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How to not fall on ice

Old 01-27-19, 04:45 PM
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How to not fall on ice

walk like a penguin



You can minimize your risk of falling on the ice. The Penguin walk helps remind us how to walk on ice.
  • Keep your weight forward and on your front foot
  • Keep your arms out by your side to help you balance
  • Walk flat footed and take short shuffling steps
  • Wear footwear that provides traction
  • Step down, not out from curbs
  • Keeps your knees slightly bent
  • Walk on snow or grass if possible
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Old 01-27-19, 06:36 PM
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How about posting something that's relevant to this forum. Such as how to ride a bike on ice without falling.
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Old 01-27-19, 06:49 PM
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On occasion, one must walk a bike...or other wheeled device.
I wish I'd been more careful last Wednesday.
Maybe this advice would've let me avoid a couple cracked ribs.
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Old 01-27-19, 07:33 PM
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How not to fall on ice: wear studded tires.
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Why do I hear Burgess Meredith's voice when I read this? Because I'm of a certain age, and I grew up with TV as a babysitter.
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Old 01-27-19, 09:22 PM
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Studded tires or gripstuds in your boots! Alternatively drilling a pilot hole through the lugs and running framing screws from the inside out and isolating it from a tube using another tube split lengthwise works wonders.
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Word to the wise: do not wear SPD-SLs in snow and ice!
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Old 01-28-19, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by wipekitty View Post
Word to the wise: do not wear SPD-SLs in snow and ice!
I've ridden with road shoes and studded tires on ice. As long as you don't plan to walk in them you're okay.
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Old 01-28-19, 02:39 PM
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Doesn’t everyone who has walked on ice know this? Is this for newbs or something?
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And wear studded shoes too.. you do have to stop at intersections , you know ..

I bought some after falling on black ice at the crest of the coast range rest area parking lot on US 26 which is @ 1600'..
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Originally Posted by rseeker View Post
Why do I hear Burgess Meredith's voice when I read this? Because I'm of a certain age, and I grew up with TV as a babysitter.
Well, I didn't until you posted this and now it won't stop....
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Single track in the snow

After cracked ribs my new motto is Ice under snow don't go. Fresh snow was to tempting. The previous melt and re-freeze under it was extremely slick. I'm going to sick to the trainer more next winter.
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Old 04-25-19, 10:17 PM
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Last fall I was explaining to students the concept of the center of mass/gravity. A student challenged me "Why should I care where the center is?". My response was "Even though you might not care, your body does without you knowing!" Discussion ensued and he became a convert.
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You know, it’s not only in winter. And it doesn’t always come down to winter stuff.

E.g. this early spring I saw no danger: no snow, no ice, cool but sunny ... until I was crossing a railway. A thin, invisibile layer of ice got me down. Again: I saw now danger, so spikes or any other defensive measures never came to my mind when I left my home.

In example above, just being aware of potential danger would’ve been enough. By crossing the railway with caution (walking).
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It helps to walk on balls of feet instead of the heel, IME.

Also don't do this!!


Do this:


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Old 04-27-19, 05:40 PM
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I heard a story on NPR about a town in the north woods, and one thing they described was how people walk with a certain "shuffle" during the winter. Because, if you fall on the ice, and nobody comes to rescue you, chances are you'll die. I actually slide along, with my weight forward as in the picture.
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Old 04-27-19, 10:37 PM
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I remember slipping this spring. It was a surprise fall; before I knew it I was down. Was holding my handlebar, fell sideways – thus without using my hands, elbow, or whatever to brake the fall. Again: it was a surprise fall. Looking back, that may have been a good thing. Because the end of my handlebar (and rack on the back) showed damage, indicating the shock was mostly absorped by my bike. My bike protected me! Got away with minor bruises and a few scratches. Thank G too for the helmet I wore.
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