Riding NYC in the snow, on a Cub

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nick-snow

New York City woke up to three inches of snow on Friday morning—reason enough to pop some waterproof pants on and go for a ride. The tires on the Cub aren’t the best for snow, so for once the throttle—and the 6 bhp it controls—must be managed with care.

It’d be more fun with more grip, but it doesn’t snow frequently enough here to justify studs. It would even be possible to ride a big bike on snow and ice with a set of studded tires. Right now, I’m dreaming of a Christini 300, thus equipped.

  • http://metabomber.com/ Jesse

    Love it. Even though the roads were just wet (but cold, and slick) by this morning, I got some strange looks riding the ol’ CBR to work.

  • http://twitter.com/brammofan Brammofan

    Didn’t HFL do a similar “riding in snow in NYC” a couple years ago, before you abandoned NYC for sunnier climes?

    • nick2ny

      Yessir, but I didn’t have a video camera that time. I have so much fun thinking of the occasional adverse conditions in my daily routine as something to be savored–part of a fragmented adventure–rather than something to be avoided or protected from.

      • http://twitter.com/brammofan Brammofan

        Thanks Nick!

      • http://metabomber.com/ Jesse

        “… occasional adverse conditions in my daily routine as something to be savored and tackled–part of a fragmented adventure–rather than something to be avoided or protected from.”

        There is no small amount of wisdom right there.

  • Kr Tong

    Hey man easy on the throttle. That’s a honda cub.

  • The Blue Rider

    His Cub is the one that says “Bad Mother Fucker” on it.

  • quaz

    Isn’t lane-splitting illegal in NY?

    • nick2ny

      Actually, everything is illegal here. Except, of course, 16+ oz. sodas. El Bloombito’s ban was meant to go into effect today but was struck down by the hammer of justice.

  • Jefferson Parke

    For anyone who likes the idea of a Cub on ice, you may enjoy C90 Adventures: http://www.facebook.com/pages/C90-Adventures/279000328897692

  • http://profiles.google.com/mugget mugget man

    LOL. Looks like some good slippin’ & slidin’ fun!

  • http://twitter.com/Mr_Paynter Mr Paynter

    Love the little slip ‘n slides but I cringed at like 2:38 (I think) where you turned across the crazy lines everywhere.

    Here in RSA those are very slick and a recipe for disaster. Most noobs get it drilled in to them to avoid the lines in even the slightest damp if you can.

    You are definitely more hardcore than I!

    • nick2ny

      The ice elsewhere in the video offered significantly less traction than the painted stripes!

      • http://twitter.com/Mr_Paynter Mr Paynter

        Republic of South Africa, it barely ever snows in any of our Urban areas, just in mountainous regions.

        I saw my first snow on a holiday to Europe at 25 years old.

  • JB

    Final destination: Tent & Trails. Awesome.

    • nick2ny

      Or entrails, if you don’t count the axes as letters

      • JB

        HA! Brilliant. I had never noticed that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/electricbike Troy Rank

    Hurricanes, Floods, Snow, Ice, Nothing stops that cub :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/electricbike Troy Rank

      P.S. from someone that rides year round in the snow, the single best thing I’ve found for street snow riding is a set of road knobbies. The studs do help, but only in certain situations. The knobbies help shed snow in a way you would never want to try with any street tire (I guess this is obvious). Aerostich studs are really freaking sweet though.

      • nick2ny

        I wouldn’t mind trying this next year. I’m having trouble finding something in 17×2.5, though, and it wouldn’t be worth the effort to swap tires just for the two times a year I find myself next to a motorcycle and snowy, unplowed roads.

        • http://twitter.com/Mr_Paynter Mr Paynter

          I have no idea how plentiful cubs are over there but it would probably be easier to buy an extra set of wheels with knobblies on and juist swap the wheels out.

  • appliance5000

    My experience on a bicycle is that studs are good for ice but nothing really works in snow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dan.sciannameo Dan Sciannameo

    You got a pair, I’ll give you that. I ride all year here in NYC but don’t like to get caught out with the white stuff on the ground. And dude, splitting too in the slush? Damn.

    • Guest

      Where do you mean I was splitting lanes? I thought I edited out all the lanesplitting stuff.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dan.sciannameo Dan Sciannameo

        1:50, 2:30, 2:40 Etc.

        • nick2ny

          Pavement markings obscured by slush :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kentaro.a.roy Kentaro Roy

    Are studs legal in NYC? Here in MI they’re not unless you live way up north. I’d stud the tires in my GS and ride all winter if they were legal, I often wonder if I would actually get ticketed.