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Best technique for riding down an icy hill without studded tires?

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Old 01-17-18, 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Obeast View Post
studded tires really donīt help with mushy snow right? only on icy road? How much traction does one get on icy hills (going down) with studded tires on a 1990s 8 speed 26 mtb with panniers and a fat rider? I crashed twice already going down hill due to the road being too slippery but I canīt get around it because my place is on top of a hill.
get the right tire for the job

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is this doable?
Best techniques walk bike down the hill save on medical bills and fixing your bike
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Old 01-17-18, 09:34 AM
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is this doable?
can you ride down on the shoulder which might be bumpy & snowy, but not icy?
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Ignore the naysayers -- go as fast as possible and no hands! Touch your brakes and you lose.
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Originally Posted by Obeast View Post
is this doable?
Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Not at all advisable.

If you are regularly riding in ice, ditch the road shoes, they aren't doing you any good anyhow. Flats and regular winter appropriate boots, or SPD with winter riding shoes.
Can be done, but I don't know if i'd want to be doing it every day in a 'I have to get there' mode.

Snowy / Icy conditions, wear 'regular' winter boots, with BMX-style flat pedals, and drop the saddle so that you can use your feet as 'Flintstone' style outriggers.

If I was going to be riding in the snow / ice on the regular, i'd look in to a fatbike, or at least an MTB with the biggest tires I can fit.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
can you ride down on the shoulder which might be bumpy & snowy, but not icy?
This is a good idea. ^^^^^
Maybe even walk through a yard or a path somewhere else.
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Imagine yourself on this icy hill on 2 instead of 4 wheels. Cheers.

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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
can you ride down on the shoulder which might be bumpy & snowy, but not icy?
This.

I had a bike path that had a drainage problem and regularly got coated in ice when the rest of the ride was dry. Go off to the side and take the grass/gravel if you can.

Otherwise, studded tires help some, but if there's enough snow or slush on top, you'll still slip a bit, just not as severely as ice and no studs. Take it really, really slow.
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Originally Posted by alias5000 View Post
Imagine yourself on this icy hill on 2 instead of 4 wheels. Cheers.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HfDZixZFzms
Has anyone noticed?

1) "First" of the season. Even in cold climates, people forget how to drive when the first snow falls.

2) Everybody in the collision has locked their wheels. The only car that avoided the collision and survived was the taxi who kept his wheels turning.

Actually, I think you may come out better on two wheels. When you do fall, between you and your bike, there will be a lot more surface contact that you will not slide a long distance. This will give you time to run or crawl out of the way before the next car comes.

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Depends on whether you are wearing cleated shoes or not . . .
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Depends on many things. Do you have to stop or slow down at the bottom of the hill? Is it at all curvy, or can you just go straight down? how long and steep is it? What kind of ice?

Oh, and it depends on your skillz, too.
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Just noticed this thread. There's a hill at the end of my street that's often solid ice in the mornings during February. I can negotiate it with my studded tires, but I realize that the cars can't stop, and their strategy is to hope for the best and stop when they hit the small portion of salted road at the bottom. So I hop over to the sidewalk, which is also solid ice, but no cars.
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Best technique for riding down an icy hill without studded tires?
Lean bike against nearest tree. Walk home. Return to bike after spring thaw. Then ride down the hill.

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Lean bike against nearest tree. Walk home. Return to bike after spring thaw. Then ride down the hill.

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Be sure to wear cleats.

Once when I cycled to work after a night of ice rain, a coworker asked if I found it slippery. I said "Only when I get off the bike."

After that day, I carried cleats.

Advice to the OP: Get studded tires or Grip Studs, or Slipnot bike tire chains. Your risking a fall isn't worth not spending the money and worrying about it.

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Old 04-14-18, 08:05 AM
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Lower the seat enough so you can slide both boots on the ice, tripod style. Gentle rear braking is OK. You can go a bit sideways to control speed. Did this all the time when I was 13. Nowadays, the studs go on in December, off in March, which is a good deal easier.
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how do you manage this when thereīs like zero traction to begin with? Unless you have spikes in your shoes or some type of crampons.

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Lower the seat enough so you can slide both boots on the ice, tripod style. Gentle rear braking is OK. You can go a bit sideways to control speed. Did this all the time when I was 13. Nowadays, the studs go on in December, off in March, which is a good deal easier.
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I would point that sucker straight ahead, not use brakes (they will make you slide) and pray to make it to bottom. Now, if I had a choice with hill, get off bike and walk it.
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how do you manage this when thereīs like zero traction to begin with? Unless you have spikes in your shoes or some type of crampons.
Obviously won't work in zero traction. Given some snow or other source of surface roughness it can work, or at least did when I was thirteen. Winter boots with sharp tread can gig in pretty well at -10 or so. Black ice is pretty hopeless, though.
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