"They" the infamous they that always knows everything were calling for snow for Sunday evening. The forecast was for somewhere in the range of 2"-4". Not really cause for panic, I just dug out my shovel and stayed indoors in my toasty warm abode.
I had wanted to test out my handy dandy new Park Tools Bike Work Stand but before I could, I had to make some room, so I stripped off the parts I wanted from an old abandoned Royce Union frame and led it out ignominiously to the curb, it saddened me! But what saddened me more was the prediction of snow. I had wanted to ride in to the city, but mother nature conspired against me. Ok we ride today! I'll call Dan and see if Joe is crazy enough to go to!
After lunch at about 1pm my phone rang, I casually thumbed open my flip phone without checking the call ID. It was crazy old man Garuch, had I been cautious and checked the phone number, I would have sent him straight to voicemail. Garuch barked into the phone, "Whaddaya Doin'?"
Dan replied, "Nothing, what are you doing?"
Gary stated, "Its going to snow. Cedar Creek 3pm!"
Dan countered, "Mountain Bikes?"
Gary questioned, "Road Bikes?"
Dan instructed, "Mountain bikes!"
Gary laughed, "Fine!"
Dan Responded, "Later on!" and hung up the phone.
Change in plans, I was ready to service my old Royce for the city trip, or Dale for the Road Ride today, but instead I grabbed the Mtn. Bike, cleaned the chain and running gear, pumped up the tires to 65 lbs (which is over the limit), and got it ready to roll! Glancing at the clock, I was hard up against the time! Fortunately, being always prepared, I grabbed the clothes I set aside for the city run and got dressed! Cannondale tights, Sugoi Winter weight Jersey, Polypropylene Long Johns, Rudy Project Socks under woolen ones, an Insport Windbreaker, and a Polar Hood Completed the outfit.
Looking at the clock I saw that it was 2:40pm, now where is my gear? I tore up the house looking for all my gear that had been stored since last year. Outdoor Research Fleece Balaclava, Pearl Izumi Fleece lined tights, Cannondale Wind Pants, Trek Neoprene Booties, Cannondale Windshredder Gloves, Biemme winter weight jacket...I threw in everything but the kitchen sink. But I didn't care, riding is great no matter what temperature it is outside, as long as you don't get cold. I was running late, so there would be no time to prep my ride. I hustled out to the garage and grabbed my Trek 6000 mtb down off its perch and pumped the tires up to 60 PSI and rolled out.
I mixed up some Elete Hyrdation concentrate and some tap water, ran outside and opened the garage door just as Dan was rolling up!
Rolling up to Gary's house I found him in his usual state of dispreparedness, huddled in his garage mumbling something about a bottle cage and a Big Mouth. Joe pulled up shortly after, on his 2 wheeled roadie steed.
I had never mounted a water bottle cage on my mtn. bike so, in two seconds I stripped one off of Dale and fitted it to my Cannondale mtn. bike and was ready to roll! I have to remember to purchase a Delta bottle cage from our store when it opens!
Gary jumped on his Cannondale F300 and we peeled out up Seaman Ave, destined for Cedar Creek, or as close as we could get to it before running out of daylight.... The Fridged 26 degree air didn't slow us down but the surplus holiday pounds may have...
It was a sweet ride, ok cold and definitely windy, but Joe and Dan did terrific jobs of setting the pace, and I dawdled along happily dragging the anchor, I gotta adjust those brakes again! (or was it Lee's holiday lasagna?)