I’M BACK IN THE BICYCLING BUSINESS

And let me tell you, it felt great to get back on The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong after about eight days. I think it was my longest cycling hiatus in the last decade and I really have no excuse other than that I seem to have gotten a bit lazy in the last year. Sure, there were a couple of snowstorms, followed by sub-zero temperatures and blizzard-like winds capable of inflicting frostbite on unprotected skin within ten minutes. Sure, the local roads eventually got plowed, but only the busiest of them are down to bare pavement. The rest of them are compacted down to pure glazed ice. Heck, it was hard enough to walk my dog on them, much less ride my bike on them.

Even so, I’ve ridden through those conditions for many years. As I said, I think I’m getting lazier as I approach Medicare age.

Moving on, MY Town’s week of horrible 20 to 40-below-zero wind chills is finally coming to an end. When I started today’s ride it was all the way up to 12-degrees. [That’s ABOVE zero (F). NICE!] Now I have a few pictures to show from my icy, snowy ride.

Here is my favorite river–the Mighty Mississippi–completely frozen over during this week’s deep freeze.

The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong got stuck while climbing this big mountain created by a snowplow.

Hard-packed snow is almost as slippery as ice. I forgot that fact, got a little careless, and took my second fall of the year.

I guess that was Mother Nature’s revenge for suffering ZERO falls last year. Neither my body nor my bike suffered any injuries this time, but, of course, the people in two cars behind were witnesses to me being sprawled out on the street.

An impressive display of icicles

Ice on wires. Ice on little tree branches. Ice on a faucet. My shadow waving goodbye.

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

7 response to "I’M BACK IN THE BICYCLING BUSINESS"

  1. By: DJG Posted: December 27, 2022

    Greg, good to see you’ve made it back out on the bike, not sure I would fancy joining you even in today balmy temps.
    In a previous post you had a photo of ice fisher-men’s tents, how thick would that ice need to be?
    I ask the question as around the same time four young boys in the north of England drowned after breaking though the ice on a lake, it was so very sad.

    • By: gregblood Posted: December 28, 2022

      I think they recommend at least 3″ of ice before walking on it and more than ten inches before driving on it. Almost every year, there are stories of people falling through ice that isn’t thick enough, and usually it seems to involve cars. I know I would never drive a car onto any lake, no matter how thick the ice is. Pretty risky thing to do just to catch a few fish.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 27, 2022

    Conditions here weren’t essentially different from yours apart from we didnt have but a minor amount of snow.
    Been off the outdoor cycling for several days now as well — lots of trainer time.

    Warming up starting tomorrow, but it comes with a price of 40/50 mph winds from the south.

    Yikes on the spill with two cars behind you!!

    • By: gregblood Posted: December 28, 2022

      Yes, it looks like temps in the 30’s for the next ten days here, but without the winds you’re looking at. Lots of clouds though.

  3. By: BobinVT Posted: December 28, 2022

    I can sympathize. It’s been seven days for me, although I’ve got my eye on getting out tomorrow. I just can’t bring myself to put the bike on a trainer indoors though, so I’m sticking to other forms of outdoor exercise.

  4. By: NancyG Posted: December 28, 2022

    Oh my, those icicles are impressive! As is all your weather.
    I am in the same, or similar boat to everyone else about not riding for days! I got in one short errand ride after 7 days of no riding, then the big rains and winds started that have kept me off my bike again.
    Let’s all hang in there, this will end sometime! Like Bob, indoor trainer is not for me. However, I must say that after many days of not being able to get out for a ride does make it easier on a riding day to debate skipping it! Like me this morning 🙄.

  5. By: Suzanne Posted: December 29, 2022

    We had 12° today too! Celsius! I guess I am the only one besides DJG getting ride-able weather. It’s been pretty mild all week, but today was the warmest. Get heated gloves, and the weather gets warm. It’s like putting on your rain jacket, then it won’t rain.
    Those icicles are daunting!

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