the longest bike ride
This bike ride started on Monday and ended on Friday. And no, before you think I pulled off some week-long marathon trek through the snow, let me explain. I rode to work on Monday morning, was forced to leave my bike on campus for the duration of the snow storm that hit us (including a snow day on Wednesday, during which campus and many business closed), to finally be able to ride it home on Friday, when some of the snow melted and the roads were (somewhat) cleared again.
This is what my poor bike looked like on Friday, after a week of campus dwelling…
Winter has been really unpredictable for cycling and if there is one thing I have learned this season is to just enjoy each day that makes cycling possible and to relax when it isn’t. Some days I can hop on my bike and ride, and on other days, it’s just not possible. Winter cycling really forces you to take a deep breath, relax, and go with the flow.
I’m also happy with my decision to put my nicer bikes in storage and to use my mountain bike for the time being. It makes decisions like last Monday’s – abandoning my bike outside of my office for a week – not very painful ones. Not because of theft (that’s not really an issue here) but because of the wear and tear that comes with winter riding. Or rather – not riding – when your bike gets abandoned under a heap of snow to only be dug out a week later. Poor, poor Nerp.
I miss my lovely vintage bikes but I know they’re better off protected at home for now. And the wider mountain bike tires also makes riding on terrain such as this much more feasable…
This weekend I’ve been back on the bike, riding to work for those obligatory few hours in the office, and enjoying the sunshine despite the cold. I’m hoping that this coming week fares better than the last. But hey, if it doesn’t, I’ll ride when I can and won’t when I can’t…that’s winter cycling for you. Stay warm out there! ~ S.