Need a better Snow Bike

Davdison BMX in the snow

I’m deeply depressed that I no longer have a dropbar mtb for this year’s Seattle snow event. My Davidson BMX has a disc brake, but even if I had studded tires, 20” do not roll over the soft stuff well. Rather than crushing the car-less, snowed over roads and pretending everything covered in white is an invitation to ride, I’ve been surfing out of control in the half powder, half slush. Definitely less fun and way more crashing. The difference between 20” and 26” is so obvious in soft snow that I am prepared to sign off on the likely advantage 29er would have over 26”. I think that in pure roll 29er would be ideal, but I think I’d stick with a 26” since it’s unlikely that I could hang a dropbar on a 29er my size and not be overly stretched out.

I could refit my Redline Conquest Carbon with disc brakes, but I really like that bike with the Avid Shorty Ultimate brakes for racing….and I wouldn’t be able to fit 2.1” Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro tires anyways.

Ice Spiker Pro in the box


Meanwhile the Parlee CX-H with the Limus Challenge is working great! Rode again with a few tabs around stuck cars. Also rode for a time like a velocipede sitting on the top tube, unclipped, for stability.

With a mtb with studded tires, it just rules.  Remember how deep the snow was the Xmas in 2008 when i had such a setup….it was bomb, it was beyond thunderdome.  a fat bike would be even better if got even deeper than that, but the spiked mtb is faster in the transitions of hard packed snow….and the spikes grip better on icy hills anyway.

Wait, why a dropbar?  More weight over the front wheel?

an instinctual urge to be weird and a distaste for straight bars.  also, the dropbar allows a lower hand position than is otherwise possible for bikes my size with 80mm+ suspension forks.  the only bike i wouldn’t prefer a dropbar on would be the BMX pictured here. 

with a mtb dropbar, i give up a little on the more difficult technical riding but gain much more on all other types of riding. 

personal preference.  and when i say “dropbar”, i mean dropbars specifically intended for offroad riding, such as the On-One Midge, Origin-8 Gary, and especially the Soma Junebug (my fave).  here’s what i’m talking about:

Nice.  Looks like it provides a great perch to crouch behind while still allowing a wide combination of hand placement,,,

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