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What were we thinking? (Ride Report)…(18 posts)

What were we thinking? (Ride Report)…biknben
Jan 18, 2004 6:37 PM
"cmgauch" (aka Chris) and I got together on Sunday for a ride. Unfortunately, mother nature had called for a wintry mix to make things interesting for us. I went North to his place which is about 1/2 hour West of NYC.

Snow had turned to rain at my place. That all changed as I went North. I saw multiple accidents on the way. One of which was in my rear view mirror (close call). By the time I got to Chris's it was a mix of sleet and snow.

Here's the radar. It's from a few hours
i after
the ride but you'll get the idea.

Chris rode his cross bike. I called on my most versatile bike to keep me company. I rode SS today with studded cross tires.

Thursday's snow had left 4 inches or so. We were dealing with a new inch of ice and snow.

Notice that hesitant smile. :-) I too was wondering if this was a good idea.

Cont.... (Ride Report)biknben
Jan 18, 2004 6:40 PM
Within a half hour the sleet was now all snow. Traffic was pleasantly low for the first half of the ride. We took a quick break to eat under an overhang. Chris is noticing the ice forming on his drivetrain.

This is where I began to realize how much it was snowing. Let's see...We're an hour from home and conditions are really bad...might as well keep going.

Cont... (Ride Report)biknben
Jan 18, 2004 6:43 PM
There would be no pictures taken while riding today. During a pee break we took some pics of each other.



The snow was getting deeper.

The studded cross tires help, but it was still sketchy. Chris got a laugh as I did low cadence intervals over a couple climbs. Half of each pedal stroke was wasted and you could hear the studs scraping on the pavement.
Cont... (Ride Report)biknben
Jan 18, 2004 6:45 PM
Two less cars on the road as a result of this. The honda slid in a turn and hit this Maxima head on. We arrived a few minutes afterwards. The driver of the maxima is still in the driver's seat. All the airbags deployed. We didn't hang around to see how she was.

Cont... (Ride Report)biknben
Jan 18, 2004 6:47 PM
Now nearing home. I got a little ahead on a climb and take pictures at the crest.

Hey, wait for me.

Thankfully, we made it home completely unscathed. It was at just the right time too. I was furtunate to have been comfortable for the entire ride but my hands were starting to get wet.

I had put the bike in the hatch for the morning trip. Now covered with snow and ice, it would not get the special treatment.

All told, we were out for over 2.5 hours, managed only 35 miles, and I'm spent.
Cont... (Ride Report)Woof the dog
Jan 18, 2004 9:30 PM
I've ridden in a weather like this on a cross bike. Its totally doable as long as you don't lean much. AND ITS FUN!!!

Thanks for that great winter ride reportaOldMan
Jan 19, 2004 4:50 AM
I really enjoyed the ride report and the pictures. It is good to see that i am not the only one out in the snow and ice.

For your info, 25 miles in 2.5 hours is not too bad. On saturday I was able only to do 16 miles in 2 hours. The snow was so deep in spots the bike would just stop! Not great for doing distance.

Biking in the snow and ice is great fun if you are equiped. But please tell me spring is coming...
I wish i had someone willing to ride with mewitcomb
Jan 19, 2004 5:47 AM
That looks like a blast, sadly it is -20°C and a foot of snow. I really like the rocky, is that a stock bike or did you build it up? I've never seen a stock rocky mountain cyclocross bike.
The Rockycmgauch
Jan 19, 2004 9:10 AM
It's a stock Rocky Mtn Rail, except for some ATB fenders (all the LBS had), which I mutilated & installed when I realized Ben was serious about the ride. The bike is 7005 (rack/fender mounts)/Ritchey/105/Avid & has been great in all conditions.
Jan 18, 2004 10:49 PM
i've got a really similar surly setup, and have done a few of the same type of rides on it. works great for it, esp fixed! running clip on fenders, though.

looks like fun!
OK, after seeing that, I'm going out today...innergel
Jan 19, 2004 8:14 AM
Makes me fell like a wuss for thinking of riding the trainer instead of outside today. It's 35 with a north wind. But it's sunny and dry.

Man, I do sound like a wuss :-) But then again, this is Texas and we don't take to the cold too well. Give me 104 and a south wind and I can ride forever though!

Great pics Ben!
Anything but the rollers!cmgauch
Jan 19, 2004 8:48 AM
I'm glad Ben dragged my butt out there, it never would have happened otherwise. A little nutty, riding in a freezing rain/ice/snow storm, but once you got out there it was all good. I felt bad at first riding gears while Ben rode SS, but got over it.

Rides like that always make me wonder if there are any harmful chemicals in road salt though.

Thanks for the report, Ben – my feet get cold just looking at it.
Harmful for the bike.bimini
Jan 19, 2004 9:03 AM
The sand and salt takes a toll on the drive train, hubs bushings and bearings.

Other than that it is a lot of the same types of salt they add to Gatoraid and the such.

The oil film and road grim you pick up and throw on yourback side and legs after and during a rain is probably much more harmful.
I ingested plenty of bothcmgauch
Jan 19, 2004 9:19 AM
We ran over lots of big, pink babyheads of DOT road salt.

Drafting in a snowstorm – what WERE we thinking?
What? You call that <b>BAD</b>?Dave_Stohler
Jan 19, 2004 4:50 PM
From what I see in those photos, you've only got 1/3 the snow we have here. It got down to -12 the other night! Wuss.
Nope, I'm not riding in thses conditions. Too slushy, and the salt eals away at my components. I'll pull my x-country skis out and go for a nice 10-mile schuss.
"Conditions" not only refer to weather...biknben
Jan 20, 2004 6:14 AM
I don't know where you located but I bet it's far from us. Try putting this in perspective. We were riding in one of the most densely populated areas of the country. We were not just dealing with
i weather
conditions. Traffic, narrow roads, and ineffective snow removal adds to the adverse weather conditions.

We would have be more than happy to ride on some untraveled farm roads of the mid-west. This ride was not the same.
Looks like you guys had fun & overcame depressing conditionsvelocity
Jan 20, 2004 9:08 AM
What scares me about riding in the NYC metro area in such weather is the woeful traffic (been listening to a lot of Walt "Clyde" Frazier's colorful Knick commentary lately), slick road conditions, and lots and lots of salt. Between gusty winds, freezing temps, poor road surfaces, iffy drivers, and the increased difficulty of avoiding problems due to these conditions, it can be a real drag (literally and figuratively).

Up until now I'd been enjoying the cold and snow -- but not this weekend. Had had a rough work week and the frigid temps and freezing rain/snow did me in. Didn't go to the gym. Didn't get on a bike. One bright spot: a run with my wife.
Nope-only 200 miles awayDave_Stohler
Jan 20, 2004 4:55 PM
And I'm still in New York, too! We've had 60' of snow since new years, and it's piling up high. Add to that the urban traffic (yes, I, too, live in a city) and I'll still say that you've got to be nuts to ride a road bike (or anything worth more than $100) in those conditions.
I used to ride an old hybrid, fitted out with Nokian studded tires through the winter. It was cold, wet, windy, and it only took 3 months to destroy a new chain, cassette, and bottom bracket. I figure that it cost me $.35/mile to ride in the winter. My Toyota costs less to drive. I ski in the winter now-much safer, cleaner, and cheaper.