Old 11-06-19, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Tundra_Man View Post
Consecutive bicycle work commute number 837:

Ice. Lots and lots of ice. A thin layer completely covered the ground making the roads treacherous. For some reason the city didn't put down pre-treatment (even on the main roads) so traffic was pretty gridlocked as cars struggled to get up hills.

I probably should have ridden the winter bike with studded tires, but I have been lax in getting it ready for the season so it is still in storage. I dropped tire pressure on my new fat bike and rode slowly. Went around one corner and lost traction, but managed to keep the bike upright. I was only going about 5 mph anyway, so it wouldn't have been a spectacular crash.

The MUP was in worse shape than the streets as far as ice. I went super slow as there's a lot of curves. On one hairpin (where I've gone down in past winters) I decided to just hit the ditch and ride through the weeds rather than risk the icy pavement. That's one benefit to a fat bike.

Temp was 26F and there was a 15 mph headwind. Between that and the ice it took me a full 1/2 hour to ride the 4 miles to work.

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