Cold Weather Riding

Oh how I hate the cold, icy weather that is WY. The weather is going to be 60 today and I am dying to get my bike out. The icy spots scare me however, the main roads and highways are clear but the side streets, like the one we live on still have quite a few slick icy spots here and there. How do you handle that?


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Jan 29, 2012
Stay home
by: Dotty

Don't like ice so we stay home, but we don't really have too much here in North Mississippi. The weather here hasn't been good enough to ride in the last week or so but we ride when we can on beautiful days.

Jan 15, 2012
Living in Colorado
by: Lark

I have had my bike out on nice days, and I just keep my eyes open. There's also a lot of gravel on the roads from the snowplows. When you go out around here (Colorado Springs are), you'll see tons of people out on nice days. I was even out yesterday when it was 50. It got a little nippy coming home since it was after 3:00pm and you know how as it gets closer to sunset the temperature drops, but still an awesome ride.

Jan 07, 2012
Icy Roads
by: Dottie

Next warm day I will probably get the bike out if the roads are clear for the most part. I like the suggestions here. I am very careful and attentive. However being a relatively new rider (3500) miles I still have a good deal of fear of new situations in me. With that said, I am itching to ride and feel I can use common sense and good judgement to do it safely. Ride on!


Jan 06, 2012
by: Lois

I enjoy riding anytime of the year, you just have to keep yours eyes open and your mind on the ride. Remember it can always be slick in the dark places where the sun doesn't hit the road. Keep to the busier roads they heat up and melt off the ice faster. Just remember keep your eyes open for sand and salt left in the road, it can be just like hitting a gravel patch. Nothing says you can't drive around in the car checking for good roads to ride.

Jan 06, 2012
ICey Roads
by: Robin

We live in the country. Last winter we got bad ice. But within a few days the main roads were all cleared but our lane (one mile long) was not thawing. We are the type that rides all year long here in Central Illinois, so it was driving us crazy. So, we just took it slow, put your rudders out (feet) wear good boots, made it out, yipeee. We ended up storing the bikes in town at my work's storage shed for a week so we could ride!!

Jan 05, 2012
Riding over ice patch
by: Anonymous

Rule of thumb: if you see any shiny spots/sections of the road, assume it is ice. Easier to look & avoid those areas. Travel slow enough to get through. I treat it like I'm going over railroad tracks...coast over it, don't accelerate, nor brake while on ice patches. Ride slow! and enjoy!

Jan 05, 2012
not brave enough
by: Dottie

Just couldn't bring myself to do it. Not wanting to mess up my purty bike.......not to mention myself.


Jan 05, 2012
icy roads
by: Deeann

I would stay home.

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