at large in riding that wheel this winter since it is a discontinued model. So hopefully I'll be doing a bit of experimenting the the ACM2 here and there if and when we get it running,... ...but my main wheel for this winter -- at least to start -- will be an 18XL. I might switch to a 16S though, as I have two of those and can test two different tires; not sure if I want to put two wheels through winter conditions though, we'll see.
  24. We met up with a River Valley Adventure Segway group on a beautiful late October afternoon. We always give respect to Segways as the original self balancing vehicles.
  25. I am putting a knobby tire onto the ACM2 this winter, at least to start, to see how that changes the ride.
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