I really want to keep up my commute this winter but I live on rural roads with some pretty decent hills and I took a summertime fall that taught me and my knee not to want to fall again. So how can I gauge whether or not there is black ice? We had snow this week and then it got super cold and in my area they don't use salt since we're a watershed. I tend to ride at night. And, well, of course "night" starts around 4 p.m. in these parts right now. I'm frustrated with my sense of fear on this! But going 20 or so downhill how could you POSSIBLY know?
I'm going to switch to my mtb for sure. But I don't have special tires. I've been fine riding in the cold (20 F with a good wind) but that has been on dry roads and now it's the ice that's got me freaked and off the bike