Last winter, we headed south for a few months to escape the worst of the cold weather. We had planned to do the same this year. After much discussion though, Marilyn and I decided that given the pandemic and the dire predictions of what the next few months might bring, we just weren’t up for interstate travel. So, we are staying safely hunkered down at home.
So, as I headed out on my ride yesterday, I had preparing for winter on my mind. And in Vermont, when people think of preparing for winter, they think firewood. Surprisingly, I didn’t see as much as expected, but here’s just a couple.
Continuing on the theme of preparing for winter, I decided I should do some preparation myself. Back a few years ago when I still had my mountain bike, I used to put studded tires on it in the winter to ride the snowy and icy gravel roads. When I got my new Salsa, I gave the mountain bike (along with the tires) away, thinking a gravel bike was all I needed. Needless to say, every winter since I’ve missed having that bike. Much as I’d like to buy a new bike just for winter riding (I’m slowly being convinced I need an Ogre), I decided the compromise was to get some studded tires for my current bike. Luckily, I found a gift certificate for our local bike shop that I had gotten last Christmas and never used.