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First wipeout of the season [Video]

Old 11-29-18, 12:32 PM
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First wipeout of the season [Video]


It was a couple of weeks ago. The weather was still nice-ish and I didn't expect to find any ice or snow. But there was this ONE back road that had an icy patch, and it caught me by surprise. Yesterday I installed my winter tires. It is the first time I try studded tires. Let's hope this is the last wipeout of the season
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Old 11-29-18, 01:32 PM
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Yeap. It happens. I will be puting my studded tires on this weekend.... but its suppose to hit +10C so who knows
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Old 11-29-18, 02:15 PM
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I wouldn't ride under those road conditions without studs on my tires. I'd rather suffer for the bulk of my commute without the studs than that one fall without.
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Old 11-30-18, 01:05 AM
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The first fall of the winter is the best one I only used my studded tires 2 times last year and this winter looks like it might be the same since we've only had rain in the valley.
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Old 11-30-18, 06:36 AM
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Kudos for not using curse words, I couldn't have passed that test without letting fly a few choice %&*&^*^
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Old 11-30-18, 07:23 AM
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That fall hurt just to watch. You have studs now, yes? With studs you'll fly right through the icy patches.
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Old 11-30-18, 02:06 PM
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well done. pretty hard not to put your hands out, right?

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Old 11-30-18, 03:47 PM
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First icy commute of the season was yesterday. No ruts, so I just coasted over it. Studded tires are mounted on a spare wheelset, ready to go in the event serious icy conditions occur.
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It's too difficult to tell what the condition of the road is like once you're out of your street, especially if you ride on MUPs, trails, side roads, etc. There's too much variability, especially in conditions such as the OP's, and with temperature around freezing. It's an awful feeling when you're part way there and realize that conditions are much worse out there, and you've got slicks on.
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It probably won't be your last spill. Studs definately decrease your risk but you might take a turn somewhere too quickly and with too much confidence or you might accidentally hit an ice bank of 45degrees.

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Old 12-02-18, 04:44 AM
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Falling LEFT - RIGHT: 1–0 and counting ... ;-)
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Studs keep you upright. Worth every penny. And last years.
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My stomach dropped the moment I saw the bars twitch!
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
well done. pretty hard not to put your hands out, right?

I only had one ice fall where it came out of nowhere. Normally when I know a fall is coming I put only one arm out and let the thigh take the hit. I don't know if that is planned but just realized that is how I fall.
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Originally Posted by BikingTech View Post
I only had one ice fall where it came out of nowhere. Normally when I know a fall is coming I put only one arm out and let the thigh take the hit. I don't know if that is planned but just realized that is how I fall.
I had 2 slow speed falls this past autumn (off-road) onto dirt. it was interesting to analyze what happened, why & how I made contact with the ground. my Wife had a fall at the beginning of the summer, which broke her wrist & she recently had surgery on the same hand & the carpal tunnel damage may have been related but not definitively, so this year, I have a heightened interest in bike falls ...
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Old 12-03-18, 08:29 AM
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Falling LEFT - RIGHT: 10 and counting ... ;-)
haha good for you, I forgot about that, mentioned in some previous "fall" thread!
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Old 12-03-18, 08:36 AM
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not to hijack, but, reminds me of my 1st winter commuting season. I swore to a colleague at work that despite all the gearing up I was doing to bike commute, I was NOT going to buy studded tires. that just seemed too outrageously extreme to me. then one morning, I managed to get out of my condo complex, onto the roadway which begins with a decent down hill section. out of nowhere I felt the slightest indication of invisible ice & realized what I just rode over. that weird sensation in the pit of your stomach that you don't have traction. I stayed upright. decided immediately to stop where I could, & turn around, so I could drive in. as I got back to my walkway, as I was getting off the bike, as my foot hit the ground it slid but I stayed upright, but got an exception groin stretch. ordered studded tires without any hesitation. surprised I got as far as I did before realizing the potential peril awaiting me. I could have slid under a passing car, etc
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Old 12-03-18, 10:50 AM
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You got up quick! I usually lie there and meditate for a bit. I'll probably put my studs on in a couple more weeks, we have had a bit of early snow here, so far I have taken my chances.
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