Headquarters for the Slender Fungus Cycling Association

Headquarters for the Slender Fungus Cycling Association
Brewers of Hardy Rides.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Riding in The Tundra

Aldrich Road, some clearing

Schwinn Mirada Monster Bike

Aldrich in full ice, max heart rate

Took the Schwinn that was laying in the garbage and brought it in. Had it in the back room and every day I took a look at it wondering what I would do with it. I finally decided to use up the 700x40+ studded tires and make a monster bike that would handle the ice and snow. Front wheel is an ultegra, rear Phil track with a 18t freewheel. Chainring in front is 38 tooth. All the rest of the parts are shit. Rear end of frame is for 26"wheels and front fork is 700C. Had to use some weinmann centerpull brakes in back and cantis in front. Bike was great and I was able to ride for a solid 2 hrs out in the Tundra. Here is a breakdown of what I wore.
Patagonia face mask
Turtle fur neck gator
Mountain wear windstopper hat
patagonia expedition undershirt
Hincapie Tour Jacket with windstopper
Hincapie Leg warmers
bib shorts
wool liner gloves
Outdoor Research Snow Mittens
Oakley Oil Drum Glasses
Liner socks
Produce bag (vapor barrier)
thin wool sock
Lake Boots
Creative Stone mp3 player
Surly flask with Metaxa
Air pump
Repair Kit
No helmet.
Could have had one more layer, like a jersey . Hands were warm, feet tolerable, Nose a bit cold , legs were good. Riding out in the fields is dangerous and it is very easy to catch frostbite.
Tonight I hope to hit the rollers for 30".
Do something,


bluecolnago said...

i use a turtle fur balaclava.... it is almost always warm enough, but today it didn't do it's job 100%. it wasn't terrible, but i felt the cold. i have a new one on the way from craft....

i hear you about riding out in the country in the very cold weather... things can get ugly quick if something goes wrong.

keep riding!

strangelife said...

Monsters shall never die. They simply shapeshift into new monsters.