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Is it ever worth it? Bike commuting in icy weather...

Dec. 13, 2016, 10:05 a.m.
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I find the snow is usually fine but the cold dry days like today the bike lanes can be a nightmare. I usually go down once a year - just hitting an isolated patch of ice. Had that a couple of weeks back coming on to the LGB. Got my foot out so it wasn't too bad. Salt really chews up the drive trains too.

That said, I gave it a miss last week and haven't taken the bike yet this week.

Dec. 18, 2016, 7:19 p.m.
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Joined: Aug. 12, 2007

I've been doing this for the last couple of weeks in Squamish partly because my car doors are frozen shut….. I'd describe riding in sometimes around -10 degrees plus wind chill through the valley and holding my dog lead as 'character building', but it's never as bad as I think it's going to be. Just have to go dead slow at times, especially having to control my dog at the same time. 8 inches of rear suspension and Minnions FTW!

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Dec. 19, 2016, 8:39 a.m.
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First tracks on southbound second narrows this morning :dead:

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Dec. 19, 2016, 7:42 p.m.
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Joined: Aug. 11, 2015

I have hit the deck a couple times over the years

This terrifies me! I've commuted in fresh but once it gets icy I chicken out and take the bus. I'd love to get fresh tracks on the LGB, must be awesome! :)

May 7, 2024, 3:09 p.m.
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Joined: April 29, 2024

I have a set of winter tires for my winter commuting bike and run them when the temps drop below 5C (Continental Top Contact Winter).  I think last winter was my 5th or 6th season on them and I've been pretty happy with them on black ice, ice, smooth hardpacked snow and fresh powder under 4 inches deep. When the snow gets deeper, cruddy or hummocky due to vehicle / pedestrian traffic I would want a much fatter tire and possibly one with studs.

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