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Fishtailing

Friday, February 15th, 2008

I’ve been sick the past couple of days. We had a bit of snow, and yesterday it was warm enough for some, but not all, of the snow to melt.

This morning it was 35 degrees, which felt very warm and comfortable to me.There was a chilling wind, but still, 35 is pretty warm compared to the commuting weather to which I’ve become accustomed. I still felt sort of sick upon departure. The snow on the bike path had melted and then re-frozen, leaving ice of varying thickness and smoothness. I went slow, feathering my rear brake and trying to brake in the few places that had exposed asphalt (the bike path is mostly downhill in this direction).

I tried to ride on the rougher ice toward the sides of the path to increase my traction, and it helped, but I still slid around a lot. Each time I tried to pedal, I found myself fishtailing, especially going uphill. But I managed to keep my front wheel from sliding, and stayed upright. I just let the rear wheel slide beneath me when necessary and it wobbled a bit but ultimately was OK.

By the time I arrived at work, I felt a lot better. It was a really pleasant ride, and I wished I could’ve just tooled around town. Alas, work awaited.

5 Responses to “Fishtailing”

  1. John Says:

    I looked into studded tires, but with the little bit of ice and snow around here, it wasn’t worth it.

    Also, like you said, 35 is not that cold.

  2. Marty Says:

    Don’t you hate it when you day job gets in the way of your recreational activities?

  3. Ian Says:

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better. Studded tires aren’t really worth it unless you have constant snow coverage. They wear out really quick on bare asphalt, and that becomes expensive.

  4. Doug Says:

    I have to correct Ian. Carbide tipped studs, like those found on Nokians, do not show any noticeable wear even after thousands of miles of dry pavement riding. Tires with cheaper steel studs wear very quickly.

  5. Ian Says:

    Thanks Doug, I’ll look into the Nokians. I base my knowledge on my own personal experience.

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