Snowy ride


The commute today was very steady, slow and steady to stay upright, it is now cold enough for all the snow to have frozen, so on a snowy frozen day which way should I go to work?

  1. The clear gritted road way?
  2. Hill of Death & pain slippy back road way?

Come on which way do you think i went.

No 2 of course.

The I let about a third of the air out of my tyres and off into the early morning dawn I rode, slipping and sliding all over the place, the reduced pressure definitely increased the grip and slow steady circle maintained the forward momentum.

My usual 30 minute dash was an hour long steady ride but it was nice to be on the bike and the scenery was gorgeous.

The hill was a down ward slide of exploding snow under tyres at half the usual speed but the back end sliding out at every turn on the sheet like ice that was just beneith the snow the fun was definitely in the control and continuing struggle against gravity.

Back up the other side it was as though a stream had run down the path and frozen solid coating the entire path in a sheet of ice.

Tranction here was a problem and the continuing forward motion was tricky, slow turns and stay on the front wheel and don’t slip.

After a while I made to the top, stopped for a quick photo and back onto the ice road, sliding, gliding and the occasional crash of ice collapsing under tyres.

It was a bit strange to get to work, sit down with the top of me so warm and the bottom of me so cold.

(left my gore-tex boots at the bike shop… bugger very cold toes today0


One Response

  1. Nice snow pics:)

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