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Sure it was a little cold, just not too cold.(21 posts)

Sure it was a little cold, just not too cold.MB1
Feb 2, 2004 6:22 AM
It was 10 degrees Saturday morning as we headed out the door.

First we and to make it out the alley through the remnants of the last weeks storms.
Everything in sight was frozen.MB1
Feb 2, 2004 6:25 AM
The Potomac River and every other body of water around here were frozen solid. We of course are not completely bodies of water so we were nice and warm with the winds at our back.

Miss M pointing out another patch of ice as I try to frame a picture of her and the Jefferson Memorial.
A whole lot of sliding going on.MB1
Feb 2, 2004 6:28 AM
Even though we planned to keep to cleared roads we kept running into sections where the snow had drifted across the road.

Notice the flag blowing straight out from the pole. Every time we turned into the wind it hurt what little bit of exposed skin we had around our facemasks.
Plowed single-track.MB1
Feb 2, 2004 6:33 AM
Sometimes the cleared sections were only wide enough for a single car. Fun for bikes though.
Enough of this nonsense.MB1
Feb 2, 2004 6:36 AM
After about 80 miles we headed home hung up the road bikes and got ready for some more cycling fun.
Unplowed single-track.MB1
Feb 2, 2004 6:40 AM
We switched bikes and headed out into the late afternoon to enjoy some real fun in the snow. Even with the studded tires riding in snow is hard work and it wasn't long before we were shedding layers.

As it turned out Saturday wasn't cold at all.
O.K. this just might be a little cold.MB1
Feb 2, 2004 6:44 AM
What with the crummy weather we have been having this winter we have rarely left DC on our rides. Sunday we decided to get out of town.

Oh well, at least the winds were calm.
Have mercy!The Walrus
Feb 2, 2004 5:22 PM
Looking at that temperature display, I just realized my
i freezer
doesn't get that cold.

Is it any warmer on weekdays, when Congress is in session and all that hot air gets generated?
Is 5 degrees twice as cold as 10 degrees?MB1
Feb 2, 2004 6:49 AM
It was so cold we didn't mess around at the start; we just sped right out of the parking lot and started working hard.

Actually with the sun shining and no wind we were more comfortable at 5 degrees then we were on Saturday when it was twice as warm but the winds were howling.

At least we had the roads to ourselves.
We don’t do this much.MB1
Feb 2, 2004 6:56 AM
In the cold weather Miss M and I road much faster than we usually do. Normally when there isn't any traffic we just ride side by side talking away. Not Sunday.

Miss M tucked in on my wheel
Snow bound.MB1
Feb 2, 2004 6:59 AM
By the time we finished on Sunday it had warmed up quite a bit, as had we.

Once again we had even unzipped some; turns out it wasn't cold at all.
Feb 2, 2004 7:03 AM
What size chain rings are on Miss M's bike.They seem smaller than standard 53/39.I just hand 46/36 installed on one of my bikes.
Triples on our road bikes.MB1
Feb 2, 2004 7:16 AM
I can pull stumps with the gears on my Rambouillet, 26/39/48. Miss M normally runs a harder gear than I do so her bikes are all set up with 30/42/52.
Bonus training miles.MB1
Feb 2, 2004 7:01 AM
Most Sundays this year we have gone for an evening hike around the city. After a nice days riding it is nice to slow down a bit.

It turns out that traction isn't much better on foot.
River and town.MB1
Feb 2, 2004 7:04 AM
The bike trails that we normally zip along were covered in snow and ice. Walking gave us a nice chance to slow down and really enjoy the views.

Miss M crossing the frozen Potomac River with the Key Bridge and Georgetown in the background.
Homeward bound.MB1
Feb 2, 2004 7:06 AM
It started to cool off pretty fast as the sun went down.

Miss M heading home along Washington Harbor.
Feb 2, 2004 7:11 AM
We were treated to a nice moonlit walk as we headed up the Capital Crescent Trail.

We finally turned off the trail at this pedestrian tunnel under the C&O Canal to home and a well-earned dinner.
It was another fun winter weekend although if the weather ever does turn bad we just might break out the trainers.

OK, I've got a question...biknben
Feb 2, 2004 7:20 AM
How are you managing to take these pics while riding? With fingerless gloves in the summer is one thing. What's your technique for this time of year? Are you able to do it with gloves on?

The gloves that I ride with in those temps are way to bulky. I'm riding my FG more because shifting gears is a problem with my warmest gloves. On a recent ride, I sat up while riding (no handed), removed my glove and tucked it under my arm. I took the picture and went to put the camera away. As luck would have it, I had to check my balance at that point and dropped my glove.

Glad to see you two toughing it out again and again. Strangely, your temps were lower than mine this weekend.
Soft gloves and pushing hard.MB1
Feb 2, 2004 7:30 AM
I have a set of stiff gloves that are impossable to shoot with. When I use my soft gloves taking pictures is fairly easy to do.

Of course in the winter nothing is all that easy.
re: Sure it was a little cold, just not too cold.kai-ming
Feb 2, 2004 5:43 PM
It gives me inspirations everytime I see your report.
It is real thrill to me, an asian, to see nice pictures of cycling in snowy/icey places. I feel scary just to see picture of Miss M riding on the icy lane, I will be very reluctant to do it even with my knobby mtb.
Your ride reports inspire me too.MB1
Feb 2, 2004 6:25 PM
I love the way you guys just go out and ride somewhere that is new and interesting.

The point is always on the ride not the bikes.

Let's ride.