Note to self: Two pairs of wool socks and sneakers is not sufficient for temperatures below 20°F.
Got a quick ride in tonight. It was nice and icy out. My toes went numb and my water bottle froze. I should probably break out the camelbak to put under my jacket, but I hate having those straps all over me.
I think I have decided to hold off on the Karate Monkey for the time being. I’m pretty sure I can configure the Trek to be my “do everything” bike. I found a frame builder to lower the canti studs and cold-set the Trek so it can take 700c wheels and tires. I’m pretty sure I can squeeze a 35 or 37mm tire in there which should be adequate for the kind of trail riding I like to do. Since I can get studded tires in 700c, I will be able to ride the Trek year round.
The frame builder is Oswald Cycle Works in Mansfield, PA. I send so much of my bicycling budget to Minneapolis, Boston, New Orleans, and Walnut Creek, it’ll be nice to spend some loot in upstate Pennsylvania, where the economy had pretty much collapsed.
Mr Oswald made a cool video of how he cuts custom lugs. Check it out!
Today: 8.5 miles
This week: 8.5 miles
February: 18 miles
2007: 76 miles