Ice Won’t Stop Me
The icy weather continues. To try and keep my bike legs in shape, I’m booked in for weekly spin classes (where, no doubt, some young slip of a girl in the front seat will kick my butt), but I was also intrigued by the idea of studded tyres for riding on ice & hard-packed snow & keeping the rubber side down. Via BikeHacks.com, there was even this page showing you how to make your own:
Grandma Kumar would be so proud.
Anyway, today I was scheduled for an early morning run - five miles, and it’s still icy out there. Hmmm - how about making my own studded running shoes instead?
I took a box of No. 6 x 1/2" screws off the shelf in my tool shed, and while I was drinking my coffee this morning converted my old running shoes for running on ice:
Did they work?
Yep - the five miles was on a mix of ice, hard-packed snow and a little new snow on top in places. the only time I experienced any slippage was going uphill on new snow - the shoes gripped fine, but the snow slid over the underlying ice.
If you’re going to make yourself a pair . . .
- Use old trainers - you don’t want to ruin your new ones!
- Remember the reason they’re old trainers - they probably don’t have the same cushioning & support as your new ones. So take it easy and keep the mileage down.
- Short, 1/2" screws don’t seem to rip out, so don’t use anything longer - Having a screw come through the sole probably wouldn’t be very comfortable.
- Check that none of the screws have come through to the inside of the sole before you put the shoes on for the first time!
While I was doing my run, I had this strange feeling that I’d seen shoes modified like this before somewhere. Today at work I remembered - a case of great minds thinking alike . . . or fools seldom differing?
- Type: Run
- Date: 01/05/2010
- Time: 13:52:20
- Total Time: 00:43:41.00
- Calories: 665
- Distance: 5.5 miles
- Average Pace: 7:56.82/mile