Saturday, October 30, 2010
After cooling off during the last month or so, it's been threatening to snow. I was lucky last year as we hardly had any snow and the only month where I couldn't bicycle around was December. That was it, I biked till November, stopped for a month, then started up again in January. I never lost being in shape on my bicycle.
Today I have been entertaining the notion of getting studded tires for my beauty, but part of me doesn't want to expose her to the damaging effects of the snow/ice/cold. I have been thinking that at some time I will want to get a beater bicycle similar to what people like Sarah from Edmonton use for Winter.
I just don't want to get it just right yet. I've splurged all year on bicycle stuff, like a bike gloves, bike shorts, bike socks, bike bottles, a second back LED light, toe clips, bike pump (that actually does a good job pumping air into tires, unlike what my hand one does), a good quality MSR backpacking ultralight tent (used for hiking and bike touring). And not to forget Tour De Jasper, which was totally worth the money spent, as it was an unforgettable experience.
I just want to save now, for nice German bike bags, a bike trailer, and trips to Calfornia (with bike) or to Egypt (with GAP Advnetures). I also want to save for a reasonable beater bike- want to check bike swap next May.- and gear it up as a Winter bike, studded tires and the works. I will bike as much as I can get away this winter without being too hard on bike and save for next year..I know I can do it, I've already started saving. The irony is that I've been given a $50 gift card for mall, but don't know what to get with it, so it's unspent so far. Things that I like to get you can't get at a mall, but at a speciality shop. Oh well, goal is for getting Winter bike at next year's bike swap..I know I can do it!
What kind of bicycle do you use for Winter? Do you use the same bike all year around, or do you have an actual 'Winter' bike? Which is better, skinny or fat tires, and gears or little gears/no gears bicycle? The main use would be grocery getting. How much did your Winter bike cost you?