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gristy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-01-07 11:42 PM
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Wheels on Ice: Slip-Sliding and Loving It
Edited on Thu Feb-01-07 11:43 PM by gristy
It was 35 years ago that I was pounding roofing nails through my Sting-Ray's tires every winter so I could get a grip on my paper route.

Wheels on Ice: Slip-Sliding and Loving It

THE mass perforation of Brownie Lake began at noon, when eight rolling tires, thousands of shiny screw tips and the fast-pumping legs of four bike riders were set in motion on a dizzying figure-eight track of ice.

The screw-studded tire, above, of an ice racing bike.

Round and round we go, said Jay Henderson, known as Hollywood, whizzing by on a plane of ice, jockeying for position on a tight turn in the course.

Pellets shot off spinning wheels. Four riders cranked and wrangled, a trail of tiny divots left in their wake. The track they rode, a double-loop path on the frozen surface of a lake in Minneapolis, glinted in the afternoon sun.

Coming on the inside, Mr. Henderson hollered, squeaking by a rider, his elbows out.


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