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More snow

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Note: I wrote this yesterday, but forgot to post it.

We got a few more inches of snow. This morning my commute was quite interesting; many schools and businesses were closed today. There were an inch or two of fresh snow on the roads, and more snow coming down hard. My cassette and rear derailleur got clogged with snow over the course of my ride to work.

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However, I had an absolute blast.

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The Beast handled the snow well, I like the feeling of snow on my face, the way it blankets everything … I really just enjoy riding in this stuff. By the time I arrived at work, I had a silly grin on my face.

My ride home was more or less the same, but more intense.  It was colder, there was more snow on the ground, it was snowing harder, and it was VERY windy. It was snowing sideways!

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Wind blew the snow off roofs, as you can sort of see below.

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7 Responses to “More snow”

  1. furiousBall Says:

    we are getting a ton of that stuff over here!

  2. David Crowell Says:

    I’m assuming you have studded tires on The Beast? I keep putting off purchasing some.

  3. Apertome Says:

    Yes, I do have studded tires on that bike, but I have ridden in the same conditions with normal knobby mountain bike tires, and they work just as well for everything other than ice.

    I only bought the studded tires because I got them cheap, second-hand (but unused). When it comes time to replace them, it’s going to be tough to decide whether it’s worth paying full price for a new pair. I probably will, but man, they’re expensive.

  4. Doug Says:

    The first winters I commuted through I had clogged cassettes and derailleurs more times than I can count. At some point it just stops shifting. Since we have frequent 1-2″ snowfalls some winters I finally switched to a fixed gear and then a Nexus 8-speed IGH. It solved that problem pretty nicely.

  5. Chandra Says:

    Dang, that’s a lotta snow! I love your Koga Miyata. I was just recently on Koga’s site checking out their Traveller with Rohloff. They look so cool and so well equipped!

    Have fun!

    Peace 🙂

  6. doc Says:

    You don’t have a cassette heater that runs off of a dynohub? Gee, that must be an old bike.

  7. Apertome Says:

    Doc … that was hilarious, thanks for the laugh!

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