Join Date: May 2012
Location: Springfield, IL
Be extra, extra careful when it is a thin layer of snow over ice. That's what caused my one ice wipeout this year. I was riding on studded tires, but apparently there was just enough snow thickness to prevent the studs from getting to the underlying ice. The slip plane was actually the snow shoving laterally off the ice. I went down fairly hard into a wooden bridge railing, point of impact being along my right shoulderblade. It hurt pretty bad, but I completed the commute. I was actually relieved when I took off my wool shirt and saw a big foot-long swath of blood - which meant the pain was due to skin tearing and not something serious. That was a week ago, and it looks like I might pick up a cool scar from it. As wipeouts go, I would take that one over hurting a joint or straining a muscle.
Be safe out there, and be extra wary of snow over ice, it's a bad combination.