December 27, 2009
Alright, I'm succumbing to demand. Demand for studded tires and some other ride that is going to kick the shit out of the windrows and the annoying inconsistencies on the road. Ice. Snow. Fresh. Packed. This is no way to live!
The Dahon is okay when snow is super light, but not when it's heavy.
The Pashley has great brakes for winter, but I don't want to take my pretty bike out when it's -30 and there is crud all over the road. One slip and my fenders will probably be bent to hell. Plus, that upright position I usually love so much is just not conducive to ass kicking.
I don't think there is anything to do other than ride more aggressively (not traffic-wise, just power-wise) in order to reign supreme over the snow.
So it was time to unleash my Kona mountain bike circa 1995-96? I bought it from my god-brother when I was in high school. It served me well for a good chunk of time but I never LOVED riding it. Never quite fit.
Don and I took it to redbike last week and it's getting a makeover. New handlebars to change my posture. Different saddle. Studded tires and some general cleaning up. Will call in the next few days to see if it's done.
I carried the bike for a good few blocks and I was struck by how fun it is to be able to lug my bike around on my shoulder! That's something that Pashley and I don't do. The angles are so weird there's no ideal place to grab onto that pretty lady.
Looking forward to new adventures with my old bike!
Stay tuned for aforementioned ass kicking.