I went for a ride today. There was an annual ride happening and I wanted to check it out. I left the house after putting on the appropriate clothing, stopped to put some bills in the mail and then chose my route to the ride. I arrived early enough to roll down to the local bar/restaurant for a bloody mary and get a banana from the gas station. The ride started on time with 9 of us rolling north into a nice north wind with mostly dry pavement under the tires. We arrived at the end of the road and stopped to chat and grab a picture to record the New Years ride. We rolled down hill with a tailwind most of the way back and each rider pealed off and headed for home as we reached their turns. The last 3 of us went down to two as I decided to stop at the home store to get a couple items for home. While I was wandering the isles a couple of friends called and we decided to meet at the Legion for a drink and food. After a couple Guinness, we headed in our home directions. I arrived home before dark with about 30 miles on the saddle.
Sounds like a typical ride, no big deal, do it all the time. Well, yeah. I do. And I enjoy it even though it was 5°F, I was riding my winter beater fixed-gear 26″ studded tire bike. This thing is no speed machine, but it does take the winter abuse pretty well. It’s geared low, but not that low. The routes to the ride were snow covered and of course half into a Midwest winter north wind. I stopped 3 times throughout the day and each time I had ice on my beard that took me a couple minutes to melt off with my hands. I was the last to arrive at the stopping point on the official ride (half mile behind the ‘peloton’). Normally, I would push the group with my summer fixed gear bike (geared high) and charge up hill with all the challenge it is to mash a big gear up hill, but it is cold out. Sanity rules out and slow is better as sweating makes you cold and the ride back would have been hypothermia for me. Sounds bad. It wasn’t. It was fun. Outside, bicycle, friends and a beer or two. Yeah, it was a good day.
Happy New Year fellow cyclists, get out and ride, any time, any weather. Riding is always good.
Day/Date: Sunday October 2, 2011
Location: Meet at River Trail Cycles
Holmen Square Mall, 500 Holmen Dr. Ste 502, Holmen, WI 54636
Get more information here.
This is an unsponsored, self-supported ride.
Are you looking for a fun social evening on your bicycle? We have just the event for you. Sign up to join a group, riding from spot to spot to get their fill of good food, conversation, and fun while travelling by bike. We will begin on September 15 at 4 Sisters at 5:00pm. We will enjoy appetizers and beverages. Next we will ride to Hackberry’s for our entree. Our last stop will be at Java Vino for dessert and coffee. Cost is $40.00.
4 Sisters (appetizer and beverage) 5:00 pm
Hackberry’s (entree and beverage) 6:45 pm
Java Vino (dessert and beverage) 8:40 pm
Alcoholic Beverages Not Included
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DRBC is now listed on VolunteerMatch.org. This will give us more visibility to those searching for volunteer opportunities related to bicycling. Also, some companies have a “Dollars for Doers” program that gives employees the ability to have grant money donated to their favorite non-profit organization.
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It was another great Bike to Work Week in the Driftless Region this year. Community support and participation was up and it seemed that there were a lot more people out on their bikes than ever. With an expanded schedule this year, we worked managed tohold events in three communities and look forward to reaching out to even more next year! Read all about the great events that went on last week and find out who won the coveted Golden Helmet awards this year. Read More…