As shared by SyracuseBicycling.com
"It's a great feeling to be heading outside to ride after being on the trainer all winter, but be careful! Spring road conditions can present a significant hazard if you're not paying attention. Cycling blog www.bikingtolive.com
advises keeping an eye out for the following:
Four Things To Watch For
1.Sand and Gravel. The problem for cyclists occurs after the snow and ice melt. The sand and gravel that was used to cover the roads is left behind after the snow and ice melt leaving it thick in some areas or just lightly coating the surface in others. You need to be cognizant of this potential hazard because hitting a patch of loose sand or gravel can easily cause you to face plant.
2.Debris. Remnants from branches being broken off trees due to the ice and snow make it very easy for an unaware cyclist to lose control or puncture a tire.
3.Wet areas. Snow melt and spring rain create wet roads. At a curve, or corner, take some extra care because having a wheel slide out from under you while diving into a corner at high speed could get ugly.
4.Potholes. These are problems even outside of winter but winter conditions have a way of making existing ones worse and making new ones at an exponential rate. There are some you could potentially lose yourself, your bike, or your car in. Or all three if you're carrying your bike on a trunk rack. Seriously. It's terrible. The harsh winter only makes it worse. Be extra vigilant and look ahead for potential holes that could catch your front wheel and end your cycling season prematurely."
Feel free to add any other "head's up" suggestions for us out on the road!
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