Okay, now we can have a thaw. Today’s high 14. My thermometer with the thing sticking out the window said 14 this a.m. but I’m sure it was close enough to the house to be off by a bit. Still, I layered up and had a nice ride in — tho’ sub 20 degrees I am wanting my face covered, so I’ll have to look for the real hats for tomorrow’s commute (low tonight 10). I might take the bus but the roads are fine — we basically got no snow — and so it’s still actually pleasant to be riding, and it’s no more dangerous than usual.
However, I did have to swap bikes … since I rode the Xtra in the 47 degree rain… I tootled down the driveway and the very slight downgrade and … no, the brakes would not move and the chain would not align. Every thing that had been wet was frozen in place. (Don’t ask about the color of my chain … )
The lock was all kinds of frozen, too. Fortunately “pretend” was good enough for the service. I brought it inside and it thawed out nicely — and I squirt a little D-juice into it. HOwever, when I came out of the store … the key wouldn’t go in. Required some mouth-to-lock resuscitation to melt things and then I was rolling again.
Bike club dinner tonight and I’m bumming a ride, tho’ really as much for the social as for the weather. Yup, post-event, 6 peeps rode. I shall think on that tomorrow deciding.