There is a lot of snow on the trails, temps were in the low 30s, and we just got 3 more inches of snow. Hence, I wasn't going much where on the bike. The snow was deep and my tires were sinking in. I stopped and bled the tire pressure down to 5 psi. Traveling about 3 mph, tires spinning, continuously sliding out and off the bike. My cleats were completely packed with ice and I could not clip into my pedals. Riding with my feet trying to stay on the pedals. If anybody has experienced what it feels like to have your foot slip off the pedal, and the other foot back spin the pedals so the opposite foot gets whacked by the pedal in the shin, you know my pain. Makes a grown person cry. That happened twice in the same spot.
SLIDING IN THE SNOW
FINALLY I AM RIDING AND STAYING ON THE BIKE.
After .85 miles, that is POINT 85 miles, I came to the 'I Quit' position and turned around to go home. BLAHHH!!!! I couldn't get started, I tried to get a start by paddling with one foot to get enough speed to start pedaling, I would finally get going, and spin out shortly afterwards. So out of desperation I let more air out of my tires, I was either going to get this bike to pedal, or have flat tires. I measured later, but I let the air out of my tires until there was less then 3 PSI. Amazing. I could now ride. 4 mph mind you, with sidewalls bulging. But I could stay on the bike. The air psi was so low when I crossed an intersection and was on blacktop the tires would roll off the rims and the front tire would try to turn. It was hard work, but I could stay on the bike and keep pedaling. I rode back to my car, and wondered why am I quitting? I said to myself, "NO YOUR NOT!!"
THE SCENE OF THE CRASH
So back out I went, one crash, 3 hours, and 14 miles latter I could say I had a good ride.
The weather people are talking below zero Fahrenheit temps in the middle of this week. That will freeze this soft snow, hard. That will make a much improved riding surface. I will try to get mileage in versus hours
My HAPPY ENDING, watching the Super Bowl with my favorite team bear on my shoulders, drinking a cold one. OK here's a quiz. What "word" is my beer can blocking on my sweat shirt?