I would think I would ride in the snow a lot here in WI but it hardly ever happens. When it does, I find myself ill-prepared for the concentration required. What I want to know, is if there are any techniques or skills I can practice to make the snow riding easier.
Conditions in question:
1. Temps ~ 20F, mostly packed snow, but melting in areas where salted...somewhat slushy with a bit of snow gunk between tire tracks. No warning drop down from packed to slushy areas and frequent slips of the front wheel.
3. Refrozen Slush
I find 3 almost impossible, 2 is a workout but I make progress and 1 is a constant effort to stay upright. I'm riding 2" nasbar studs on my rigid mtn bike, but I still feel like I'm on the verge of falling with condition 1. Is this "normal" or are there things I can do to improve?
That said, I rode to work this morning with conditions 1 and I'm still grinning. Snow riding is a blast!