Thursday, December 10, 2009
When Considering Biking in the Snow
I have no ideas about biking in the snow. Sure, I know how to dress in the very frigid weather. I purchased Hot Chillys insulating leggings while in Colorado and they do the job. I also bought some NorthFace HyVent ski gloves and they do keep my fingers toasty. The real question plaguing me remain, can I ride my bike to work in the snow? I was hoping to build up to it . . . a 3 - 4 inch coating of snow that I could realistically practice on the urban trail on my very short ride to work. We got such a snow fall a few weeks ago but other factors required me to take the Element. Last week we get a second snow fall but it's a blizzard. I mean, really, a blizzard. We have 26 inches on the ground.
As one can see from these night shots I just downloaded, most sidewalks are covered. I mention that because most bike lanes are home to giant ice berms created by snowplows. The heavily used FUTS that runs from my neighborhood to the airport is completely covered, so my guess is that most of the other are similarly impassible.
We in Northern Arizona take water, be it from rain or snow, value precipitation but this could really impact my blog! I suppose I should have considered the months of December through March but I didn't. My husband gave me a kiwi Dell Studio laptop and logical thinking became impossible.
So, it is a puzzlement, as the King of Siam would say. The ladies from Let's Go Ride a Bike and Girls and Bicycles ride in the snow so what is stopping me? It could be the lack of an open urban trail at the moment or it could be the monstrously large SUVs driven overconfident drivers with little snow experience slipping and sliding along Flagstaff streets. I'd like to get past all that. Perhaps a little weekend practice is in order.
Last forecast I heard called for 3 - 5 inches this weekend.