Please Confirm/Refute Some Observations
Thanks for taking a look. This is my second Winter riding and have some observations about it that may or may not be correct. I try to ride six days weekly this year, regardless of conditions or temperatures. Last year, without studded tires, I took days off whenever ice and snow were persistent on the roads. Glad I bought them this year, I wouldn't have been able to ride since November! I'd just like some feedback about how others feel about these points.
1. It takes way more energy to Winter ride. Good weather rides of 25+ miles are the norm, but here in the Winter I feel lucky to get 8-12 miles done.
2. It's slow....Creeping along on my MTB with studs feels like I'm 100 years old. I feel like rejoicing when the speedo hits double digits on the flats.....ooooh...20mph on clear downhill pavement....I'm riding the Space Shuttle!!!
3. Corollary to point #1 : Part of the energy expenditure is the high concentration levels needed to determine the constantly variable road conditions. In any 100 yard section of roads here you can find sheet ice, loose snow over same, piles from plowed driveways, salty slush, frozen ruts, yada, yada. Picking my line down the road seems to exhaust me as much as pedaling.
3a. Sub corollary to point #1 : Another portion of the energy expenditure is just staying friggin' warm in these conditions....this DOES NOT include misc. expenditures such as constantly wiping a running nose or clearing fogged goggles.
4. Even though I'm fairly sure last Winter wasn't the cause, I just replaced the entire drivetrain on my bike, from BB to the cassette. All that salt and cinder mix can't be doing any favors for those new parts....how soon before it has to be done again? I do try to rinse it off, or at least wipe down the chain after every ride.
I'm sure it sounds like whining; believe me, I'd do 5 miles outside for every mile I wouldn't enjoy on an indoor trainer. I just don't see ANY other cyclists at this time of year and would like to hear your input on these observations. Thanks!