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How to make riding a bike on icy surfaces safer?

I have to ride my bike to work. It's a thoroughly enjoyable and refreshing experience whatever the weather, but I worry about the safety aspects - particularly when surfaces are icy. Can you think of any solutions to the problem? If there are any existing solutions to the problem then please let me know about those too! Also, how dangerous is it? Am I over-reacting to the problem?

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Creator:UKJohn
Created:over 11 years ago
Activity:over 3 years ago
Users:8
Ideas:11
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...by using salt water spraying + tire claw..salt water will melten the icy surface in split of second..while tire claw will stable the movement of the tires.
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Try to use different paths for biking and compare them from the point of view which ones are less icy, then use the ones that are less icy.
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For a class in undergrad we invented the "tire claw." Essentially an innertube with metal studs you wrapped around the tires of the bike. I think there are products like this on the market now.
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When I was working as a postman in Sweden during winters we used tyres with studs (is that the right word). I also learned what kind of snow and ice that where more "solid" and therefor more slippery.
jka
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wear non slip boots!
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chains for bike tires
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Create an inverted plastic "V" shaped device that attaches to the front and back wheels, thus preventing - or slowing - any falls resulting from slips
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Attach children's stabilisers to the bike