Native Alaskans have a bajillion words for snow. I’m making up some new ones.
So on the way in to work, I was pushing through about 3 inches of powder on the trails and riding on fairly clear streets (thanks to the plows). But on the way back home at the end of the day, the trails had turned into this mix of deep, sticky powder, slush, ice, and asphalt. The worst was the semi-frozen slush (sfs) where people had been walking on the trails. It was uneven and slick and when I rode into it, the handlebars took on a life of their own. I ended up searching for powder to ride through, because even though it was some hard pushing, especially going uphill, it was more stable than the (sfs).
Later in the night I rode over to a friend’s house and had a chance to practice riding on slush and raw ice. I’m getting the hang of it. It’s just a matter of being aware of how your steering is going to be affected and taking the time to ride safely.
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