Need some spiked tires
Wintry weather again. Sleet mainly. They are calling for Freezing rain later. Sleet actually is ok to mtn. bike in. Traction isn't too bad. Figured I'd just tool around the neighborhood to spin the legs.
25-30degrees. Not too bad. I'm not worried being cold except my feet. Mtn biking is so much slower than road riding so wind chill isn't an issue. And you tend to work pretty hard climbing so if anything I tend to get overheated in the core.
My wife was saying to be really careful and that I was crazy.
Headed out the door
There is a new road that loops around back of the development. It is pretty steep, and wasn't plowed, covered in sleet. Figured it would be ok if I went slow. Crawling down it, being all cool with my elbows out chest/chin low positioning. Hit the rear brake lightly it slides out, hit the front it slides, fishtailing and then the front slides out completely hit the deck and slide for like 5', and I was literally only going 5mph or less.
Get up or I should say try to get it. This road is in the shade all the time, and doesn't get salted or plowed. Under this new sleet wasn't pavement or snow, but a sheet of solid ice. I couldn't even walk back up on the road, I had to slide over to the shoulder and then walk up to a level spot again.
No way I was going to go home a minute into the ride and tell my wife I stacked it. I bypassed this particular stretch and just looped around a couple times. Hard work to get anywhere in snow. Pretty toasty except for the feet.
I need to get some spiked tires or chains or make my own with sheet metal screws if this stuff continues.
Now I'm inside the rest of the day just eating.