Before I came to Toronto from Cape Town, my daily bike ride on my beloved (stolen-in-Toronto) Cannondale M700 took me up to Tafelberg Road on the northern slope of Table Mountain, then down the zig-zag of loose sandy paths toward the city.
I never dreamed I’d be riding in the snow one day. Nor did I realize that the years of mountain biking would serve me well in the snow.
Here are a few simple snow-riding tips that come straight from the mountain bike
- Look ahead. Concentrate your attention on the middle distance. Brake before you need to
- When you’re in the snow, or crossing slippery ground, slow down using your rear brake
- Get into a low gear. Use the smallest front chain ring if the snow is thick
- Keep moving, not rolling, but pedaling (hence the low gear)
- If you start to slide, stay with the bike, keep your feet on the pedals, lower your centre of gravity
- Stay inside your comfort zone
The above doesn’t apply to ice. For ice there are only two rules
- Use ice tyres
- or else, stay off it