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Let it effing snow

December 8, 2010
Leaving for work

Spokane actually has winter (Melissa Carpenter photo)

During the recent snowfall in Bellingham, one of my Facebook friends asked if I ride in the snow. In a word, no. Especially here, where the usual pattern is for overnight snowfall to be melted into a wonderfully smooth surface for freezing into a skating rink the following night.

For the last few years, Spokane (which was on my shortlist of places to live) has had record snowfall. This year was no exception. Friend Michael Carpenter decided not to let a little snow in his neighborhood keep him from riding to work. Spokane plows and salts the main drags, and those roads were reported to be clear. By golly, Michael was gonna ride to work today!

There are snow tires for scooters, and if you have a P/PX or a Stella it’s easy to keep a set handy if you need—or want—to ride in the white stuff.

Me, I’m thinking cross-country skis. Favicon

  1. mark morris permalink
    December 8, 2010 11:10 pm


    Why Spokane?

    I had an uncle who used to live in Wenatchee. Beautiful country but dry. I got out there when I was in high school many years ago. I was enamored of big cities back then but could not convince the grown ups that we needed to see Seattle!!

    We now have snow and 1 degree temps here in the Land of Lincoln, so I am with you on this.

    Take it easy!

  2. December 9, 2010 2:14 pm

    mark, the cost of housing is low, and Spokane is a big enough city to have lots of options for entertainment and things to do. For me, the downside is Spokane’s relative isolation and actual winter. Both Bellingham and Spokane have active scooter communities. And Washington has no income tax…

  3. Jack Riepe permalink
    December 9, 2010 3:25 pm

    Dear Orin:

    Many of my friends will push off on roads that are plowed to blacktop (not I), but I see no return on riding on a snowcovered road on two wheels. Biking fun has its limitations.

    Fondest regards,
    Jack • reep • Toad
    Twisted Roads

  4. December 9, 2010 6:16 pm

    While I will ride in the cold and on through winter I take great care to avoid snow on the road. And even dry roads when the temps are below freezing can reveal sudden patches of ice where springs or boneheads washing their cars can create hazards.

    Still, it is a risk that I accept and manage accordingly. To that end I just got off the phone with Moto-Amore — two Heidenau Snotex tires for the Vespa will be shipped tomorrow!

    Steve Williams
    Scooter in the Sticks

  5. mark morris permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:31 pm

    All good reasons.

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