I was a bit bummed yesterday when the morning rain never really switched over to snow. I was hoping to ride my fat bike but instead made the switch to the rain bike, which now has studded tires. Before I could even entertain the idea of not riding I changed into cycling gear as soon as I got home.
I started down county road 8 and made my way for parts of the Dirt Bag course. Man studded tires on a single speed that doesn't spin freely, into the wind, with accumulating snow makes for a slow ride. Solid resistance training!
The gravel was, well meh. Because it was warmish out, around freezing, the gravel was either sloppy or the once hard packed snow I cut through like a pizza cutter. Again resistance training. Even with full fenders I was getting some pretty good spray of slop on my boots and tights.
Mid ride the freezing rain/snow mix switched over to snow and slowly stated to accumulate. It's a bit amazing the difference a 1/4" or so of snow can make on the effort required. By the time I got home there was maybe 3/4" of snow. At home I found Jen and the girls were gone and I had not brought keys with me. Back on the bike to my parent's house to get a spare set. Doing so got me to 50 miles and 3.5 hours...yep slow!
I haven't stepped outside yet but from the looks of things we got maybe 4" of snow. I work at noon so the fat bike is getting called into action this morning!
I usually get a big ride in before the Thanksgiving festivities start, as I will again this year. I'm just not sure on what bike. I'm guessing it will be sloppy so most likely the rain bike but that's not my first choice. I was hoping either the fat bike or Evergreen but I don't really want to destroy either one of those with road slop. May be a last minute decision.