|The orange Mercian has been tuned up and waiting for a ride since before Christmas. Sorry, not today friend.|
|Damned liberals and their weather controlling magic.|
I know that as soon as I say something like "it's too cold to ride," some overly smug bastard will humblebrag that he doesn't really start feeling the cold until it gets down to -20°, so he might have cut his ride short to "only" an hour.
|"If your eyeballs aren't frozen solid in their sockets, you're just a fair-weather chicken-livered pantywaist creampuff."|
In any case, when it gets like this, and I can't get out to ride, my next favorite thing to do is work on a bike project. For instance, last winter (and spring) I had this one:
And the previous year, I had this one:
A few years back, I refurbished this old Trek mixte for my wife:
Building wheels is a fun project, too:
Unfortunately, I don't currently have a bike project. I'll end up doing some maintenance on some of the bikes in my current fleet, but both of the retro-kids need braces, so I don't anticipate any new (old) bikes for me in 2018. Hell, I'd settle for building up a new (old) bike for someone else if they were paying the tab.
If you can't tell, it's January 1, and I've already got winter blahs.
I did recently pick up a copy of a new book on restoring vintage bikes, so I'll just have to hunker down and get some vicarious enjoyment out of someone else's old bike projects. I'll put up a post with more info about the book in the near future.
Wherever you are, I hope your new year gets off to a good beginning. If anyone has a bike-related new year's resolution to share, feel free to leave a comment. Who knows? You just might inspire someone.
Happy New Year, Brooks! Thanks for the tip on that book. This year's New Year's ride was scrubbed for similar reasons- streets are clear but it's too damned cold! Maybe by March...ReplyDelete
I second the tip on the restoration book! Love your bikes; especially the Mercian and the way you have it racked and bagged. Gorgeous. Hope you can ride it soon.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year!
Two words: studded tiresReplyDelete
Recommendation: 45Nrth is better than Schwalbe