In a winter wonderland – again…

11 01 2012

Good old Colorado weather…it’s playing with us again.

Yesterday it was bright and sunny, with a high in the mid-50s. It was a beautiful day. Today, the forecast is for a high of 22°, with snow. As you can see, the snow has already begun.

No riding for me today!!!

Cleared a path for Darryl’s truck this morning.

A winter wonderland?

It looks like I’ll be breaking out “The Beast” later today. The last couple of times we had snow, all we had to do was shovel it. Today though, I’m going to need the snow blower. It does move a lot of snow, but that machine can provide a real workout too.

Wish me luck…

Later





Top U.S. Cities For Winter Bicycle Commuting…

5 11 2011

I happened to catch this on the Webernet the other day and thought I should share it with you. Winter cycling “can be a daunting task” indeed, especially if you’re not properly prepared for cold weather, not to mention snow.

I’ve spent considerable time riding in the cold and the wet, but not much in snow. In fact, the very thought of snow cycling is kind of scary because…I Don’t Like to Fall Down. Perhaps I should employ some of my own advice and give it a try this winter, even though, working predominantly from home, I don’t get the chance to do much winter bicycle commuting

winter bicycle commuting

Top U.S. Cities For Winter Bicycle Commuting…

“For bicycle commuters, continuing to pedal through the winter months can be a daunting task, especially if one lives in a northern city. Often the decision for winter bicycle commuting comes down to perspective: Is cycling a sport or a viable form of transportation that offers a multitude of advantages such as saving money and improving the health of the cyclist and the environment? In order for bicycling to be respected as sustainable transportation, the surrounding community must be supportive of cyclists year-round. This includes city maintenance of bike lanes and paths during winter as well as supportive bicycle initiatives. It can be done…Here are five cities in the U.S. that are supporting bicycle commuting through the winter.”

Also, another great, inexpensive idea for cycling in snow, and for winter bicycle commuting, is to…

Use Zip-ties as Snow Chains for your Bike…

SNOWPOCALYPSE!

“No matter how much we swear we’ve learned our lessons, Seattle always seems to get caught by surprise by the snow. There we were, minding our own business with our feet all toasty in our sandals and socks, when the temperature plummeted and it turned into Juneau in January. While this year the City did a much better job than last year at preventing widespread carnage and destruction, we at Dutch Bike Seattle still didn’t bring in studded tires because it never snows in Seattle. Even if we had stocked them, I’m not sure they’d sell because it never snows in Seattle, right?

We found something else, though. Something else entirely.”

People are just so damned clever, aren’t they?

Later





Other choices…

9 01 2011

In answer to some questions I’ve received, here are a few other choices which could be made for cold weather cycling.

Pearl Izumi Lobster Claw...$60

Outdoor Research Meteor Glove...$35

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Wind Glove...$45

Outdoor Research Meteor Glove...$60

Some of the better websites to check for products like these would be:www.nashbar.com; www.pricepoint.com; www.niagaracycleworks.com; www.biking.com.
Just remember, first and foremost, you must think…closeout, CLOSEOUT, CLOSEOUT!
 
Later




A Courageous Cyclist…

9 01 2011

From Salvagetti Bicycle Workshop, on Platte Street, just outside of downtown Denver. I’ve played in the snow, on my bike, a little bit, but have never really ridden in the snow yet. This is one brave soul.

Scott, January 9, 2011

Later





Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Phoenix anymore…

29 11 2010

We’ve recently gone from Fall to Winter riding here in Colorado. It’s not something I was looking forward to doing, believe me; because it has gotten COOOOOOOLD!

I really would not have believed how much I could miss riding in 100 degree temps in Phoenix. Having begun this riding thing there, in the heat, I was used to doing so. I have to say, trying to ride in the cold is truly daunting, and more difficult.

Today’s pics are from a little spin around the street in front of the house; just to see what riding in snow is actually like. There was also ice involved, which was tons of fun. I have to discover which tires are best for this type of riding. Hey, do you think they could help with the damn wind? Whew, that wind really makes things frigid!

Well, I guess this is simply another challenge to overcome, right?

Fall in Colorado, Oct 28

Nov 9, first snow

Nov 9, first snow

Nov 15, pre-storm sky

Riding in snow 3, Nov 29

Riding in snow 2, Nov 29

Riding in snow 1, Nov 29





…because I didn’t want to.

14 05 2010

Why did I ride 20 miles today? Because I didn’t want to.

I needed to.

After my 30 mile roundtrip ride into Denver again on Monday, the last three days have been much too cold and snowy, or cold and rainy, or cold and windy, or cold and cold–for a man fresh from The Valley of the Sun to do any riding. Since today was much nicer than the previous three, much sunnier though breezy and cool, I forced my reluctant, lazy, sissy self to go for a ride. (Plus, Andi kept telling me what a pussy I was for not riding just because it was cold.) So, even though I really didn’t want to ride and had no real need to go anywhere in particular, I made myself go out and ride.

I didn’t push myself too hard. I didn’t try to make it a “training” ride. I didn’t try to “go aerobic.” I had no goal other than putting miles on my bike, and legs, in mind.

I wound up cruising through the first neighborhood we lived in when we moved to Colorado in 1983, sparking some cool memories. I rode through our old stomping grounds, only to realize they have nearly become a suburban ghetto. On the other hand, the old ghetto mall from the late ’80’s has been remodeled and upgraded to a super nice destination shopping area. I had a nice Wisconsin mac ‘n’ cheese lunch there, in fact. Ah, the changes that take place in 27 years.

Ultimately, it was a very good ride and a very good day. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and accomplished my very simple goal–riding for the sake of riding. I’m sure I burned a few excess calories as well as giving my legs a decent workout plus, I feel less like a lazy old man–or a pussy.

So, the ride today was a success. I’m back in the groove. Funny how simple life can be; how a simple thing like a bike ride can put one’s body–and mind–back into a good place. Now I can’t wait to ride again tomorrow–if only the weather will cooperate. Even if it doesn’t, rain is in the forecast, I’ll probably be out there, pushing myself this time to ride a little harder. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Hope you get yourselves a good ride soon, as well.

Later





A Winter Wonderland…in May

12 05 2010

Here is what we awoke to this morning. Was I crazy to return to Colorado? How do I ride in this? (Actually, the streets are merely wet..but just the thought of riding in this, it’s 32 degrees this morning, is daunting.)

“I’m dreaming of a white bike ride…Just like the ones I’ve never done…” (Sung to White Christmas)








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