Pretty, but Pretty Slick

Wet Leaves
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I nearly took a spill this morning. I’m not bragging, just saying… if it wasn’t for the fact that I’ve done a bunch of off road riding in slimy conditions, I probably would’ve hit the pavement. The culprit was wet leaves. When the sun’s out, and it’s a beautiful morning, and fall colors are everywhere you look, it’s easy to forget that wet leaves can be nearly as slick as ice. Keep an eye out!

13 Responses to “Pretty, but Pretty Slick”

  • somervillebikes says:

    Indeed, wet leaves can be scary. On the last group ride I was on, one of the riders slipped on wet leaves, damaging his bike and bruising his ego (luckily nothing worse than bruises). Whenever I see that I’m about to roll through a patch of leaves, I keep the bike pointed as straight as possible and keep my speed steady: no accelerating or braking. The idea is to minimize any lateral forces exerted between the tires and the ground.

  • DerrickP says:

    It’s funny how easily you can let hour guard down and slip! I went down last week. I keep a strict regimen of about 4 falls a year :)

  • Garth says:

    Would be nice if it were still warm enough for the leaves to be merely wet here in the northern parts of the country. Ice is as slick as ice too! What’s worst are the compacted layers of snow and ice on the side roads, getting compacted and melting and refreezing, but never getting cleared like the main roads. At least the new snowfalls cover it up and slightly improve the traction. No falls yet this winter for me, but my commute time has increased a bit!

    Garth-

  • Eddie says:

    I get it….Fall colors…

  • Ryan says:

    Wet wood bridges or pathways can also be slick as ice. I fell years ago and can still hear my cheekbone contacting the path. Stay safe!

  • Buck says:

    We get more needles than leaves out here and they are not so bad to ride on, but what I have to constantly watch out for is wet moss (which has a tendency to develop on under-used corners that are only accessible by bike and, as Ryan says, on anything made of wood). That stuff is nasty!

  • Alan says:

    @Ryan

    One of the hardest falls I ever took was on a wooden bridge at the bottom of a steep descent. I hit it at about 20mph and I was on the ground before I even knew I was falling.

  • MT Cyclist says:

    It’s already Dec. 7 and I haven’t ridden my bike to work once this month, in large part due to the 16 inches of snow on the ground. That’ll teach me for living in Montana. But all is not lost. We look forward to warming chinooks. I’ve been known to go on glorious rides on Christmas morning.
    When the snow’s too deep, there’s always cycling classes at the gym.

  • Andy Guibord says:

    I am glad that it was only a close call!!!!! I am sure it was quite the adrenaline rush!

  • Andrew says:

    I was sick at home all last week, but since having emerged, I’m now right in the thick of -7 degree C commuting. No falls, any trace of snow has been nuked with enough salt to eat a bicycle in no time…

    Methinks it may finally be time to invest in a pair of long john’s.

  • Roland says:

    After a couple of winters with lots of snow and ice and subsequent falls and days when biking was just not doable, I tried out a recumbent trike last fall and was immediately sold!

    I picked up my new trike last week (with the snow appropriately falling) From now on I don’t give a damn about snow and ice. :-)

  • Brian says:

    what is the front rack on this bike?

  • Alan says:

    @Brian

    It’s a Pass & Stow:

    http://www.ecovelo.info/2009/05/05/pass-stow-racks/

    Alan

 
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