First Snow Ride

I am pretty sure that the person or persons that decided to add Gortex to Sidi shoes should indeed win some form of International award…perhaps in the Nobel category. Furthermore, I am sure that if ever given the opportunity I will indeed kiss (with tounge) that person or people who brought together such a wicked awesome combination of Sidi and Gortex.

The other day on Facebook I threw out the quote “Its December, in Michigan, there is snow….get over it.” In response to all of the epic whining going on about the snow. Because it’s pretty much a guarantee that the snow will fly here in the Mitten state. Last week it did which led me to the belief that I would be relegated to trainer rides until at least March. Me being me, which is to say Me having a few screws loose in the brain matter that sits atop my neck I decide to go ride anyway, because lets just face the facts I have pretty much ridden in worse. I layer up and hit the road, cold…no big deal, wind…who cares, snow….I spit at you snow! Here in the Mitten we have some killer road crews that can clear a road while most people are still watching Good Morning America and slugging down quadruple espressos. I found side of the road actually quite hospitable, albeit a tad wet and perhaps a tad muddy. It’s all in the equipment I say, the warm shoes, the insulated tights, the warm gloves, the bike that can plow through snow drifts when you want it to, all of it lent to a good ride in otherwise miserable conditions. I will be working on adding a gas heater to my garage though because it is simply just not fun to strip down to your riding shorts in a 20 degree garage so you don’t track mud and slush into the house.

11 thoughts on “First Snow Ride

  1. Ok. Now I have a mental image of you standing in a garage in nothing but your riding shorts in my head.
    Eye bleach. Where is my eye bleach!?
    BTW. I just noticed you have Flogging Molly in your cycling tunes. I knew you were a man of good taste.

    1. Eye bleach…..I am DEAD SEXAY!

      When I lived in NC I went to a Mighty Mighty Bosstones show at the Brewery in Raleigh…which is a club about as big as my bathroom….anyway…Flogging Molly was the opening act. That was in the spring of 2000, they pretty much destroyed the place, been a fan ever since. You would think that since the fiddle player lives in the Detroit burbs we would see them here a little more often than the twice a year we get but nay. They always seem to pop in on their Green 17 tour which is always cool.

  2. Tested my new cold weather gear this weekend. Did two hours or so in the mid 30’s and was toasty. Wish I had those boots though(a little froze toes did occur). The jacket I recommended to you performed very well. Just my 2 cents.

  3. Gene, you’re inspiring the world. While I didn’t get winter shoes, I did buy neoprene booties (which should be fine for the relatively mild Jersey Shore winters) and picked up my first “base layer” today. Been riding sporadically , but still getting to the gym for a little cardio. As a matter of fact, I snuck in a half-hour tonight on my way home from work.

    I’m toying with the idea of picking up a mountain bike too. The group I ride with on Saturdays hits the singletrack on Sundays in the winter months. I borrowed one from a guy with WAY TOO MUCH MONEY TO SPEND ON BIKES and had a great time. 10 miles in the woods was like 30 on the road.

    Dough…..what was the jacket you recommended? I’m in the market.

    1. It was a 2008 Hincapie Kevlar jacket. I picked it up off of for $60. They sold out of the jackets, but you may want to check out the vest. You can get them off of… Nevermind they sold those out too. I wish I could be more help…

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