Riding in Ice and Slush
The current weather pattern in Pueblo of snow, thaw, freeze, rain, snow, freeze, thaw, rain, and thaw can cause for some tricky riding conditions. A few simple tricks can make your ride easier, save you from an injury and a trip to the hospital, definitely help you in the fashion scene, and improve your bike handling skills.
TIP 1. If it's snowy or icy, chose a mountain bike or a bike with wider, higher friction tires. If that's not an option and you only have slick tires, let some air out of the tires to slightly increase surface area in contact with the road.
TIP 2. If it's slick, wear a helmet. You should probably always where a helmet, but especially if you're inexperienced with snow/ice riding.
TIP 3. If it's icy, slow down, take your time, and don't make any jerky movements with your handlebars around corners. Wide, slow turns are your friend.
TIP 4. Ease into using your brakes, and try to avoid using your front brakes on ice at all. If you start to slide, don't panic and slam on the front brake, you'll surely go down.
TIP 5. Get some fenders for slush and rain, otherwise you'll end up with skunk stripe up your butt crack and mud freckles all over your face.