It was a very entertaining bike ride yesterday in the London snow. On the main roads everything was fine as they had been gritted and so many cars had already travelled on them. On the side roads however it was a bit of a different story. As anyone who tried a bit of ski cycling in the past week will have found it can be a bit of a challenge.
The front wheel tends to head off in a different direction especially as you are trying to turn. I quickly adjusted my riding style to taking the corners nice and wide. I was not really worried about falling off because that would not particularly matter but I was more worried about a car skidding into me.
This is one of the few times cycling in London that I have found I would have been better off on a mountain bike. I managed to draw a few bemused looks from passers by and the people stood outside the pub as I got on my bike to ride home. One guy said: “You are not travelling home on that are you?”. I pointed to his shoes and said “Your not walking home in those are you?”. He quickly pointed to his big expensive car and said “No, I’m travelling in that”.
Luckily there were no incidents on the cycle back and I must admit I enjoyed it. I can’t remember ever cycling home on snow before so it felt like a good new experience.
How about you? DId you brave the snow or was it time to get on the dreaded tube?
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