With a nod to the recent change in this board's title - and a nod to another long running thread on it - I thought we should have a thread for utility rides. Given that commuting doesn't count for this purpose, and given my view is that very few people cycle for utility, I don't expect many replies. Let's hope I'm proved wrong. It falls to me to start the thread, so my utility ride today was a trip to the supermarket. Notable because it was my first ride in slippery conditions on my studded tyres. Not the sternest of tests, there wasn't much black ice about and the weather was starting to give a bit by the time I set out around 11am. On t'other hand, I wouldn't have ventured out in these conditions on ordinary tyres, so the studs have already done their job by increasing my opportunities to ride. It was slippery in places, and I'm fairly sure ordinary tyres would have given me some nervous moments, if not a tumble. No dramas making steady progress on the studs. After picking up some comestibles from Morrison's, I returned via my local bike shop to shoot the breeze and drink coffee. I took the opportunity to order an oil change kit for the Alfine 11 hub on my Rose bike. The owner of the shop has just bought some studded tyres for an all-night mountain biking event he's doing in Scotland. He needs to bed them in by next Saturday, so we are going for a road ride at 6pm to get the job done. Glad I called in. About 12 miles done so far, with another 15 or so to do under lights later.