This morning was the first frosty morning in while and we’ve had good weather till now, but I’ve been rolling on ice tyres for some time, all prepared for worse weather that never came.
So this morning I set off from my house, feeling chilled but starting to warm up by the time I reach the end of the road, I flew past unhappy looking people scraping the ice off their car windscreens and I was reminded of how much I enjoy the feeling of watching others scrap their cars and shiver in winter. They are running late, the car won’t start, the car is iced up, everyone is rushing, everyone is angry. I’m happy, warming up with every stroke and not long before I’m overheating and stripping off to the envious looks of the ice scraping car lovers.
It was -2 celsius but I was still wearing shorts, for some reason it didn’t seem cold enough for tights, but it probably was 🙂
Winter is a nice time to ride (though I say that about any time to be honest) but it does require careful and planned cycling. My Schwalbe Marathon Winter tyres really do help gripping a frosty road, but even so, the best form of defence is “to go careful”, slow movements, no sharp turns, plan your route, plan your speed (and reduce it) and so on.