I #lovemnwinter! Today, I love knowing how to ride with ICE.
By Lee Penn
It's February, and it feels like March.... or even April!
I had a glorious weekend of riding that featured warm temperatures and good friends and MILES!!!
Lots of miles...
It felt like SPRING!
This kind of weather - with temperatures cycling above freezing and below freezing spells ICE.
When the weather cycles above and below freezing, it takes a while for the surface temperature to catch up to the average air temperature. This means that mornings and evenings can be treacherous because ICE!
The main roads tend to be free of ice even when the side streets and bike paths are covered in it.
RIDE -- get out there because winter riding is terrific -- definitely better than the trainer!
ROUTE -- choose your route according to the conditions etc....
- Your lights!!!! Sun still sets early!
- You can take the lane.
- You cannot TURN on ice - maintain forward momentum..... If in doubt, get off and walk the scary section.
ROAD CONDITIONS --
- POTHOLES - there are new potholes everywhere...
- Main roads are better when it's icy
My ice filled weekend:
Friday - my lovely sweetie and I went on a walking date, with dinner after about 3.5 miles of walking. After the sun went down, water on the sidewalks and streets cooled, and ice reformed. It was treacherous to walk on the sidewalks!
Saturday - A bunch of my friends and I hit the road at 730 to enjoy some fast paced riding, with some sprints thrown in. The temperature was 36 when I left our house. SOOOOO LOVELY! But, the ground temperature was substantially lower than the air temperature, which meant there was a lot of ice! With the cloudy skies, the ice persisted until quite late in the morning. One of our group went down and tore up their brand new tights and bloodied their knee.... They are okay, though!!!! And still glad to have ridden. I got off to walk through several meters-long icy sections....
Sunday - A bunch of my friends and I hit the road at 800... Similar story - ice patches everywhere, but the sun came out, and most the ice had melted by 9.... We rode to Rosemont and had just a lovely lovely ride.
Read about this collaborative challenge to love one thing about winter everyday in February, and post about it on this blog. Tweet your own loves: #lovemnwinter @greaseragmpls, or check out last year's #lovemnwinter posts.