Other than a coupla short rides to hangs and some neighborhood stuff, I haven't been on a bike since January 2nd. Whereas over the the last coupla winters the challenge of winter riding sustained my motivation, my interest has been flat this year. Part of that is due to how much other krap is going on, but a bigger part of it, I think, is just wanting to take a break from the gruel. All the clothing, the slush, the studs . . . you know.
The excitement of the early season's snowfall made the riding in November and December (see header pic) fun. But by the time the new year rolled around, I was kinda burnt and not really finding any reason to push myself out the door. I think about bikes probably a zillion times a day - middle of the night, when I'm supposed to be working,
But this winter, all the inspiration seemed to be chanelled into the shop. I did a bunch of great projects and got four other guys into rack building. It all took a lot of energy that I might have used riding, but it was really a lot of fun and it fed my bike soul, so I think I'm okay with it.
If I was racing or simply riding a lot with super-fast guys, there would be peer pressure to stay in shape through the winter and hit the ground running in March. But I'm not, so there isn't. I even finally let myself sell both of my trainers on craigslist this winter. (Thank you, self!) I wonder about how things would be different if I had a monotonous job. Or if I was 24. Wait, I know the answer to that one. Age is definitely part of the equation.
I'm not sure how it will be next year, but for now, I think the sabbatical suits me. Especially if it means that I'll enjoy the riding this spring that much more for the break.
A direct benefit of all the shop time is that when my batteries do finally recharge, I've got a totally new-to-me everyday urban bike to get acquainted with. We spent quality time together last summer-fall, but so much has changed . . .
|Here's how it looks now. It was new enough to me last year that I didn't wanna expose it to road salt and all the nastiness of winter, so I parked it last fall. This year, though, it will be ridden hard and put away wet.|
|Not sure how I'll like this light solution. I hope that it's easy to reach down and adjust the angle while I'm riding. I 'd decided early on to use battery, and not dyno, lighting. To keep the weight down. This bike should stay sort of fastish.|
|Other than to support the light, I have no idea why I built this front rack or what I will carry on it. (Sledgehammers make great kickstands, btw.)|
|Ot what this damn thing is and how I will use it.|
|It weights 32 lbs, including the lock, pump, light, battery, and all the other krap. Excluding the sledge.|
I'm looking forward to shaking it all down. See you on the road real soon.