I am beginning to think that I would have been better off getting studded tires for my Neko than getting a fat tire bike for riding on snow. My biking so far this winter has been mainly on ice. Still, there’s enough snow around to work on negotiating a variety of conditions.
So far I’ve alternated between riding on ice, snow, and deep ruts. The ruts are the trickiest. My tires bounce from one side of the ice and snow wall to the other as I slip and slide and bump along in a far from straight line.
There is a new bike trail being built to connect bike routes from Anoka to Ramsey and give cyclists a way to avoid riding on Hwy 10 to travel north. But between the flooding that ran from Spring through much of the Summer and the all too short in-between time, before the snow and frozen ground started, the city has only gotten as far as putting down dirt fill to create a trail across the King’s Island, and starting two bridge crossings to get onto and off of the island.
The rough trail is a good place to practice on my bike without anyone seeing how clumsy I am.