The Minnehaha Creek was completely rideable from Cedar Ave. to Lake Harriet today, and by the looks of it, the frozen creek has become a popular route. Along with the usual footprints and XC ski tracks, I saw several fat bike tracks on the snow-covered creek... Endomorph, Larry, Nate and Husker Du were all well represented.
When I got to the lake, I did a lap on the ice, staying about 50-100 feet from shore. I had thought about doing a second one, but the headwind while finishing up the first lap changed my mind. So I snapped a few pics, and headed back the way I came.
It's hard to say for sure, but I think the 2.1" studded tires were the ticket today. There were a few spots where I broke through a top layer of crusty ice, but it looked like the fat bikes were also having the same issue. The studded tires definitely had the advantage on the freshly frozen sections and under the bridges where there wasn't any snow. The 45Nrth Arcwelders never lost traction for any significant amount of time, but I think the added bite of a DIY tire might be in my future.
One nice surprise during the ride was the Gravity Dropper seatpost. It's on the GED simply because I wasn't using it on any other bikes, but it was unexpectedly handy today, allowing me to ride under a couple low bridges without stopping to lower my seat.
Seeing the Husker Du tracks has got me thinking... the tread looks pretty good. It's knobby but not to the extreme like Nate. Low tread profile like Larry, but it's a bit more aggressive. So now I'm thinking a Husker Du front/Big Fat Larry rear (or maybe even two Husker Dus) might be the way to go on my custom fat bike project. I do like the fact that the Husker Du is relatively light, for a fat tire.
Stopping is half the fun...