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Frost and ice | Winter cycling | Birmingham City Council

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Frost and ice

In icy or frosty conditions you should reduce tyre pressure slightly to improve grip, avoid harsh braking or steering and use a lower gear to maintain a smooth riding technique. Keep both hands on the handlebars as often as you can, and avoid free-wheeling.

Stick to main roads where possible as ice and snow will clear more quickly here. If you do encounter ice – relax, ride straight and avoid the front brake and sharp turns. Remember, you can stop and walk if necessary.

Watch out for ice in sheltered areas such as the shaded side of bridges, hedges or bends. Fresh, uncompacted snow can be ridden on with some grip, but thawed refrozen slush provides less grip and makes cycling dangerous.

Check conditions before setting out – do think twice about cycling in very icy weather, particularly if there is a risk of black ice.