I like cycling; It's fun, eco-friendly, and suprisingly cheap once you learn how to perform maintenance/repairs for yourself.
However, winter's coming and that's a bummer. 'Cuz I just know they're going to be putting down absolute truckloads of salt and abrasives which won't do sh*t for me as a studded-tire-sporting cyclist except grind my gears and corrode my bike. Not to mention how it stings the eyes and throat when the salt spreader's just ahead of me on the road and the fine particles are left floating in the breeze. Plus the city's leadership appears to be too busy vaunting how progressive and bike-friendly a place this is to do anything about actually clearing snow from bike paths in winter, or so it was last year at least.
Ah yes... It's going to be a bumpy few months, that's for sure.
Then again, once in a while, when quarter inch thick crusts of ice form on anything and everything -- when trees become as crystal, all asphalt turns to ice and the city seems an artic desert; and when, for want of traction, the thunderous, multitudinous killer called big city traffic is temporarily subdued and with it the nagging possibility of dying during the evening commute -- then, rosy-cheeked and tranquil, I'll stand on the pedals, breathe deep the still winter air and remember why I love riding a bike.
Last edited by Plimogz; 11-07-09 at 07:51 AM.
Reason: removed all the sexually explicit profanity I'd previously put in there. Sorry you missed it! :P
ATM it's an Argon 18 Cobalt hybrid, but I'm just now returning from browsing some LBS's for an awesome winter ride and I must admit that I'm finding myself quite unnaturally aroused by some sexy 29ers; there's this nice blue Mamba in particular... Mmmmmm... Yummy...
...swap out the front suspension for a solid steel fork so it doesn't freeze up on me, throw on the Schwalbe Marathons 700's I got last year for my beloved Devinci Copenhagen which was stolen this summer -- R.I.P Copenhagen, and may your thief be condemned to an eternity of fitting torture; perhaps being forced for to walk home in clipless bike shoes through an endless , and equally bus-less, night. **shakes fist at the heavens in a bout of impotent rage**
but yeah, that's it really, I've been riding performance hybrids for 5 years now and now I think I'll get something beefier which I'll have absolutely no qualms about taking out to explore terrain which I've gotten used to systematically avoiding.