I really need to be more persistent.
I didn't even make it a month this time with gears.
I was actually enjoying the charms that variable gears provide, but the timing was all wrong. Just a dusting of snow and some hoar frost stole gears thunder.
I was JRA yesterday and couldn't get any kind of flow going. It was pretty cold, and it wasn't a race, but man was I slow.
Slow, no flow.
SS just works better this time of year.
You warm up quicker, and can just get into a groove easier. But I guess that's always true.
So yesterday there was the most amazing sunset on the ridge. Today I actually made a few small loops hoping to recapture it, buy it was far less inspiring.
Waiting around for awesomeness left me riding back to the lot in fading light. Ever notice how your tire pressure changes with the temperature? Rushing down a rocky fireroad in the dark with possibly lower than optimal tire pressure = fixing a flat in the dark.
Ever since I injured my thumb (is he still whining about that?) I've had a hard time mounting tires. In 23*F temps levers are a must. Rushing in the cold and dark I punctured my only spare tube and had to run the last mile out of the woods.
Wouldn't it be nice to have the foresight to just start running?
Now it's time to put the big meats back on for the Winter to avoid future tomfoolery.