- To bike or not to bike
Right then, some encouragement needed.
Sheffield is covered in snow and I have a commute tomorrow that takes me from one side to the other (about 4-5 miles). Been doing it the last couple of days on a bike after seven weeks off having broken my hand and damaged a tendon.
Changed the slick commuter wheels to nobbly mud tyres, reduced the tyre pressure and changed to flat pedals. I think the bike is ready but am I?
So come on with the encouragement and stories of people doing silly commutes through the snow.Posted 8 years agoTinManMember
Did it this morning, from Bradway to the Northern Gen, excellent ride. Cars were so slow / stationary all the way and I can't see that changing tomorrow. Surprisingly grippy under the tyres as well.
Go on, you know you want to, and think how pleased you'll be once you get there.Posted 8 years agocoastkidMember
biked into work every day on often untreated but ploughed back roads through this cold snap and lovin it…Posted 8 years ago
-8 + winchill this morning..coldest yet..and a blizzard tonight!
deepest was 10-12" drifts one morning..passed dozons stuck cars..bicycle still moving!,folk at work ask did you really cycle in? i dont bother trying to explain…..
Suggsey – Member
My tip is remember tio ride on the undisturbed snow, its got a bit more grip even if there is a little more drag.
Wish I was fit enough to think of it as just a little more! Feels very odd at first but a very satisfying floaty feeling in fresh powdery snow. Be prepared to be disproportionally tired, could not believe how mentally tired I was after recent snowy icy rides though.Posted 8 years agoTi29erMember
It's great – unless there's a black ice / frozen under layer, in which case it's dangerous.Posted 8 years ago
Fresh snow is Ace.
I was doing just that in Dalby for 4 days over Xmas.
Wrap up warm, just in case you need to walk the bike more than you anticipated as your speeds will be much reduced.
Wear your over-booties!
Put warm tea in the CamelBak.
Wear your warm gloves.
Take a hat in case it's really parky out there! You can always adjust the helmet to fit around the lid.
I stuffed & carried another HH in my empty water bottle just in case.RichPennyMember
I'm riding the MTB in. Will go the long way in as it's mainly offroad apart from a road hill, which I'm hoping won't be icy. If the roads are slippy it'll be offroad on the way back too. Might invest in a buff if I can be arsed, but I'll be wearing 3/4, it's still warm here 🙂Posted 8 years agoradoggairMember
still do it on my road bike with 23mm slicks on. Its quite grippy although i could spin the rear wheel at 20mph if i stood up and gave it some. Simple things to remember.
When going round corners, stay upright as possible
Brake early for corners, and dont use to much front
Wash the bike, even with fresh water after every ride ( use a bucket or a hosepipe when arriving at work. It will clear the salt off..
My clothing attire is this.
– Warm but thin wool socks
– normal summer spd shoes
– overshoes ( make a huge differnece)
– 2 pairs lycra shorts
– set of knee warmers
– base layer
-long sleeved cycling top
– wind/water proof endura lightweight jacket
– buff ( for chin and nose )
– Nike running hat ( thin enough to wear under helmet yet with buff keeps ears toastie
– Either winter gloves or thin pair of wool gloves with summer gloves over the top
top this with lights and your fine. Main issue is gears freezing up and brakes freezing upPosted 8 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
Us southerners just ain't had it like this before.
While the "national" news has gone into overdrive because London (it's the centre of the earth and all known civilisation doncha know) is going to get snowed on, this isn't the first time The South(tm) has had heavy snow.
I remember snow in the 80s in Oxfordshire where it was deep enough to bury cars. My friends dad went out running and wondered what all the lumps in the road were – he was running over car roofs..!Posted 8 years agodmillerMember
Just be careful. My commute is un-rideable at the moment. I could make it easily enough but when I go down, and with this much ice and snow and 10 miles each way to go I will take a fall or two, I can all to easily see the car / bus / lorry behind me being unable to dodge me or even worse slipping into oncoming traffic.
There is an element of responsibility – not just for your safety but for the safety of other road users.
But then most of my commute is still under at least 2" of snow and ice and the roads are mostly just two tyre ruts in the snow.
David.Posted 8 years ago
Thanks all, down to the sorting office accross the park was a little hairy but lots of fun. By the time I got onto the main roads it wasn't to bad as long as I stayed out of the cycle lanes 🙂
Nobbly tyres and not being clipped in did wonderful things to my confidence, that and the kind words 😉Posted 8 years ago
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