Lovely Ride To Work: Open Thread

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 02

I had an absolute lovely time riding in today.  Roads were empty and not too bad, no traffic, and it wasn’t as cold as I thought it was going to be.  We will see how going home is.

 

EDIT: Ride home was also pretty good.  I slipped and slid all over the Longfellow, but other than that wasn’t too bad.  Been hibernating every since.  I am becoming more and more convinced that a bicycle will do just fine in most weather conditions.  But then again you don’t need to ride in the snow if you don’t want to.

For those of you that asked, I ride a fixed gear aluminum bicycle, with 25mm slick gator-skin hard shells on them year round rain/snow/shine.  I am sure snow tires, or something else would be better, but this is what I am used to so this is what I go with.

 

Anyone else ride?  Share you stories.  Open thread below.


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4 Responses to “Lovely Ride To Work: Open Thread”

  1. By Kate on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    How was the ride home? I have road tires on my bike, so snow means commuter rail for me! I saw one biker on my walk to the train station at around 3:30 and she looked miserable, no traction for her or more importantly, the cars around her. Yikes! very scary…

  2. By david on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    Ride in on SW Corridor was fine at around 8 AM. DCR was already plowing it. Saw only one other rider. After NU, Columbus Ave all the way to downtown was okay as there was minimal traffic and there was only an inch or two of snow. My studded (Nokian) tires handled it well.

    Ride back at 5 PM was different. Streets were layered with packed/frozen slush. The studded were not helping much. Had to find areas of exposed pavement or areas of fresh snow (rather than slush). Thankfully, there was minimal traffic as most folks seemed to have already gone home (or had stayed home). Once back on SW Corridor, it was nice ride over about 2-3″ of fresh snow. Saw another rider there. Clearly, DCR had been making passes with the bobcat throughout the day. When I got to Forest Hills, the DCR bobcat was out clearing out sidewalks at the end of the Corridor.

    Have to admit, if the ride home involved more traffic, I would have been a bit scarier to be slipping and sliding as much I experienced on the packed slush , despite the winter tires.

  3. By Kate on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    That almost sounds fun, at least the SW corridor part… I think it’s time for me to bite the bullet and get the studded tires, or else it might be months before I’m biking again! And there’s nothing I hate worse than taking the commuter rail in the winter…

  4. By latron on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    The Minuteman bike trail was fantastic. Whoever’s in charge of plowing it at MassDOT or Friends of the MBW did a great job — even the little bridge over Alewife Brook, usually untouched, was beautifully cleaned. The ultra-cold temperatures made for safe riding and a lot of fun. Lots of snowshoers and skiiers out too — pure joy.

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