Took the Big Dummy out for the first spin with its new sneakers. 19.1 miles, and the incredibly fast 11.7 mph average speed. It turns out the studded tires really suck the energy, particularly on pavement. For some reason they don't seem to be any worse than normal tires on hard pack snow, though. They did work well- I didn't have any issues on any of the icy sections, even on climbs. You could feel some small amount of slipping, but nothing like what you'd get with normal tires.
I met John on the paved trail on the west side of 494, then we headed over to Minnetonka to have some coffee. All in all, a fun ride.
Funny how the 29'er makes even the Big Dummy look like a kid's bike!