And finally the snow arrived here in Lancashire. Only about 30 mm, but enough to pack down to something slippery on the residential streets around us. Finally a chance to test out the performance of my Schwalbe Winter Tyres. The journey to and from work was uneventful as the treated road surfaces had turned to slush – but when work was over, it was time to have some fun. On the untreated roads near us the traffic of the day had produced good sections of compacted snow. What everyone else was no doubt cursing was a playground for me. Forget plastic surgery and anti-aging cream – try a recumbent trike, spiked tyres and some snow and that knocks 30 years off your attitude in a moment!
I can report the tyres to be a great success. If you ride sensibly they give excellent traction and good control of steering and braking. Never mind that though… …pedal really hard and throw it into a corner and it’s like being a skilled driver behind the wheels of a rally car. Drifting out on the bends and biting in the snow at the last minutes to get you around. Wheel-spinning up hills only to pick up speed again on the flat. Pure unadulterated fun, and tomorrow morning I’ll be sporting a recumbent grin again as I take my practical and environmentally benign mode of transport to get me into work. Why be a frustrated commuter, when you can smile all the way on a recumbent fitted with winter tyres.