Re: [CR]Snow riding

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Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2003 22:29:27 -0500
From: "Mara & Steven Maasland" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Snow riding
To: Classic Rendezvous <>

Paul wrote;

Steve, did you have any trouble with ice buildup on the rear derailleur/freewheel? I can remember that happening a time or two when riding in the snow.

I only rode a few miles as the single brake is still only jury-rigged. In the past, on other trikes that I have owned, the problems with the rear derailleur icing up were cured reasonably well when I installed a modified rear mudguard on the front wheel. It curved down to close to ground level and was splayed wide to prevent the increased wheel spray kicked up by any trike from covering me the rider. For non-trike riders, you would likely be surprised to know that much more spray from the front tire reaches the rider than on a single. This is due to the fact that you often need to steer the wheel beyond the point where the down-tube is between the rider and the trajectory of the spray. In all honesty, I had more problems with getting sufficient traction to the drive wheel than with the gears (NJ is very flat!) The trike is a left- wheel drive and I have some slicks on it. The front tire almost always went where I aimed it, and the non-drive side was also pretty good, but the drive-side wheel was often slipping.

Steven Maasland
Moorestown, NJ