Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Québec, Québec, Canada
Bikes: Fuji Touring 64cm, Peugeot Canada PB-18 61cm and winter beaters
Rear wipeouts are not necessarily recoverable either. I crashed on ice twice this winter, both times due to a rear wipeout with a non-studded tire. I ride with a pair of studded tires nearly all the time during the winter, and both crashes were when I was riding with a studded tire only on the front wheel.
After these two crashes and other rear wipeouts when riding with only a studded front tire, I am now convinced that only one studded tire is not enough. Rear wheel wipeouts may be "Somewhat recoverable" most of the time, but other times they lead to crashes.
I believe that if I had been running a pair of studded tires, the lateral sliding of the rear tire would have occured less quickly due to increased traction, and that I may well have avoided the crashes.
Of course, running a studded tire only on the rear wheel is the worst idea ever. As dangerous as rear-wheel wipeouts may be, front-wheel wipeouts are even more so.
And remember, even running a pair of studded tires won't save you from wipeouts. Also, there is such a thing as a two-wheel wipeout, where the bike starts leaning as both wheels slide laterally at the same time. Happened to me at least once - scary thing...
When riding on ice, be really careful, and always ready to land on your feet. And while a pair of good studded tires at lower pressures will give you a lot more control, they do have limits, so don't be overconfident.