I had to walk out of my road this morning, about 2″ of snow and ice on the road. The main road at the top wasn’t much better but at least it was rideable. It was still snowing too which meant I kept getting flakes in my eyes which wasn’t that pleasant. I took to pedalling with my head down a bit so my helmet peak kept most of it out. The temperature was -4.
The roads cleared at Northfield due to the volume of traffic where I joined the A38. There is never a lot of traffic at that time, but just enough to get the grit spread and the road fairly clear of snow and ice. The cycle lane wasn’t clear though so I pedalled in the inside lane. Something I wouldn’t do later in the day!
I chanced the canal towpath yesterday, it was pretty dodgy to be honest, very icy and slippery, I did have the odd slide before I reached Selly Oak so I came off there and did the Bristol Road and Frankly home. My bike was caked in snow around the brakes and gear mechs when I came off the cut too, it must have added about 5Ibs in weight! I’ll not be towpathing it tonight, I’ll be dicing with death with the tin boxes through Edgbaston and Harbourne. The real downside of winter!