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Cycling when ice is on the ground. Ice is slippery and can cause a fall risk. Distinct from snow, as snow does not always come with ice.

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Why are there no snow chains for bicycles?

My last bicycle trip was a complete nightmare. Snow and ice everywhere, with no plowing anywhere. It made me re-realize what I already became all too familiar with last winter: it's a scary nightmare ...
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Are winter tires (with studs) safe to use in summer-like conditions?

The climate where I live is such that you may get snow or even true ice one day, but it will be dry gravel and tarmac on another. I understand that winter tires would not be ideal on these, but ...
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Rotor VS Caliper VS Pad compatibility

It might be a silly question, but it's not clear to me (peabrain here) I'm using BR-R317 calipers with G03S pads and RT30 rotors. It's my understanding that Shimano calipers and rotors are compatible, ...
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Can a fatbike cross frozen car tire ruts without slipping?

I'm investigating winter commuting options (it's never too early to start thinking about next winter...). I'd love to keep biking in the winter, but I've had some scary experiences falling on ice, ...
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Does there exist a gravel bike that can accommodate 29″×2.25″ ribbed (and studded) tyres?

The title line says it all. Just by looking at the pictures of the forks used for gravel bikes, and before reading the specs, it's evident that a 2.25″ won't fit. Is the term "gravel" today ...
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What is the smallest collection of bikes to maintain for these three types of snowed over paths?

Selecting the kind of bike to ride depends perhaps a bit too much on context—how much snow, whether and how quickly the snow is plowed, etc. Last winter I've taken the road bike on trails soon after ...
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Why aren't winter bicycles camping events common as the motorcycles one?

Here in Europe there is a trend of organizing winter motorcycles rallies in wich the participants go camping in the snow, wearing furs and cooking on camp fires. The first and most important is the ...
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For a studded tire that is available in both 29" and 27.5" which will perform better in snow/ice all else being equal?

I"m looking to start winter riding. My soon-to-be bike, a 2018 Devinci Troy Carbon 27 GX 12S, is able to take both 29" and 27.5" tires. I prefer 27.5" tires, but would I have more control and ...
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Minimize freezing of brake cables

Is there something I can spray on my brake cables to keep them from freezing up in cold weather? I want something preferably that will not attract dust. Brakes froze when temperature was 20 degrees ...
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What to do with a frozen bike?

My bike was outside and it snowed. I thought it was ok because it was undercover but the tarp broke and now my bike is covered in snow. I had 3 locks on it, 2 of them came off but one is frozen. I ...
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How is fat bike traction on icy roads compared to a mountain bike?

From anything between black ice to 4 inches of snow (paved roads only, no offroad), how will fat bike tires compare to mountain bike tires traction-wise? Please note since the bike has to be ridden ...
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Front wheel requires weight for traction: is this applicable to icy conditions?

How is cornering on the road different than cornering on dirt? Is cornering in snow any different? I usually attempt to keep at least half my weight on the front wheel for stability when cornering ...
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Snow Tire Wraps for Bicycles

In some areas of the world, cars are allowed to use snow chains (or cables) in order to increase traction on ice and snow. This is slightly complicated on bicycles, but has been done. The main ...
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Any issues with yaktrax and flat pedals

Did anyone tried using yaktrax ice-traction device for shoes when using bicycle (with flat pedals)? I have noticed that often very large risk of falling in icy conditions is when mounting dismounting,...
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How to prevent ice from clogging the cassette?

I've commuted on a bike in winter for 13 years now, but never as far as now, that is 30 km daily. I have a problem which I never experienced before. In temperatures close to 0C and on paths covered ...
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Good tires for road riding in winter weather?

What are some good tires to install for riding the roads in snow, ice, other winter conditions? Besides letting some pressure out for better traction, what tires should I use?
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What's in a good all purpose city commuting winter tire?

How do I determine what factors lead to a good all purpose city commuting winter tire? Does the rim matter? I'd like to not have to worry too much about looking out for and avoiding black ice, mainly ...
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Will my drivetrain freeze if left outside in the winter?

I have to leave my bike outside at work for 8-10 hours at a time. If it's -3°C or -6°C, is there anything special I need to do to ensure it will still ride when I'm ready to go home? i.e., ...
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What are the minimum requirements to commute comfortably through the winter?

What needs to change on my bike? I have an 80's Schwinn Traveler single speed conversion. What needs to change with my clothing? I just wear regular street clothes now. I'm looking for the minimum ...
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When are studded tires necessary?

Aside from racing or riding across a frozen pond, under what conditions do you find studded tires useful? I have never used them, and the worst I have had to do is take a day off when it is really ...
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How to make studded tires

Has anyone ever made a set of studded tires? What did you use? I read about a method somewhere but I cannot recall where. I heard that you can: Drill/make a small hole through the tire Screw a ...
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What type of brakes is least subject to failure in the winter?

There is a lot of snow in the winter where I live. Different kinds of snow; soft, sticky, wet, etc. And ice too. It can get pretty cold: -25 °C (-15 °F). We drop salt, sand and gravel on our roads. I'...
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