December 12, 2008
Went to the library today on bike. Snow was profound. Temperature was okay, however, so I went for it.
The thing that was most surprising was all the variation one has to keep in mind. I rode down the back lane first and that was the worst part. Super snow everywhere! And ice. Oh, so much ice. Then getting onto the road was fine, I just had to ride right in between cars (with them front and back) as opposed to riding beside them. I also found myself on the sidewalk much of the time, but the transition from road to walk was a bit of a multi-terrain experience I don't usually have the pleasure of participating in.
Wiping out wasn't a big deal. I found that by the time the snow gets so thick and I'm not pedaling through, it's more that the bike slides out from you sideways. There wasn't a lot of momentum because I wasn't moving all that fast, and I'd just stick a leg out and steady myself. No harm done. I think I will be lowering my saddle for these winter months.
I also rode the Pashley and had a lot of chain hitting chain guard rattling. Am thinking about switching bikes... but I really like the brakes on the Pashley. Sidewalks in Edmonton are stupid. They sometimes just end so you're off roading all of a sudden! When the ice settles into what used to be grass it turns into this incredibly bumpy terrain. I'm glad I have a heavy steel bike.
Upon arriving at the library I ran into a friend who informed me that breaking with only the rear wheel means better steering and maneuvering! Will have to try that:)
I thought I got a lot of "you are crazy" looks before while riding. I got a whole lot more today.
Wore my trusty olive parka (filled with goose down) with fur hood and super ear flap toque. To bad my self portrait cuts off the pom pom on top. No helmet. Underneath was boot cut jeans and nautical striped long sleeved t-shirt. Mittens are taupe/brown herringbone.