Think I'll slow down a bit

neslon

Well-Known Member
Location
The Toon
The thing about black ice is that you can't see it. Still, it was pitch black (0700 this am), and was probably going too quickly for the roundabout given that there was frost & ice (it was above 0 when I left the house). I turned left, the bike didn't & in a second I'd lost it. Luckily (absolutely true) the bus we both slid under had come to a standstill.

No injuries other than gravel rash on left elbow & mammoth bruise on left calf. Bike OK, GoreWear jacket torn apart :eek: .

Seriously folks, take care when its icy, you never can tell when you are going to lose it, & when you do, its unstoppable.
 
I slid on black oil.:eek:
 

Maz

Legendary Member
uf. that was a close one neslon. Very scary.
I sometimes wonder if the accident would be worse if you ride clipless, like I do, feet not unclipping in time etc.
 

CarnageAX

New Member
Location
Lancashire, UK
Maz said:
uf. that was a close one neslon. Very scary.
I sometimes wonder if the accident would be worse if you ride clipless, like I do, feet not unclipping in time etc.
I thought this was a problem too but when I fell off (duh) my feet came free and I was able to get one down to save my knees; call it a knee-jerk reaction!

Clipless forever...
 

John the Monkey

Frivolous Cyclist
Location
Crewe
Bloody hell - glad you were (more or less) ok.

Had a bit of a skid myself today, but escaped with a minor top tube/crotch meeting rather than a full on fall.
 

Tynan

Veteran
Location
e4
both?

no brainer to be very very careful on anything other than straight ahead when there's ice

hard luck if your first inkling is on a roundabout though, nut you've said the obvious
 

Keith Oates

Janner
Location
Penarth, Wales
Black ice is probably the most difficult road condition to experience as it's almost impossible to see in advance. Glad things turned out not to bad Nelson, but it shows all of us that in the winter care is needed!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Tynan

Veteran
Location
e4
everyone learns there's ice the hard way but once you do know it's about it is predicatable, funny how the brain switches into spot the bloody ice mode
 

goo_mason

Champion barbed-wire hurdler
Location
Leith, Edinburgh
I think my 5-falls-in-one-icy-journey in December taught me a lesson - it was worse today and yet I managed the 20-mile round trip without mishap.

Yes, it was 15 minutes slower than my usual time, but ultra-cautious is the name of the game (as is getting off and walking down the grass verge on ice-covered sloping paths, since I found out last time that no matter how you inch down these astride the bike with one foot on the ground, you can still fall off and snap off your mudguard and rear-light bracket ;)

Hope everyone else made it home in one piece. Hope you feel less sore & bruised soon, Neslon.
 

thewrinklyninja

Active Member
I did similar this morning, but with my car. Following the road. Turned the steering wheel, car kept going forwards until it met a lamp post. Car is now written off. My winter just keeps getting better and better
 
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