Snow and ice, I hate the stuff.8
December 18, 2010 by welshcyclist
Since my very painful fall, as a result of an unseen icy patch, a week ago today, I’ve stayed off the bike. Now, yet again, the snow has returned. I don’t think I’ll be riding for some time. That’s me above, being picked up for work, I couldn’t get the car out of our street, let alone onto the main roads. I had to walk for 10 minutes so that the 4×4 could pick me up.
As I type the sun is blazing down, so hopefully, I’ll manage to get the car out onto the main road tomorrow. Meanwhile the Subway will have to remain in the shed looking very sad and forlorn. That fall last Saturday has left me with a sore derierre, and a painful stiff back, I’m too old to risk such accidents, and really it pains me so much to say that, but I have to be realistic. I still need to work and earn money. Sadly riding the bike in the present conditions is far too risky. “Her indoors” suggests I go to the gym, and if I’m to achieve my goal of 14 stone by next February/March in time for my 60th birthday I think I’m going to have to bite the bullet and get going, putting up with the boredom of the treadmill etc..
Wish me luck.
Two words: “Studded Tires”
Perhaps others have suggested that too, but here in Michigan I started commuting through the winter last year on my schwalbe marathon winter tires, and laughed at icy patches.
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Thanks for popping in, I returned the compliment, but sadly, I can’t understand your language. I’m going to get my son to tell me how this old PC of mine can translate your blog’s content for me. Cheers for now.
Ah, you too. I came off my bike a week ago, landed on my shoulder and have had a useless (very badly bruised and immobile) left arm ever since – not to mention bruised knees, thighs and elbows. I too haven’t been on the bike since – but there’s quite a lot of snow here so that’s not such a big deal. But too old to risk such accidents? I’m not sure. I’m a bit older than you, but the pull of the bike is strong and getting stronger the longer I’m not on it. If only this damned snow would go I’d be back up there. (I think.)
Good to hear from you again Nick. Yes, the bike was alright too. Cheers.
Hang in there mate!
I can’t take all this slipping and sliding, but now I’m feeling silly for saying “I am too old for….” Doah! If I can get a grip I’ll hang on.
Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year!