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Ryan Lindh of Trail Flow Outdoor Adventures, which sponsored the biking on ice event in Kentville
Despite taking a bit of getting used to, biking on ice can be an enjoyable experience, says Ryan Lindh of Trail Flow Outdoor Adventures.
Trail Flow recently sponsored a rink ride at the Kentville Centennial Arena.
“It sounded like a fun event to get people active and looking forward to spring,” Lindh said. “It’s something to do in the winter to pass the time.”
The first hour-and-a-half of the three-hour event was planned for riding time, allowing riders to get used to riding on the ice.
The remainder of the time was set aside for races in two categories: eight laps of the arena for faster riders and six laps for slower riders.
Lindh explained the secret to biking on ice is studded tires.
“Like on a car, to bite the ice,” he explained.
These can be purchased, which can get a bit costly, or made by ‘modifying’ an old set of bike tires “that you won’t mind having holes punched in,” Lindh said.
There is “a slight element of risk” involved in biking on ice, Lindh said, but that can be addressed.
“We insist everyone wears a helmet, and recommend gloves and elbow and knee pads,” he said, as the ice is both hard and unpredictable.
The studded tires are a must.
“Without studded tires, you’re all over the place,” he said. “If you come prepared, have the right gear and know what to expect, it’s great fun.”
The Kentville event was what Lindh calls “a tester” to judge local interest in the sport.
“If there’s a good response, we may look at doing it once a month next winter,” he said, adding that there are “definite advantages to doing something like this indoors, where you don’t have to worry about the weather.”