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That horrible feeling

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Tetedelacourse, 3 Dec 2007.

  1. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    ...when you slide and have no control of direction and speed.

    Hit my first patch of ice for the winter this morning, on the wee path that breaks off the main pavement at the South side of the Forth Road Bridge, just before the petrol station.

    Didn't spot it at all. Wasn't going more than about 10kph but turned my wheel and carried on in straight line, as rear wheel slid sideways for a metre or two. Managed to stay upright but totally lost any faith in tyres for rest of ride in, horrible feeling!
     
  2. Maz

    Maz Guru

    I hate that feeling. You end up riding much slower for the rest of the day, just in case you hit another ice patch.

    What tyres do you have? Would wider ones have helped?
     
  3. OP
    OP
    Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    700 x 23 but I wont be changing them. Just try to be more careful / suspicious for the cold days.
     
  4. Wolf04

    Wolf04 New Member

    Location:
    Wallsend on Tyne
    Didn't slide, but heard that telltale crackle of going over thin ice just after setting out and was very catious for the rest of the commute:blush:
     
  5. Ranger

    Ranger New Member

    Location:
    Fife borders
    Looking at the sparkly edges of the road and feeling the temperature drop as I descended into a hollow was a bit scary, hmm and its just December!
     
  6. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Damp and rainy in Manchester - sky cleared overnight, for the rain to return. Not that cold !
     
  7. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    Haven't seen any good ice here yet, but when it comes it can be a nightmare. I'm usually okay (touching wood!), but the number of cyclists I see come off in Cambridge when its been frosty/snowy is quite amazing.
     
  8. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Location:
    Guildford / London
    The weather has already taken its toll on a number of cyclists at the uni here. Coming in the main entrance there is a shallow slope down to a mini-RAB, where most cyclists want to turn right and head into the middle of campus.

    I have seen three crashes this year already as cyclists blithely try and cut the corner in the wet and have their bikes dissappear from underneath them on the large painted circle! Its scary watching people zoom down the road, wondering if they will

    a) Ride over the painted circle
    :biggrin: Cross to the wrong side of the road for 10m then make a very shallow angle up the dropped curb (kerb???) onto the tiny shared path before veering wildly back off it, and over the road again on the other side
    c) Be in the straight on lane, and then cut in across you because they are going for a wider line, and not paying attention.

    Madness I tells ye.

    Ice tends to cause trouble for the students round here along the shared paths to Tesco, and to another part of the town where a lot of students live.
     
  9. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    better on a bike than car or scooter, the experience of a ton plus of car sliding gently down a shallow hill with parked cars on both sides is one I'm not keen on repeating
     
  10. Dont think i'd ride 700x23 in ice.I don't particularly like falling off.
     
  11. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Been to Parkers Piece lately?!!
     
  12. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    26 x 2 tyres didn't help me. You hit ice anything other than dead straight with no turning or power applied you might be ok. At all other times you'll be off especially on smooth tarmac, tyres won't help.
     
  13. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    Yeah, but they wouldn't let me cycle on the ice rink :biggrin:
     
  14. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    I once found out that my work colleagues were running a little book on how many times I'd come off every morning in winter.
     
  15. Wolf04

    Wolf04 New Member

    Location:
    Wallsend on Tyne
    I used to have a set of Nokian studded tyres which were superb, after an incident sliding 20 yards on my back after hitting wet ice. I fitted them and it bacame the warmest winter for years and I never saw ice again. Unfortunately I upgraded the bike that spring and they didn't fit the new one.
    Pete