Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Gouverneur NY
Bikes: 2003 BIANCHI VIGORELLI, 2002 TREK 520, Schwinn Mesa WINTER BIKE
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I haven't ridden in one lately, but I have a story.
I think it was about 3 years ago. It was December, but it had been dry, so the roads were perfectly dry, and we had very little snow on the ground. The temps were in the upper 30s, and I rolled out my Trek 520 road bike. I was about 15 miles into it and it started to drizzle. I was about 7 or 8 miles away from home so I figured I'd be ok, and I was dressed pretty well for it.
As I was standing to climb up a small rise, I felt the rear end getting squirrely on me, but again, I was on my way home and didn't pay it much mind. As I was coming into a small town I had to ride down a small hill, I hit the brakes a little and just toppled over. I was OK, but the bike slid down the road for 40 feet or so. The road was covered with a solid sheet of ice at that point. A 4 wheel drive truck was trying to get out of his driveway down the road, and couldn't move an inch. Everything was dead stopped. All you could hear were sirens all over the place.
I couldn't even walk on the road. I had to push my bike the last 6 miles home by the side of the road, and even the footing there was difficult. A cop came by when I was a mile or so from my house and asked if I was Ok. I said sure, and he looked at me kind of funny. I didn't realize till I got home that my hair was a solid block of ice. He said something about how they had over 100 calls in 5 minutes when the storm started, and to be sure and watch out for any traffic that might come up behind me.
Actually, If I remember correctly, I got to ride the last 1 mile or so home. By then the plows had come out and were just dumping tons of sand on the roads. So the worst of the storm only lasted a half hour or so. But it was something to see.