Damn ice!

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Curlybars1972, 16 Feb 2018.

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  1. Curlybars1972

    Curlybars1972 Active Member

    Location:
    South Wales
    I enjoy my commute to work, it's around a 21 mile round trip, over the Welsh Heads of the Valleys. However, due to the exposed terrain, ice is a a real problem and last week i came off my bike 4 times.

    If its icy, I now tend to sadly use the car. Has anyone else had similar issues?
     
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  2. Supersuperleeds

    Supersuperleeds Guru

    Location:
    Leicester
    Invest in studded tyres. They are the dogs dangly bits when it comes to ice.
     
  3. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    My commute is either 1.7 or 3.25 miles and i don't do either on the bike if it's likely to be icy i don't mind the frost when its been dry , it's not worth the risk

    How long do they last before the studs come out on tarmac use ?
     
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  4. Heigue'r

    Heigue'r Über Member

    Location:
    Upminster
    Ive avoided the bike since dec 15th.There was one week in january when I did commute but the other weeks have not been worth the risk.49 mile round trip.Im hoping to start back fulltime commuting from monday.
     
  5. flake99please

    flake99please Make mine a '99'

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    I had an off this morning and was barely 100 metres from my house. Suffice to say the remaining 7 miles were done at a much slower rate.
     
  6. hoopdriver

    hoopdriver Veteran

    Location:
    East Sussex
    I took a heavy fall a few years ago on a patch of invisible ice at a roundabout and injured my shoulder in a nasty sort of way - it’s still not right even after all this time. It happened so swiftly and unexpectedly. Put the wind up me in terms of winter cycling - although I used to love going out in frosty mornings, I no longer do. It is just too risky. The same day I wiped out a friend of mine also wiped out on a frosty roundabout while riding near London - ended up in surgery and getting seven pins in his hip.

    Now on frosty mornings I just head to the gym for a hard slog on the cross trainer...
     
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  7. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti
    As Mr Leeds said, get studded tyres.
    Luckily here the the Garden of England and London, ice is rarely a problem.
     
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    Curlybars1972

    Curlybars1972 Active Member

    Location:
    South Wales
    I'm glad im with like minded peopleplol
     
  9. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Not lost any in two winters on one set here so my answer has to be "I'll let you know"!

    I think it's important to follow Schwalbe's instructions and not make any sharp moves in the first 25 miles, to bed the studs in.
     
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  10. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire

    mmm might be worth getting a set for the winter mtb
     
  11. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Just be ready for the awful ride... which is still better than sliding off IMO.
     
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  12. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Poshamptonshire.
    My commute used to be almost entirely rural. However, about 2 miles from here is Hanslope Park, home of the real life Q branch, and the Government keep the roads uber gritted so their eggheads can get to work. When it snowed they even paid a local farmer to do snowplough duty.

    As a consequence it could be ten below zero, but the roads for most of the route were pretty safe, albeit hideously dirty.

    Hope you didn't hurt yourself of the bike coming off like that.
     
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  13. Bodhbh

    Bodhbh Veteran

    Ive had some Marathon Winters going for 6 winters now. I put them on a spare bike around December and leave them on till Easter, and use it when there's any risk of ice - which is generally below 3-4C. Obviously, in the UK this means they're used mostly on bare tarmac. I've lost a handful of studs, but loads of life left on the existing ones and the tread is still fine - I'm sure they're good for another 6years with the current usage.

    Schwalbe used to send out free bags of spare studs if you emailed customer service and asked. Not sure if they still do this. I've only bothered to refresh the tyres once anyhow and that was only 3-4 studs.
     
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  14. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    deffo
     
  15. Welsh wheels

    Welsh wheels Lycra king

    Location:
    South Wales
    4 times in a week? Yep, definitely use the car for commuting! You might have got away lightly last week, but don't risk it in the future. If you have the option to use the car, do.
     
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