December 8, 2009
So a huge storm is rolling into the upper Midwest and we got our first real snow today. The first storm of the year is always the worst for riding because all the drivers freak out and drive like they've never seen white stuff before. There is nothing more dangerous to the cyclist than a person behind the wheel driving scared and indecisive. You take that bugged out driver and throw in a person on a bike (they also act like they've never seen a bike before) and the drivers have no idea what to do and freeze up like a deer in the brights. It's ridiculous. I actually had two drivers honking at me who were driving in the on coming direction on the far side of the road. What the hell is that? I'm not even on your side of the street. Winter also brings with it more judgements and insults from drivers than summmer, since most can only imagine that if you're riding a bike instead of a car you are either poor (drivers hate poor people) or have too many DUI's to operate a car.
On top of that since the streets aren't really plowed, the cyclist is forced into either riding the fresh pow in the gutter (safer, more stable and predictable, but a hell of a lot of work) or taking to the well worn car tracks (dangerous, but way faster).
We've also got some very low temps on the way. It's sitting at about 0 right now with the windchill and we'll be looking down the barrel of negative air temps by Thursday. Lately I've been kind of romantic about riding in the cold, today I realized there are few romantic things about it. If I didn't have a good job and a girl and a house and a life. I'd be out of here so fast.
forgot my light mount so I rigged this up. super pro
the new Cross Check setup. I'm testing the Sram Torpedo fixed/free hub. I'll let you know how it holds up. (old setup)
I also got my shit car started today. Here's hoping I have the strength of character not to use it.
keep riding, stay warm