Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Living In A Van Down By The Schuylkill River
If the temps are and have been below freezing, then ice is usually not a concern. It's when there have been warm temps, melt, and then refreeze, that I need to be aware. Refrozen melt that has flowed across roads, or melt from parking lot exits transfered out onto the frozen road by traffic, are the main culprits I encounter. I find I just need to be aware and smart. If I am going in a straight line, don't change speed or direction, and I sail right through. In corners, excess salt is more an issue than ice. If I need to wait till the sun has had a chance to do its thing, then I wait.
15°F is my limit for anything longer than a short ride, even with heated gear and hippo hands. Did an eight hour ride in those temps once, and it was brutal.