Thursday, January 13, 2011
Winter Riding- how it's going so far
Not this year! Lots of snow has fallen and stayed on the ground. I think it's going to be like that for the rest of Winter. As I was having problems Winter riding with my Rocky Mountain, I bought a beater bike. All I had to do was put on a new chain and it was good as new. I will buy a rack and fenders later this month.
Riding has been great despite all the snow that has fallen. I find that just after a snowfall, it's easier to walk as the road isn't always cleared. I live on a main street so it's plowed pretty quickly after a snowfall, but usually during or just after a big snowfall, it's hard to bicycle in the deep snow.
I am glad that I live near a main street that takes me to work as it sometimes takes the City 4 days to a week to clear the side roads. If they aren't cleared, I will usually walk the bike if I have to cross an unplowed street. Despite not having studded tires at this time, I have no problems with ice. I plan to get studs next Winter. There's also been a few really nasty storms which force me to walk as the wind is so strong and blinding! But it's been good, this week I biked every day and unless deep new snow tomorrow, will bike to work again.
I had to ride on the sidewalk this morning as the plows, snowblowers, and trucks hauling snow were out in full force and I didn't feel safe biking on the road near them.
All this snow has been great for snowshoeing! It's nice not to have to snowshoe on hard crusty snow, the fresh soft snow is much softer to snowshoe on.