...looks like we might be getting some looking at the weather on Tv just now. Apart from taking it slow and easy are there any other pointers/do's & don'ts for riding in winter conditions?
palinurus said:On my commute I stick to the roads which get a bit'o'traffic and a gritting.
Fresh snow is OK, sorta fun. It's a bummer if it freezes, then snows on top. If this happens I don't use the front brake. Ride slow and steady.
Studded tyres: I've thought about getting some junk MTB and having it set up permanently with 'em. Haven't done it yet. Or have some spare wheels ready-shod with 'em. I'd not use them much. Since I've done the same commute for so long I know where the icy bits tend to be.
ColinJ said:Riding in icy conditions? Either (1) Fit studded tyres, or (2) Don't ride!
I went out on my mountain bike one New Year's day and crashed three times on black ice in less than an hour. I fell heavily each time but got away with a lot of cuts and bruises. I could easily have broken a hip or my pelvis. Knobbly tread won't help you unless there is some snow on top of the ice to bite into.
I've learned my lesson now and do my best to avoid ice, but it is always possible to get caught out so here's one tip - at this time of year (in the UK) the sun is low in the sky and casts long shadows. It is often in the shadows that ice lurks. Steep north-facing descents with hills either side are the worst because they don't catch the sun at all. Last year I saved a couple of motorists on just such a hill. The road was in perma-shadow and was completely covered in ice. I had to walk my bike up the hill on the grass verge. To the side of the road was a huge drop to the valley floor. I saw two cars racing down the hill towards me so I started waving frantically and just managed to stop them before they hit the ice. The chav driver from the first car leapt out and was about to hit me until I pointed at the road surface and shouted ICE!!! He looked rather sheepish after that...