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Old 02-22-18, 07:14 AM
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Ideal Snow Conditions

Some of the most enjoyable winter cycling is when there is a slick coat of ice over everything. All the automobile drivers stay indoors, so you get to play in the streets safely. You slip and slide, but it's OK, because you can always put a foot out at an angle, and be a stable tripod.

It is also fun when there are a couple of inches of snow covering the back streets with many car tire tracks. As you ride, your front wheel jumps several centimeters back and forth from one car track to another, but you've become used to that, and enjoy the weirdness of the 'track jumping.'

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Old 02-22-18, 07:17 AM
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Ice sucks. I've yet to see a work day where people decide to stay home and miss work. Snow and ruts are fine.

I like riding when its snowing. Those can be beautiful days.

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Old 02-22-18, 07:51 AM
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It's the definition of magical when there's no cars out, just you and a few fellow cyclists and pedestrians. Everyone smiles at each other.
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Old 02-22-18, 08:42 AM
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I agree on those conditions but since I use studs there's a bit more security. I like a thin layer of ice, & up to 3" of snow. hard to find these exact conditions tho








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Old 02-22-18, 08:44 AM
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Snow and ice are challenging so I make it a point to go out to practice in them.

I think there is a consensus that it's the cars still being on the road that ruins the fun.
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Originally Posted by BikeAlmanac View Post
Some of the most enjoyable winter cycling is when there is a slick coat of ice over everything. All the automobile drivers stay indoors, so you get to play in the streets safely. You slip and slide, but it's OK, because you can always put a foot out at an angle, and be a stable tripod.

It is also fun when there are a couple of inches of snow covering the back streets with many car tire tracks. As you ride, your front wheel jumps several centimeters back and forth from one car track to another, but you've become used to that, and enjoy the weirdness of the 'track jumping.'

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it's the cars still being on the road that ruins the fun
totally
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Originally Posted by BikeAlmanac View Post
Some of the most enjoyable winter cycling is when there is a slick coat of ice over everything. All the automobile drivers stay indoors, so you get to play in the streets safely. You slip and slide, but it's OK, because you can always put a foot out at an angle, and be a stable tripod.

It is also fun when there are a couple of inches of snow covering the back streets with many car tire tracks. As you ride, your front wheel jumps several centimeters back and forth from one car track to another, but you've become used to that, and enjoy the weirdness of the 'track jumping.'

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I agree on those conditions but since I use studs there's a bit more security. I like a thin layer of ice, & up to 3" of snow. hard to find these exact conditions tho
On one of my worst commuting days in decades, the roads were so slick, that cars couldn’t make it up one of my hills, yet I could with my studded tires.
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On one of the worst winter days I have ridden by bike on studded tires, I was able to stop three different times, to push hapless drivers spinning their wheels on icy roads to get onto less slippery patches.
On the other hand, I have previously posted,
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Generally I get kudos or just indifference towards my cycling, mostly as a year-round commuter here in Metro Boston, even after my serious accident four years ago. The most hostile remarks, particularly in Winter, are from those drivers who fear for themselves to hit me.
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When winter cycling I particularly emphazise wearing a rearview mirror because of that added danger of cars skidding, both behind and oncoming, and usually on narrowed roadways.

… When I do ride in nasty weather though my wife does chide me, "You just want to ride today so you can write about it on BikeForums."



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You slip and slide, but it's OK, because you can always put a foot out at an angle, and be a stable tripod.
I’m a tripod!
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Ideal snow conditions are 84° F and slightly humid.


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Ideal snow conditions are 84° F and slightly humid


it's coming ...

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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post


it's coming ...

Whoa! Indecent photo has been reported sir!! Let's just stick with your perfected winter machine!

On the topic of summer though, I find very early morning or very late night mid-summer rides (between 11pm to 5am) to be as magical as those snowy carless days. I always try to get one or two rides in then.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post


it's coming ...

It's here. Y'all come down.



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[QUOTE=TimothyH;20185613]It's here. Y'all come downQUOTE]

tempting!
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Originally Posted by BikeAlmanac View Post
Some of the most enjoyable winter cycling is when there is a slick coat of ice over everything. All the automobile drivers stay indoors, so you get to play in the streets safely. You slip and slide, but it's OK, because you can always put a foot out at an angle, and be a stable tripod.

It is also fun when there are a couple of inches of snow covering the back streets with many car tire tracks. As you ride, your front wheel jumps several centimeters back and forth from one car track to another, but you've become used to that, and enjoy the weirdness of the 'track jumping.'

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Nah. The best snow condition is no snow at all...or ice. I've ridden in snow. It's harrowing, at best.

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Solid ice for the studs or up to 3" snow for the Conti TCWs. The studs are terrible in the snow and vice versa...unfortunately ideal conditions have not occurred this year yet. The lovely wintery mix we've been getting on/off now for the past couple of months has occurred so infrequently it's not been worth changing tires out day after day on the ss. Has been a rather disappointing season with respect to snow/ice commuting. OTOH, I've been on my carbon road bike quite often.

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Nah. The best snow condition is no snow at all...or ice. I've ridden in snow. It's harrowing, at best.
You just need the right tires for the job. The aforementioned Contis have otherwordly grip in the snow.
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