Riding on dry pavement/sand/salt
I live in a Minneapolis suburb - recently bought some cold weather gear to get out in our relatively mild winter. The paved roads have plenty of leftover sand/salt on the shoulder - the street cleaner road sweepers will not be out for another 3-4 weeks. I have been riding my old Trek mountain bike with 2.125 knobbies - some cool dry days with no big problems with the sand. Last week I was passed by several roadies. I have been itching to get my 05 Allez Elite out of the house and off the trainer, but I am pretty tentative about all that sand on the road. Am I being too paranoid about the narrow road tires? I generally ride on the wide shoulders of the bike lanes where most of the sand ends up and pretty much stay out of the traffic lane - especially on the late afternoon rush hour when I can get out after work. I have only been riding the road bike since last fall and stopped riding outdoors then when it got cold. I have been enjoying the cold weather now with the proper gear and getting out more - I don't have a job where I could commute, but I would love to. Any advice on the sand/pavement and narrow road tires? Thanks!