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Thread: Tips for Riding in Snow/Adverse Conditions

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    Default Tips for Riding in Snow/Adverse Conditions

    I'm putting together a piece for winter riding, with a focus on how to ride when it's snowing or when there is snow or ice on the ground.

    I'd welcome any suggestions you have for your favorite tips. Like:

    -If you are riding through slick areas, try to apply pressure to the pedals evenly. Don't mash the pedals up and down or else the rear wheel can spin out.

    -If you see a short slick patch ahead, enter it with your front wheel pointing straight and don't turn while you're in the slick patch to keep from losing your balance

    -Wider tires, or tires with studs in the can provide more traction on slick or loose surfaces

    -If it's really icy, sometimes the best course of action is to get off and walk your bike.


    Anyone got anything to suggest?
    Last edited by Tim Kelley; 10-10-2014 at 10:28 AM.

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    Tread is sometimes more important that tire width. I've found that, in wet conditions, tires with any kind of knobby tread are far less sticky than road tires. I've lost the front end in wet corners far more frequently on cx tires than on thinner road tires.
    I also think studs in the wet are about the least grippy tire you can run.

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    Wider tires yes, and on snow, run em at as low a pressure as you dare.

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    I find fresh snow easier to ride in than the rutted icy sections. Choosing your line is much more important in snow.

    Flintstoning works for short stretches

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    Studs work on ice, not any slick surface. They are no help at all on loose surfaces.

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    Use the rear brake more than the front brake, and keep weight back more than you usually would.

    Also:
    http://www.icebike.org/Articles/techniques.htm
    http://practicalpedal.com/winter2008/feature2.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    So, don't ride in the morning?
    Got it. Thanks.

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    Capital bikeshare bikes have nice wide tires. Also, multi-modal transport.

    I used bikeshare bikes a lot after last winter's multiple snows, and several times would use bus, metro and bikeshare to come into town, then bikeshare to get all or part of the way home, depending on conditions. (This also eliminated the need for constant chain and drive train cleaning for my own bike. Hiking boots and bikeshare 's flat pedals for the win too.)
    Last edited by Arlingtonrider; 10-10-2014 at 02:01 PM.

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    Personally I like riding through rutted snow in a tall gear (and with studded tires). I imagine this is similar to why it is recommended to use a big gear for cobbles -- easier to keep pressure even and on back wheel when not spinning at high cadence.

    And I'm not sure I would exactly call this "good advice", but I find that going fast / with confidence also means less turns of the wheel, which are always disastrous on ice. Of course playing chicken with the snow/ice like that can be a little terrifying. I would say, though, that riding with consistency and confidence -- and not making any sudden braking or steering changes -- is really the most important thing.

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    Memorize the bus schedule...

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