Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Some white stuff from above

Last weekend, just before I headed off to Innsbruck, it started to snow in Vienna. It also did when I returned on Sunday evening, and it still does!

Now that's quite some snow for Vienna.

white snow

And as every year, they have trouble clearing the roads properly. So the streets look more grehish, and are pretty wet.

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By careful when cycling. Take it easy, don't rush! (see our full winter cycling guide for more tipps)

It's not necessary to leave your bikes at home though... But if you don't wanna ride, take your bikes in. Otherwise there will only be a piece of rust left after the winter...

snowcapped bikes

17 comments:

Velouria said...

You know, everybody says how unusual it is that it snows in Vienna, but every winter I am there, it snows - and starts early! I think Vienna looks beautiful with the snow; I hope you are enjoying it safely.

wienerradlchic said...

Since I cycle with my wife's Velorbis bike which has ballon wheels I found out that snow is not the best surface to ride above.
Besides that snow is fun!

anna said...

@ Velouria: True indeed, but this time it's really a lot (at once). The first year I was in Vienna, it already started to snow in October, and there was like half a meter of snow in the winter. Looks great yeah, and most people enjoy it. But indeed, getting from A to B is not as easy.

@ wienerradlchic: I won't ride my Retrovelo either. In the winter I feel much safer with my mountainbike. I have good tires there, and the bike responds much faster and generally feels "more connected" to myself and the moves I make.

Anna said...

As a Mediterranean girl I am amazed to see country capitals covered with snow. Beautiful (though may be uncomfortable). Unthinkable in Barcelona! (well except for last March, where we unexpectedly had 2 cm on white stuff for one afternoon...)

Carolyn said...

Wow, you got lots of snow! Do you need studs on your tires or is it not worth it where you live?

I am thinking of getting a mountain bike for next winter. I use my hybrid right now and even though I don't seem to have a problem, I think the fatter tires on a mountain bike would make for a more stable safe ride.

Jean said...

Looks like the amount snow that Vienna is the same amount that Vancouver, BC would get. It snows less on low levels vs. in the local mountains. I don't know about Vienna, but Vancouver drivers can't cope very well with (little) snow.

Right now here in Calgary, Alberta it is "only" -15 degrees C with snow melted off. I biked only 6 kms. to grocery store. It was minor victory. A few days ago by contrast, it was -25 degrees C.

l' homme au velo said...

We got the very heavy Snow as well in Dublin and cannot cope with it very few People Cycling in it and those that are are using Mountain Bikes.

It has not Snowed since a Week ago but the Snow is still there and turned to Ice. Now there is a slight thaw and Temperatures are due to go up to 7Celsius in a Day or so but the Ice is proving very hard to Melt. On side Roads and in Estates it is still Lethal no Gritting or Salting.

Memo to myself must get Knobbly Tyres on the Surly LHT for future use in Snow.

Simply Bike said...

It's been looking like that here in the Midwest as well. I've been too scared to ride with the roads covered in snow and ice, but I will give it a try once they are cleared and the ice is taken care of.

Frohe Weihnachten! Hope you`re enjoying the Christkindlmarkt, what I would give for a Glühwein to counter those cold and snowy afternoons :)

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