Tuesday, January 20, 2004
I stayed off of the roadsides as much as possible because the ice was so difficult, though there were areas I rode through it, such as the snow and ice covered Riverfront Park paths. I guess peds and bikers get no consideration by the city maintenance crews. In fact the road crews even make things worse by tossing snow and ice up from the roadways onto the ped paths in the park where it then refreezes into impassable ice piles. Snow riding is challenging though and the workout increases at least 3-fold. And my knobby mountain bike tires perform well in everything except on pure ice.
My other ice foe was the iced over lock on the gate to access the alley along my office building where I park my bike. I couldn't get in and so had to carry my bike up three floors to my office. At least the Diamondback got a chance to warm up for the first time in weeks. I have to carry some lock deicer with me from now on I guess just in case of this situation.