Today and tomorrow, that’s all that’s left… My new tires should be at the shop along with a new chain and a new cassette for the 5200 (technically last year’s tires from the Venge are going onto the Trek). New cables this year, as I replace them every two years whether they’re needed or not, will finish out the tuneup and have me ready for the Spring. We should be riding this Saturday or Sunday (or both) with temps reaching 40 degrees for the first time since November.
No more of this:
Much more of this (with a vest, arm and leg warmers of course):
I almost can’t contain myself I’m so giddy. While I truly dislike winter, it does have one redeeming quality… Absence makes the heart grow fonder – and other than our week down in Florida riding leisure bikes, real, good, old-fashioned fresh air blowing through the hair (by way of the vents in my dome protector) has been entirely too absent.
I won’t, of course, ride the Venge right out of the gate. For Venge Day I have a particular set of criteria that the weather need meet before I’ll put that rubber to road:
- After the first long rain of the spring.
- Temps 45 and rising (though I am definitely willing to relax that down).
- Less than 20% chance of rain with a clear radar though I prefer the sun to be shining for that momentous occasion.
- Generally speaking, I like for Venge day to be a medium to easy ride so I can take my time enjoying the feel of the bike again before I absolutely tear ass on her.
The reasoning is simple: My Trek is a terrific bike. It’s not the Venge, but it’s nice and this Spring I’ve got her dialed in quite a bit better than last year – it’ll be a much more enjoyable ride starting out. The Venge also cost me five times more than the Trek, better to let that bike take the early-season dirt, rain and other road junk left after a long winter.
So, after a long, hard winter season, let the outdoor cycling begin!