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Old 11-14-05, 09:29 AM
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Black ice > me

Took my first spill of the season this morning.
All the warning signs were there too.

I left my house and thought "Dang, its cold."

I looked at the windows of the cars on the street, and they were quite frosty..

Then I somehow forgot about all that, and tried to cook through 270* of roundabout like I normally do.
That didn't work out too well.
I did the classic, 'lose it, regain, lose it, go flying' move.

Just a scraped up knee and some shredded bar tape though.
Thankfully no one saw it.
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Yah, black ice is teh suk. I dread the first chinook - it's going to melt and freeze at least a couple of times, leaving glassy pools of overly-slick pavement at every intersection...
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Originally Posted by lyledriver
Took my first spill of the season this morning.
All the warning signs were there too.

I left my house and thought "Dang, its cold."

I looked at the windows of the cars on the street, and they were quite frosty..

Then I somehow forgot about all that, and tried to cook through 270* of roundabout like I normally do.
That didn't work out too well.
I did the classic, 'lose it, regain, lose it, go flying' move.

Just a scraped up knee and some shredded bar tape though.
Thankfully no one saw it.

I have my studded schwalbes ready to go at the first hint of freezing temps. Fell twice on ice last year, hopefully this one will be better.
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Old 11-14-05, 05:03 PM
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Glad you and your bike are ok.

Damn, i dread winter.
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I dont think i could ride to work in winter. Brutal.

Im not worthy, ill leave this drawer now
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I took a hard spill on ice in Italy a couple years ago. I think I must have chipped my hip bone because it still hurts if I push on the spot. I was going from the road onto a dirt road admiring the beautiful snow covered Dolomites when I smashed into the ground.

Schwalbe Spiker Ice on sale at Nashbar, but they might be overkill if you ride mostly on pavement. Innova, Kenda, and Nokian have some lower stud count, easier rolling ones. I ordered some of the Schwalbes because I plan to ride trails mostly.

Good on ya for riding in the cold. Keep with it!! It's been cold and not very snowy in Anchorage so far this year. They are predicting some snowfall this week so it might be time to bust out the XC skis.
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Ice < Studded Tires
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Originally Posted by daveIT
I think I must have chipped my hip bone because it still hurts if I push on the spot.
It might just be a "hip pointer" which is when you land on the point of your hip and get a bruise which lasts for a lonnnng time.
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Today I drove in because I'm feeling a little stiff and jarred.
Looks like I bruised my shoulder as well as my knee.
I'll be riding again tomorrow though... Possibly a little more carefully.

I've been thinking about studded CX tires, but I'm not sure they're really warranted for the (minimal) amount of snow we see.

Its funny though, I never think of Vancouver as freezing, but I guess thats what I get for leaving my house before 6:00am
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