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Ride Report: Cold, but dry. Did I mention it was cold???(12 posts)

Ride Report: Cold, but dry. Did I mention it was cold???noveread
Feb 16, 2003 7:36 PM
Okay, so it's cold, really cold, but not really, really cold. My wife thinks I'm nuts for riding outside today but it could have been worse, like in DC or Philadelphia! Anyway, its 20deg with NE winds at 15mph. Pretty cold.

From what rides I have done outside, I have got my clothing pretty dialed in for temps from 15deg and up. Here, I am wearing my packing tape altered helmet, dog earz and balaclava on the head. On the torso I have a short sleeve jersey, arm warmers, long sleeve jersey, fleece jersey, wind vest and wind jacket (it's really windy!). On the legs I have shorts, leg warmers, knickers and tights. On the feet I have med-weight wool socks, toe warmers and neoprene booties. On the hands I will be wearing fleece liner gloves and cannondale gloves (this combo is awesome).
The ride...noveread
Feb 16, 2003 7:38 PM
Here's my ride for the day, my early 90s Bianchi Alfana with Ultegra 600 8-speed. The tires are Axial Kevlars.
I'm off...noveread
Feb 16, 2003 7:41 PM
I head northeast into the wind. It is the logical choice of course, but the only downer is that this is a very hilly direction to ride. I probably should have just gone north then turned around back south. Oh well, I'm definitely going to get a good workout. Did I mention it was windy?
Lake Kegonsa...noveread
Feb 16, 2003 7:43 PM
The first part of the ride is due north, and takes me past Lake Kegonsa, quite frozen except for the outflow into the Yahara River under the bridges...
Ice fishing anyone?noveread
Feb 16, 2003 7:45 PM
Those little specks out on the ice are ice fishing shanties. At least they were out of the wind (did I mention it was windy?)
Time to head east...noveread
Feb 16, 2003 7:47 PM
I make my first turn to head east and start getting into the first hills a short time later. This one is pretty small, but there is very little flat ground from now on.

All I can say is at least it was sunny...
North? No, no, no... go SOUTH please...noveread
Feb 16, 2003 7:50 PM
Having gone generally northeast my legs and heart are screaming to stop this madness. On one particularly long and very steep hill heading due north, the slope and wind had reduced me to 8-9mph. Ugh. this road looks north to another modest hill. I think I have gone far enough, time to head south...
Roads were dry and clear, except from drifting...noveread
Feb 16, 2003 7:53 PM
Roads were dry and clear except for where the strong winds we've had over the last 5 days have drifted snow over the roads. This one is not bad as there was a strip of pavement (albeit wet) for me to gain traction. I almost took a digger three times on different drift sections were the road was completely snow-covered. The axial kevlars had not traction through that snow!
The megalopolis of Utica, Wisconsin...noveread
Feb 16, 2003 7:55 PM
This is the only, er, town I rode through today, Utica, Wisconsin. "Downtown," such as it is, consists of one, 4-way intersection. One corner has a bar, another has the general store (picture), the third has a use car dealership (!), the fourth is empty!
Oh boy, a hill...noveread
Feb 16, 2003 8:01 PM
I was heading west, the direction of home. This was a nice hill to go down with the wind at my back. Home is a ways off in the distance.

Well, that's it. It was one of the hardest 2 hour rides I've ever done. The wind was absolutely brutal. But at least it was sunny. Roads have been generally clear for us this winter as all, and I mean ALL of the winter storms have gone to our south. The snow you've seen on the ground was the result of a freek winter squall that went through last week dropping 5+ inches of snow in two hours! I guess those of you in the southern part of the midwest and out east have more than made up for our lack of snow!

Hope you enjoyed it!

Nice ride report. Did I mention it looks cold there?! :-) -nmTig
Feb 17, 2003 7:34 AM
Your wife is correct. Good report! (nm)Crankist
Feb 17, 2003 7:40 AM