|It's snowing... but it didn't seem that horrible - though it did get worse|
When I got out to start the vehicle, she turned over, but wouldn't idle for more than a few seconds. After several attempts, I gave up and figured the universe wanted me to ride. I was a bit scared (if you read here regularly, you know how I dread the ice more than anything), but figured if I wanted to workout, that was just how it was going to be for today. I was bundled up anyway, and it didn't feel too bad, so I decided to go and grab the Hillborne out of weekend hibernation and take him to class.
I started off just fine - pedaling slowly so that I could feel any changes or slick surfaces. I decided to take surface streets rather than the trail system because the roads would more than likely be plowed (whereas the trail would not), not to mention the heat from the cars would help melt some of the snow off the roadways. I have to say, there are some really cruel drivers out on the roads! I turned on my lights (since my coat is white and blends easily with the snow) to help others see me, but it was as though some went out of their way to splash mud-snow on me as they drove by. Okay, so maybe they think I'm an idiot for riding my bike in the snow, but hey - I still have a right to be there, and it really won't kill anyone to slow down for a couple of seconds as they fly around me. My glasses (never have I been so thankful that I wear them) acted as a kind of windshield as snow splattered across my face. Pretty soon, I really couldn't see through them at all and had to peek out between the top of my glasses and the bottom of my beanie cap.
|Snowy ride, but still smiling, so it can't be all bad.|
|As you can see here, the roads look better than the trail in front of me... |
though this portion of the trail wasn't bad at all
All in all, it was nice to be out in the elements, and although my hands were numb by the time I arrived to class, and I was drenched in melting snow, it was a good experience that I would definitely try again. Even the new Soma cream tires held up well and had decent traction (review coming on these shortly). Of course, a thorough cleaning of the entire bike will be in order very soon, but I would highly recommend venturing out on a snow-day ride of your own... assuming, like those of us in northern Colorado, you're still experiencing the fun of winter weather.