1) The farmer blow
2) Riding over a patch of ice
In my experience, one simply cannot ride effectively in the winter until these skills are mastered. If I even LOOK at my bike in the winter, my nose becomes a raging torrent. And, the super slick frozen puddle or man hole cover is another formidable challenge. So, for anyone how is interested, here is how I do them.
a) Look to see if anyone is watching
b) Blow the left nostril over the left shoulder and right over the right
c) Cover the non-blowing nostril (use the same hand as the nostril being covered ie covering rt nostril, use rt hand)
d) simultaneously sharply expel air through the unvoered nostril while flipping your head up and back so the resulting rockets flies back over your shoulder.
e) If so inclined, and if you have the bike handling skills, admire the arcs, parabelas, and distances of the resulting product.
f) If someone WAS watching, pop a wheelie and shout something existential.
Riding over ice
a) what ever you do, DON"T turn on ice
b) stop pedaling
c) glide over the ice holding as still as possible
d) Think centered thoughts
e) If you DO have to turn, don't use your handlebars, turn by leanign your bike
f) try not to brake, but if you do, only use the rear brake. Front brake on the ice, you're going down, baby.
Anyone else have some fundamental winter biking skills to share?
ps. what to say to auto driving colleagues as you leave the office during a winter storm, "Be careful out there, cager, those things are dangerous! Hey, where's your helmet?"