Dances With Cars
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Toronto, Canada
Bikes: TBL Onyx Pro(ss converted), Pake SS (starting to look kinda pimped)
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If it's a combination of freezing rain and snow.
You can let a little air out ....this will allow more 'footprint' to contact the road surface.
Go waaaaay easy on the brakes, very light on the fronts if at all. Give yourself loads of stopping room and an escape vector whenever possible. (even if it's a crash route)...I'd rather go into the ditch than pile into the back of a car.
Now when the ice is down you NEVER EVER want to come off the seat causing your back wheel to spin and you to plant. Unless you can ride out a back spin then it can be kinda fun. With some snow over top that gives you a surface your tire treads can grab onto if even a bit. Down that steep hill, you might want to try and control the speed on the way down, I've gone down hills dragging my back tire in a full lock up and staying up by having a foot on the ground, depends on the amount of ice. If you are riding up to an ice patch, relax, don't go all stiff or your back muscles will hate you from the stress. Go straight across it, if you are totally worried about it coast across with one foot down ready for planting. Every weather can be ridden through, if your prepared and calm.
When it's been really snowy I will sometime follow in the tire tread of the car that has gone before me.