Brendan put on a great Eel and there was much bike diversity and trail diversity. Only at an Eel will there be a Huffy and a Peter Mooney with pretty much everything in between. I was nervous for Dario's skinny tires, but I think he only weighs 100 lbs - and they were sew ups. We rode train tracks, rooty single track, sheer rock ridge, flood plain powder silt, sand pits, river bluffs, mud truck stomping ground, banked quad tracks, and even some paved roads. The length of the ride was perfect. Tired, but not bonked.
This is a time of change. Change of season. Change of outlook. Changing out my summer clothes for the bin of wool socks and layers. Putting on gloves in the morning and considering when it will be time to christen my new winter shoes. Cold weather is a welcome change to me. It gives me an excuse to pull out the feather comforter and double up my socks. Things summer just won't support. Tomorrow morning will be in the 30's and I'll get out the light gloves.
|The Eel busted my saddle rail, but Terry said they would warranty. Excellent.|
Feet are second, and become more important if the ride gets to be more than a half hour. During the winter in Connecticut the roads are often clear and I'll go out for multi-hour rides with the temperature in the teens or 20's. I'm seriously addicted to clipless pedals, which are evil when it comes to heat conduction away from your feet. This summer (looking for sales) I upgraded to Lake MXZ303 boots. They look much hardier than any other winter cycling shoe I've ridden, and I bought up a couple sizes for extra wool sock layers. I have a suspicion that this year will be nearly into the comfort zone for my feet, whereas last year there was some near frostbite. I'm getting ahead of myself. It's not that cold out yet, and if you're bagging you bicycle commute right now you are an intolerable wimp.
In honor of the change of season I'll be making the work-a-day-commute a little less lonely with the first IceBike to Work of the season. Thursday, October 31st, we will be informally meeting for breakfast at Maddie's in East Hartford. Maddie's is on Main Street, right across the street from Pratt & Whitney. Anyone passing by on bicycle, walking, or just curious about non-car transportation modes can stop by between 7AM-8AM and they will find some folks to chat with. It seems the folks in Canada really take their winter bicycle commuting seriously. They have an international conference or some such in February - International Cycling Congress. Registration for the conference is north of $300 - that is f'ing serious.
Reminders for some upcoming bicycle goodness:
- Aforementioned IceBike to Work on Thursday, October 31st.
- There is this mysterious under promoted cyclocross race on November 5th in Colt Park. I live right next to Colt Park, so I guess I'll wander down there to see what kinds of carbon, cross specific curiosities show up.
- Sunday, November 10th. Traffic Skills 101 Course. Taught by yours truly and the honorable Chris Brown. Registration is open, but capped at 20 students. Last I heard we already had 11 registered.
- Tuesday, November 12th. Bike Walk Connecticut Annual Dinner and Silent Auction. If you want to get a seat at my table let me know. All you have to do is hand me two double sawbucks.
|Everybody loves riding the train tracks into Middletown.|