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Chilly commute this morning

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

It was 12 degrees when I set off on my commute this morning. I put knobbies back on my old mountain bike the night before last in anticipation of the snow we were supposed to get. The snow didn’t come, but I was still glad to have the knobby tires because there were some patches of ice on my way to work. Nothing I couldn’t have handled with slick tires, but I felt a little more secure with the knobbies.

I anticipate the old mountain bike being my main commuter during the winter, but it became abundantly clear this morning that it’s not up to the task in its current state. I couldn’t shift most of the time, and my chain skipped a few times. I think those are two separate problems: a worn chain and cassette, and substandard shifters. I know many of you would suggest going with a single speed or fixed gear, and I have to admit, I’m considering it. The only thing stopping me is that I still want to be able to ride this bike on road rides in addition to commutes and around-town errands, and I don’t think that would be an option with a single gear in these hills.

Fortunately I fared better than the bike, staying fairly warm. My scarf came loose at one point though and I either need to find a better way of securing it or get a neck gaiter. I have a balaclava but I prefer not to wear it when it’s not absolutely necessary. I’m constantly surprised how warm my core stays with just a wicking T-shirt, wool sweater and my Descente Element jacket. These three layers, in various combinations, can keep me comfortable down to at least 12 degrees and probably lower than that, and all the way up to summer temperatures.

One Response to “Chilly commute this morning”

  1. furiousball Says:

    boy, i wouldn’t want to wear a baklava either… oh wait… you’re talking about something different

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