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Snowpocalypse 2014 in Wilmington -- the video

(updated: Mar 9, 2014)

Snow, ice, freezing rain, wintry mix, call it what you will, it comes so rarely to Wilmington. And when it does, you should take advantage of it by using that fat bike that you purchased for this very occasion. What, no fat bike? Come on, it’s the big new thing in bikes. Everybody is getting one. Don’t be that guy still stuck in the 90’s with a Klein or a Trek Y-bike. Even Specialized makes one now.

And by the way, once you have a fat bike for snow and sand, you need a gravel bike to ride unpaved roads, not to be confused with a cyclocross bike which you also need, a dirt jumper for dirt jumps and pump tracks, a XC race bike, trail bike, downhill bike, freeride bike, road bike, time trial and triathlon bike … the list goes on and on. One bike just cannot do it all, so give up on this pipe dream right now and get busy buying bikes until you’re flat broke, which you will be considering the price tags of some of these things.

So when the snow and ice pellets came, I immediately did the same thing every redneck in this town did, which is to get in my truck and drive around, you know, because I have a 4x4 off-road vehicle designed specifically for driving around on snow and ice (not really), and this was the one time I would actually get to use it for something it was designed for, which is why there were so few accidents (not really either), otherwise why did I pay $50k for a big truck that guzzles gas when a $22k Chevy Cruze would work 99% of the time?

But instead of my truck I took my Pugsley out, because I have a bike designed specifically for riding around on snow and ice, and this was the one time I would get to use it for this purpose, and why did I pay $1800 for a bike when a $300 cruiser bike would work 99% of the time (I ride the piss out of cruiser bikes, by the way). And for that matter why have a $7000 road bike when a $1000 road bike will get the job done, because I still suck the same on both, I just suck a bit quicker on the more expensive one.

There were so few people on the roads, yet so many accidents. And I was out there with them. On a bike. And people thought I was nuts, which I am. But I reasoned that having a few rednecks flying down Market St. in poor conditions was still safer than a lot of morons flying down Market in good conditions. And yes, I did go down once on some ice. But I didn’t have to call the police to report it or need an ambulance or get a tow out of a ditch.

Like this guy:


Or this guy:


Anyway, I filmed the whole adventure (if you can call riding a bike an adventure, as much as you can call driving a Prius exciting), because if you don’t record your ride and post it, it didn’t happen. So I put together another video of people riding bikes for your enjoyment, because someday when you’re old and crabby you’re going to remember Snowpocalypse 2014 and what Wilmington looked like and when there used to be trails at UNCW and the good old days and there was this jerk Sir Bikes-a-lot and blah, blah, blah; you’re going to want to see a video of it, and facebook and google will have turned the internet into chum by then, and your bike won't work because it's not connected to the network.

-SBA





Photos & video stills:

Snow in Wilmington

Dead snake we found on UNCW trails:
Snow in Wilmington

It was a snakecicle:
Snow in Wilmington

Elusive fat bikes in the woods. Like wild turkeys, they run when spotted.
Snow in Wilmington

Snow in Wilmington

Snow in Wilmington

See, I am a wild turkey ... Look at that turkey giblet thing hanging down my neck:
Snow in Wilmington

Snow in Wilmington

Snow in Wilmington

Ed nearly rams a tree:
Snow in Wilmington

Trees ... they are more useful than for running into, cutting down, mulching, or burning. Here I am making use of one to save my ass:
Snow in Wilmington

The result of my unsuccessful attempt at getting over this roller:
Snow in Wilmington

But I did make it down the snow-covered root ball:
Snow in Wilmington

Fat bikes also come in handy for pulling kids across snow and ice in laundry baskets:
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If you ride long enough stalactites will grow from your bottom bracket. There's even some leaves frozen underneath. I rode this bike for 8,965 years. I mean, this thing is beat to shit.
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The Cross City Trail rocks, especially this part, which is very scenic. More, please.
Snow in Wilmington

One of the rare times you get to ride down Market St. when there's not much traffic. People are still going too fast despite the conditions ... just watch the video. I mean I'm doing at least 45.
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Cross City Trail bridge. These bridges were solid ice underneath and hard not to slip on.
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Middle Sound Loop Rd.
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1 COMMENT:

1. Brinker said...

Great post Erol, sorry to have missed the snowride. I think that is a king snake that you found. Hope he thaws out...

Mar 18, 2014 @ 11:54 AM


 

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