>>I have been kind of entertaining the idea of making a third wheel that clamps on the side of the ped and sticks out about 2 feet (like a sidecar would) to act as a guide so I don't have the tendency to fall down in the snow.<<
Welcome to the party Erin...glad to see another 30-ish "Geezer" of mopedism out there.
I have a design for that third wheel assmebly for Tomos, but no working model - I drew up the designs after losing a leg in a near-fatal wreck, but since I got a Tomos trike shortly after, never really needed to build it.
>>Snow tires would have helped my Tomos alot since there is no grip w/ the stock tires in the snow.<<
Yeah, stock tires suck, you want Cheng Shin PR4 16x2.25 Street Eaters, but it's hard to find the right tread, since each one has multiple tread designs that are not listed properly in the catalog.
I wish I could drop a diagram of what the tread looks like, but all I can do is describe it, it looks like regular street tread but it's really deep, and cut in sections of 1-3/4", which works like knobbies in snow.
Outriggers aren't a bad idea either, and can be made from shelf brackets, if you know what you are doing.
>>two wheeled snow and ice rider who claimed that wrapping brass (to protect the chrome wheel) chain from the hardware store around the tire and rim gives great traction.<<
That was me, and it does work, but the chains eventually break, so keep some extra footage of it, with S-hooks and something to cut it with in yer saddlebags.
You wrap it all the way around at 4"-6" intervals and hook it secure with small S-hooks.
The chain itself is this light, flat-link brass stuff they use for decoration and marking off gardens, etc...and because it's soft, you don't chew up the tires with it, works on mags or spokes, but check spoke trueness and tension more often if you are going to use it with spokes.
Myself, I wear a full snowmobile suit...I dress warmly, with thermal underwear and a light sweater, then put the liner from an Mk65 US Field jacket on, and my O-neal motorcross armor on top of that, then cover the works with the snowmobile suit.
Stomping boots, goretex cycle gloves and a skimask/goggles top that off, even if you do look like a bug.
Don't forget to take the ski-mask off when you stop at 7-11 for coffee, though, hehehehe, I once forgot and the lady behind the counter pushed the alarm button thinkin I was gonna rob the joint, oops.
I wear the armor underneath mostly because I am from baltimore, and it paid at the time to not let on that you were so-covered to the crowd of brick and bottle throwing thugs you'd find on many corners - it really puts a dent in such a thing to hurl a chunk of stone and watch it bounce off the guys chest as he just glares at you, and possibly gives chase...
I saw a couple of guys out yesterday on Honda Elites as I was driving my roomies car somewhere (out of our crowd, I am the only one who can drive a car in this mess either) and was tempted to stop and give em kudos, but I didn't wanna take the risk of runnin em over by accident, or get a chain through the windshield if they mistook me for someone with an attitude problem before I could say hi.
On that note, I still do reccommend swapping the brake levers, so your rear brake is on the same hand the throttle is, that way one can operate the moped with one hand without worrying about goin over the handlebars, as you would with the front brake....and this frees you to fill your left hand with a fistfull of chain when need be.
As for being frozen-in, or having frozen hand controls, I carry two items that help a bunch with that, first one is a spray bottle loaded with isopropyl alcohol, with makes a pretty good de-icer, and a can of WD40 to spray down the visible part of the throttle cables.
The reason for the second was that one longer ride in the snow, the melted ice re-froze and locked the throttle cable wide-open, and the engine run/stop button was not only frozen, but shorted open by ice as well, so I hadda lay the bike into a snow drift at 35Mph and roll off using the fall technique which anyone who rides should know (rolling off the shoulder to minimize impact, they teach it in some karate classes, and it's good to know if you ever wind up takin a dive offa the 'ped).
Luckily, The Tomos had a shutoff in the Del Lorto carb for that, when the bike pitches too far over, it cuts off the fuel..handy, that.
Anyhow, it's a real good idea to spray down any visible cable with the WD40 before starting out, if you don't want them freezing in position.
Be careful out there folks,