I rolled out of bed at the last possible moment and still make it to work on time. It was cold nasty weather. Many schools and businesses were closed. I considered driving until I looked out the window and saw my truck sitting there covered in snow and ice.
I loaded the bike, and headed out. The roads along my commute were a little slushy, but not too bad. There was a little ice, but not enough to be an issue for my studded tires. The commute really was a non-event.
After I got home, I needed to exchange some defective boots that I bought on Saturday. The shoe store is about five miles away, but down on Preston Highway. It’s not stretch of road I’d ridden before and I have the impression it’s not very bike-friendly. When I headed out it was dark, cold, and windy.
I took the lane riding down Preston Highway. I had no issues with rude drivers. Maybe they like my Christmas lights.
I exchanged the boots, got a few weird looks from the cashier, and pedaled home, again with no issues.
17.4 miles for the day. I’ll take it. 🙂
Tomorrow is supposed to be bitter cold. My morning commute will be somewhere around 7 degrees. I’m digging out the extra layers.
Tim wrote about yesterday’s ride. Michael’s write-up is here.
4 thoughts on “Slush In The City”
great in every way. 17m impressive, and this morning’s ride will be more. wishing I had purchased some studded tires. the black and chunky ice scares me.
I’m glad you exchanged those crappy boots, and that you’re still getting out there.
By studded tires, do you mean tires with metal studs, or mountain bike-styled tires?
I live around Preston highway and Indian Trail. It’s not entirely bike friendly, but I don’t let it stop me.
Studded tires, small metal (carbide-tipped steel) studs that stick a very short distance out of the tire. Gives traction even on smooth ice.
I’m using the Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires, but there are other brands.
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