I salvaged the weekend as best I could. Saturday we did get in our group ride. It was near 40 degrees. I rode my cross bike for the last time. From this point on its all winter bike. Cross bike will be for sale soon. I’ll miss the Di2.
Sunday I woke to fair weather but rain was for sure moving in. I drove out to the park to check out the snowmobile and groomer. The guys have everything in working order and is good to go.
So all we have to do is wait. In fact tonite and tomorrow will call for a few inches. Weather dudes say 3 to 5. So that means most likely two.
Looking ahead as I always do its does not look good for snow to stick yet. The graphic you see here is from johndee.com.
This guy is a private meteorologist thats hires out to private firms or companies when they need to know whats up. He is the most accurate source for snow that I know of. He tells it like it is without having to deal with the media hype that TV stations want their weather guys to do. And here is what he is saying for the next 10 days. What crap. Lets hope the question mark will come into play. But he is never that far off base.
Back to my winter bike. My Surly Disc Trucker will be my ride until maybe March or so. Steel frame. It weighs a ton. Its got 26in wheels that I run 1.5in tires in the summer and 2in tires in the winter. In tour mode it gets me around. Sadly, I did not throw a leg over this bike this summer. Or last summer. The last time I toured was July of 2012.
And here I am truckin’ down the road on that trip. I was heading to northern Wisco. and I remember it was hot. Like 100 degrees. No way I was going to tent in the heat so I stopped by my Mom’s in Green Bay to ditch all the camping stuff and decided to hotel it at nite.
It was just a three day 235 mile ride. It really makes me sad that I have not done this since. I really need to set time aside to do this next summer.
A trip around Lake Michigan would be cool. And pretty easy to do as its been well documented and done a million times. But I would want 10 days or so to do that and Im not so sure I can take that many days off in summer. Or winter for that matter.
Strangely I prefer to go alone. I guess I would not mind a companion but it would be great as long as everyone is on the same page as far as distances and such per day. Who knows, I have always been alone. But kinda planned things out to meet people on the way. Anyhoo, I just need to do this more. Its just one of the many ways you can ride a bike.
So here’s the Trucker in winter mode. Off comes the bags and racks. Off comes the double kick stand and Brooks saddle. Off comes the thinner tires. Throw on some old 2in MTB tires and a lighter saddle and its ready for winter. Ready for the beach rides (did one already!) and the sloppy roads.
After every ride I take two or three buckets of hot water and dump it on the driveline. Even then being a steel frame in spring it gets completely disassembled and every nut and bolt gets some grease. Right down to the fender and rack bolts. Then gets re assembled in tour mode. Ready to go on a vacation.
Next summer Im doing it for real. I mean it.