Well people, there may be snow however cycling has to go on... and yes, there will be a video collection later of all the falls I managed to make today. For now you will have to put up with a bit of waffle about how different the Orca is to a normal bike.
It is days like today when I wish I had managed to afford a trike - then there would be no falling off and a lot of sillyness!
Here is a post I made on cyclechat for those of you who don't read that website....
I got up this morning to be greeted by the first snow of the year. Lovely. I thought oh I am commuting to work, how hard can it be?
Well not too bad. The Orca is a very different kettle of fish in the snow than a DF... especially with slick tyres.
Balancing is interesting especially with tiller steering.
Applying any sort of power with slick tyres was a no no so I had to find flat/downhill bits to recover from the inevitable "offs".
Fell off 4 times, all low speed, two within 2 yards on fresh snow after a right turn, the next on a slight uphill incline which also requires a sharp left at the top, and the last one after negotiating a road pillow on a well packed snowy road.
Smiles all round though I think I may have bruised my shoulder a little.
Unfortunately there isn't any video because, as a result of wearing a hat under my camera mount, the Muvi was pointing at the sky.
Tonight I will be cycling home along main roads, rather than along my usual mainly off road route.
And after I get home I will edit what video I have... and post it here of course.