We’re having a warm spell. Monday morning, I was amazed how warm it was: 25°F! And that was in the morning, on my way to class. No need for an extra layer of pants, at that temperature. I guess it was particularly jarring since on Friday we had the coldest day of the year. -1°F, with -8°F windchill.
Here’s a shot of the Trucker in school mode. I mounted the milk crate sideways, which means it doesn’t stick back quite as far. This helps handling a little bit. It’s still awkward at times, but I think it’s worth it. Being able to just throw things in and go is very convenient.
I upgraded my rear brake. I’ve never been happy with the stock brakes on the Trucker (Tektro Oryx). The new one’s a Shimano. It does seem to have better stopping power, which was my main goal, but it also has much better modulation. It also takes V-brake cartridge-style pads, which seems like it’ll be convenient when it comes time to replace the pads. I’m not 100% sure yet, but if I continue liking it, I’ll upgrade the front to match.
It got up in the mid-30s Monday, and yesterday too. Yesterday was a particularly beautiful day, the sun shining, warm air, and even some signs of life. Birds were chirping, a woodpecker worked on a tree, squirrels were out and about. Here are some shots from around campus. The light was just beautiful yesterday.
I was impressed with this tree, which apparently has steadfastly refused to give up its leaves.
I’ve seen this bicycle a few times around campus. It’s a beauty.
I couldn’t agree more.
I got out of class early yesterday so that was a great opportunity to go for a ride. I did 20+ miles on the road. It was such a beautiful day that I took the Bianchi out for a spin! That’s the first time I’ve ridden my road bike this year. The roads have just been too snowy and icy. I did encounter a little snow/slush/ice yesterday, but only in a couple of spots. I also rode harder than usual, and it felt great. I wanted to get the most out of the ride, from a training standpoint. I’m amazed at how responsive that bicycle feels, especially after riding the Trucker around with studded tires all the time.
By the end of the ride, my beautiful road bike was covered in sand, salt, and road grime. I have some fenders for it, but I have never actually figured out how exactly to install them. I’ll have to do that soon so next time I won’t make such a mess of the bike.
I really hope I can ride the Bianchi again soon. It’s such a joy to ride, and the miles melt away a lot faster and easier on it than on the Trucker.