Last night saw temps and wind both hovering around 20.
In the country, at night, with wide-open fields and nothing to stop the wind, that feels mighty cold.
Nonetheless, it was time for the Wednesday night gravel ride, and hence, Chad and I mounted up and rolled out into the darkness. Given the conditions, I figured we wouldn’t be rolling too quickly, so I decided to mount up the Singlespeed and head out. Chad was astride his Trek XO cross bike–also a good choice for the evening.
With the wind out of the North/Northwest, we rolled a bit south, and then headed west on gravel, with a few interspersed chunks of pave. We encountered snow and ice, including a bit of sketchy black ice on the pavement.
We also encountered…a missing bridge. That required nothing more than a dismount, run down the embankment, hop a minor creek, and climb up the far side.
Chad was wearing a Gore Phantom jacket, and I’m not sure which pants, but Gore windstopper pants. I was similarly kitted. Two quick notes on gear: 1) Windstopper…well, it stops wind. Effectively.
2) The reflective strips on the gear work…and make up an important part of my Winter Visibility Plan.
From a distance, the red light is more visible than shown in the pic. At any distance, the reflective silver bits are super visible.
Rolling a 32/16 gear ratio, I was spun out at ~20mph heading out of town with a tailwind, but perfectly geared for hammering into the wind completing the loop, headed back North. The El Mar may have been overkill…but was super fun to ride.