Don't mind me. Just bracing myself for the forecast tomorrow morning. Single digits baby!
I go into my utility room and stare at Sparky (my WSD Trek 1.something or other, I don't speak "bike.") and apologize for cheating on him with a spinning bike. I tell him it doesn't mean anything to me, it's just exercise not a relationship. I offer to clean his chain but he won't speak to me. Sigh. It has to go above 35 by Tuesday.
Ok... I just have one thing to describe the ride this morning.
Let me see if I can find the right word.....
If anyone finds a set of fingers and toes on the W&OD about Falls Church or so they're mine! That's about where they snapped off.
Left the house this am and the bank up the street was rocking 5 degrees displaying on the sign.
Seeing as I am attached to the idea of keeping my fingers and toes, I've been looking around for spinning bikes that are not under lock and key. The rec centers only allow access to the bikes during classes.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
George Mason has three spinners out and available for use in their RAC during normal business hours.
If you don't like classes or your schedule doesn't accommodate classes, this is an option.
The facility is not free but it is open to the public. More information is on their website.
I don't think I'll mention it to Sparky, my bike with a jealous streak.
Get an inexpensive indoor trainer off of Craigslist and you and Sparky can be reunited AND stay warm!
Originally Posted by acc
6.8°F at the house when I left this morning at 0545. Roughly 5.2°F out on the W&OD trail via. my Kestrel meter, and 12°F according to the bank clock in McLean at 0700.
When I arrived, my helmet straps were ice, my facemask was white with ice, and for the first time ever, the INSIDE of my jacket was ice. That's right, my sweat froze to the inside of my jacket. Winter commuting is like a daily science experiment isn't it!
That all said, I was roasty warm due to very careful planning in my winter gear. Even after 20 miles, I was just fine.
Today ties a 6° ride from Winter 2010 as my second coldest ride ever. Coldest was 4° in the Winter of 2009. Brrrrrrr!
Mercifully, NO WIND!
I am bike illiterate. Sometimes when I read the posts here I get the same feeling I get looking at a menu in a French restaurant, there I usually resort to pointing and mumbling.
The combination of two nouns; Craig's List + trainer added to the adjective, cheap -- well makes me nervous.
I glanced at trainers in LBS just before Christmas and the choices seemed broad.
Any suggestions as to brand and/or type?
A quick Google search provides this primer which has some good pointers to get you started: http://www.ehow.com/how_14092_buy-bike-indoor.html
Originally Posted by acc
A couple brands worth checking out would be: Cycleops, Kurt Kinetic, and Blackburn.