|Trace The Mitten|
Last Monday I bought a Schwinn Swindler Cruiser . I have been looking for that make and style for months. It is all black, even the spokes. I was surprised that it has 27.5" wheels. Having a silver coil spring mounted to the front wheel was a big plus for me. The broad seat has a modest pad with diamond patterns and two springs to enhance comfort. I wondered about the angle of the seat because the front turned up. The fenders have a mat finish, while the frame has glossy paint. The front fender is shorter than normal and extends eight inches in front of and behind the fork. The rear fender comes up from the pedals to The wheelbase is longer than any of my bikes and the handlebars further than usual. The
that this person has touring experience. I was excited to see 5 bikes with front racks and one with the panniers actually attached. I cannot express in writing how it is for me to see this. I want to talk to these people. What touring trip have you done ? How was it? When did you do it? I was very uplifted. Most of my miles are solo and I seldom pass another rider.
Yesterday was cooler weather. There were not many bike out. Were these riders prepared for weather based on touring? Were they just wanting to enjoy another ride before the snow flies.
This reminds me to get to the areas where I will find other cyclists. Hope to see you on the trail. For the record, yesterday I had my bike with front panniers.
The temperatures have been above average for this time of year. The temperature during this week's rides have been in the 50s and 60s. I find that the a windbreaker is a very comfortable addition. I find the windchill from riding cuts through my thin performance shirts. My windbreaker is just a basic nylon shell. The base layer of a long sleeve is enough.
Everyone's handles temperature differently. Find your comfort level. This time of the year is a transition to the cooler temperatures. I start every ride with a mile loop around to pass my house again before I ride further. This short ride helps me gauge my layering. Sometimes I need to add finger gloves or another head layer. The last days rides have be very windy. Normally the wind is around 6 mph, but it has been twice that with gusts 4 times. The temperatures and wind create a windchill that was not experiences just a few weeks ago.
The last two year I have contracted bronchitis which has messed me up for quite awhile and forces me to workout inside only. The transition from fall to winter makes me cautious to have the right layering. I use by buff around my neck and this really helps to keep me comfortable. I then pull the buff over my mouth so I breathing through that layer. Soon I will use the fleece muffler. It really helps to warm the air entering my lungs. But I still find that I need to stop more frequently as my airways restrict and catch my breath.
Depending on the duration of your ride you want to pay attention to your feet. I am usually good for the first hour, but during the second hour I begin to feel the chill in the feet and ankles. This time of year I find that the wool socks work great.
My layers are all performance material to wick away the moisture. Today I saw most recreational riders out with the 'good old sweatshirt.' I would never think of biking in one of those.
I hate being cold during my rides. I don't like turning around after heading away from my house. I don't like getting ill. I love riding and I will dress according to the situation so I love the ride.