How bad can the roads be and still be "safe" to ride? Since December, all the roads in our area have varied from ice sheets (due to an early ice storm) to fresh snow to packed snow and any combination. I've got a Hardrock, so it should be up to riding a less than optimal surface. I've been accumulating the necessary items for cold and dark riding. The only thing holding me back from trying my first winter ride is the condition of the roads. I REALLY want to get out and do something, but am a bit nervous about riding roads where the conditions will be changing so often. The weather is finally climbing out of the single digits, at least for the next few days.
I am still a newbie though, as I only bought the bike in October and have only ridden in a couple of times - I didn't have the necessary cold/dark gear for late fall/early winter riding. To say that I'm a bit frustrated at the moment is an understatement. I WANNA RIDE MY BIKE!!! Since I haven't been able to try riding, I've been focusing my energy on hitting the weights and finishing the basement. But to restate my point, I WANNA RIDE MY BIKE!!!
Okay, rant off.