Today the bike club had Ride 18 scheduled. From Lima along Canadice Lake and back, a 40 mile effort. On Thursday night 3-5 inches of snow had fallen and for this morning also some snow showers were forecast. I wasn’t sure about riding in snow showers but during the meetings this week I was looking forward to ride and so I thought I would get up at 8am and see what the weather looked like.
It was very sunny but cold (24F/-4C) – good enough to ride. The next choice was which bike? The ride would go over some small, hilly, country roads and there could still be snow or ice on these roads. Maybe the mountain bike then? A few weeks ago I had the crank on the Trek changed to a compact but hadn’t yet ridden it and I really wanted to try it out. Thus, weather and snow be damned, the road bike it shall be! Just noticing that I should replace the handlebar tape; in the picture, they are supposed to be red.
At the parking lot in Lima six riders showed up which was better than I expected. Bob, the ride leader, was there to sign us all in but couldn’t ride himself. He had to work. Off we went. With a headwind it was pretty cold but after turning left onto Livonia Center Road with the wind in the back and the sun it was quite nice. We were riding together, I thought, until some miles further I looked back: nobody there. Odd, I wasn’t going very fast and besides Paul and his daughter are generally faster than me. After the ride I learned that they waited for another cyclist and Paul also had a flat.
With the snow on the trees and the sun it was very beautiful. The second half of the ride was into the wind and quite chilly, especially the downhills. I’m quite pleased with the compact (50×34 instead of 53×39). There’s still a lot of looking back through my legs to see what gear I’m in but that’ll go away after a few rides. On the Johnsson Hill climb the lower gearing was especially pleasing. With the new crank also came a new bottom bracket and the clicking that was there is now gone and so the bike is now wonderfully silent again.
I have new good intentions to take more pictures during the rides. Almost always I take a camera with me and almost always I return with zero pictures. I am also exploring a new skill: taking pictures while riding. This is the first one. A little more practise is still needed it seems…
Yup, that’s me. Back in Lima after the ride. Heroic, no?
Well, actually, to be really impressed you should go and read the Up in Alaska blog and congratulate Jill on her completion of the 2008 Iditarod Trail Invitational, 350 miles in the middle of winter in Alaska. Now that’s herioc.