Last night on my ride home, a guy in a pickup passed me on Railroad (slowly, and with a lot of room), but then came to a stop about fifty feet ahead and rolled down his window. I was afraid there was going to be some kind of confrontation, but he actually was just offering to give my buddy and me a ride. We declined (because the snow was pretty, and also Rule 9), but I thought that was pretty cool.
I’m loving the snow! Getting used to sliding a little. My rides yesterday and this morning haven’t been bad at all, fell once when I confused myself deciding to turn before or after the car coming, but otherwise it has been just lovely. I’m still pretty nervous, and moving really slowly, which means I need to plan more time to get places, but it isn’t so tough as I’d worried it would be.
I had a great commute home. The slicks on my commuter made it really interesting. Once I got home, I switched to my mt. bike and hit Frick Park, which was AMAZING! Knobby tires and some low air pressure make a world of difference in the snow we had last night. Pictures taken with the crappiest camera phone known to man.
@roadkillen – the far right tracks in the second pic are scary.
I tried riding and got to Liberty and Baum when I threw in the towel. The drivers had no idea where their lanes were and it was getting really slick.
I walked to Negley Station and took the bus where I had the same driver as in the morning. Once off in Edgewood the route I take was plowed and salted so I rode the rest of the way home.
@ Mick. Those tracks on the right are the ones I made. I almost went off the edge of the ramp, scary is correct.
I aced the logs though, which usually trip me up in good weather.
I feel lucky that my commute is short and uses (pretty much) only roads that are plowed first.
I wonder if the Jail Trail got salted today. If not we’re in store for some awesome ice.
Crap, now I feel like I got some kind of stupid stomach bug, might not be able to go out and play. Grr.
I had to drive on Thursday, in order to be where I needed to be, when I needed to be there.
At a little before 7 p.m., I was stuck on the Bloomfield Bridge, heading towards Bloomfield. I was in the left lane, so I could turn towards town.
As I sat through light after light and watched cars creep through the light at Liberty, I caught sight of a cyclist, heading uphill on Liberty. From a distance, it looked like he might have been on the sidewalk, but maybe not.
The riding looked tortuous. By the time I could see him again on the uphill side of the intesection, it looked like he was walking. It took him what seemed like a LONG time to cross the width of the bridge.
It was so hard to watch! My hat goes off to whomever it was. I certainly would have racked and rolled, even if it took me hours longer to get home (and yes, even when walking) the cyclist was mostly keeping pace with the traffic. Cars were moving THAT slowly.
I went out to North Park last night and did a quick lap of the trails around 9pm with a couple of friends, just as the snow was really falling and adding to the couple of inches already down. Pretty awesome conditions right then. Beard icicles all around.
Swalfoort, I use the same terminlolgy when I don’t ride- “I had to drive1” It is a mindset and a commitment.
@ helen and swalfoort. “had to drive” me too. interesting point helen I never thought of it that way.
Anonymous 12/21/2012 at 8:20pm #
Snooooooooooow riding. Yes!
My little jaunt through downtown in an hour or so will be a minor test. A mile of Perrymont, with no lights and a lot of traffic, will be a different story altogether.
Wind will be a dealbreaker, though.
Anonymous 12/21/2012 at 9:31pm #
i was out a couple hours ago, it wasn’t too bad, keep the extremities bundled up.
Riding in that wind will totally blow.
This morning I was holding my usual 16-17mph pace on the jail trail on my way in this morning. A big gust of wind came and it immediately slowed me to 11mph. I had tailwinds the whole way home which was niiice. The snow wasn’t bad today, it was just the wind. The snow is fun
Anonymous 12/21/2012 at 11:59pm #
YAY! Gotta pull out the old green bike and go out tomorrow, assuming the snow is still there!
i biked to the south side around 2:30, and it was either shit or hella awesome, depending on your perspective. on saline coming from junction hollow to the jail trail, the wind knocked me down to like 7 mph. i actually had to wipe the snow off my glasses a few times, because i couldn’t see a damned thing. then on the hot metal bridge, i still couldn’t see anything because the sky was filled with snow.
the sustained 15-20 mph winds was pretty sweet, but the thick wet snow really made it. it was one of those rides where i was constantly reminded how awesome my beard is.
ps i thought it was hella awesome. in the parlance of our times.
By 7 the snow, though still coming down, wasn’t much. However, the wind… It may have been the first time I’ve needed to pedal going _down_ Fifth toward the Birmingham Bridge just to keep going forward…
Anonymous 12/22/2012 at 6:46pm #
I am of the less is more school of maintainece
I try to do as little as possible. I don’t clean my chain every 100 miles (someone I overheard on a group ride). I don’t necessarily clean the bike off after an off-road or winter ride. I will so as not to drag too much dirt/mess around but not otherwise.
my take on salt etc.
Cbruch may not agree if you ride around limestone – but –
I’ve found the simplest way to deal with salt, water, rain, and just about anything for your chain is 30w oil.
Phil Wood tenacious oil (that is probably 70w or 80w) is GREAT!
for free lube :
Go to your local gas station look in the trash cans, no need to dig, for a can of whatever someone else was using for their car’s motor. There is always a little left over.
5-20, 10-40 whatever it is put that on your chain and no worries, mate.
It won’t generally wash off, and will protect the chain from just about everything.
As to cables – use lined housings, and if you can find them – I haven’t been able too recently, nylon coated cables. I haven’t tried yet, but probably somewhere that sells snowmobiles.
Also new cables are cheap enough, <$5, that a rusting cable is really no big deal. Just replace it before it rusts completely through, although that does take some doing.
If you are riding in snow using rim brakes – make or buy a disk wheel cover – it helps keep snow and ice from building on the rim and on the wheel between the spokes. I wouldn’t put one on the front, unless you get a partial (half coverage) because the wind can cause steering issues.
Got a picture of the latter? Sounds like it could be a nice DIY project.
Anonymous 12/22/2012 at 7:29pm #
it seems similar enough to what they use on thier bikes for polo.
also on youtube
Yup. Exactly the same thing. Motor oil is a hell of a lot better than wd40, and it’s perfectly fine, I’m just a snooty snob who likes what I use and doesn’t mind doing a bit of maintenance. Although I’m about to start using heavy weight oil on stef’s chain because she gets the thing so gross so quickly that i half believe she’s doing it on purpose. Easy way to keep your cables nice all winter if they aren’t sealed it to get a spray can of triflow and squirt some in each end of your housing every few weeks in the winter (I like to do the same for any moving parts, like the guts of your derailleurs & pedals once a month or so in foul weather) keep the water and salt out and everything stays much happier.
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