What did you puff on for the celebration? I'm a HUGE fan of everything Drew Estate has to offer. Scottie
Well, Jim, the problem is it's way more fun than my other bike, so I guess I'm stuck with it!Here's a picture of how it looks right now:https://www.dropbox.com/s/nqnejdyw7d3ee1k/2014-02-04%2009.41.27.jpgI'll be riding later today (the streets are cleared)...
... I installed ... a pair of "oven mitts" type handwarmers for the handlebars...
The idea of riding on wet/salty/slushy streets packed with cages all around me would scare the crap out of me.Ride with great care grasshopper.
Craig - I have a cover, but what with juggling 3 bikes in and out of 2 garage spaces, and no legal street parking anywhere nearby, I don't always have the cover when I need it.
Well, in terms of riding in winter weather here in densely populated, well-served NYC:Salting and street clearing is extremely efficient -- that ought to be the case, given the taxes we pay! 2,000 sanitation trucks fitted with plows provide the first wave of clearing, and the city maintains a GPS-driven map of the last service time for every block in the city (0-1 hours, 1-2 hours, etc.). So you can check your route in advance. All my route to work (and pretty much everywhere I ever need to go) is on main streets that get excellent service, but in fact the entire city is passed by plows within about 2 hours of the start of plow service. The streets are narrowed by snow and slush, slowing everyone.And I don't ride in conditions where I'm likely to see ice. For instance: temps just dropped from just above to significantly below freezing point. The bike is very stable on ordinary dry-salted-slightly-slushy roads (much better than my CB250 Nighthawk), even on stock tires. Obviously whenever I'm anywhere near slush, etc., I slow way down. And I avoid areas with packed ice (I had to walk the bike into a gas station yesterday because the pavement inside the station just looked too risky).Here are some pics of the "oven mitt"/iPhone case installation from yesterday:https://www.dropbox.com/s/tquxl5zwmjz2m14/2014-02-04%2018.36.29.jpghttps://www.dropbox.com/s/1d74mc63o2wgqe6/2014-02-04%2018.48.18.jpghttps://www.dropbox.com/s/8meb2gflhexkna0/2014-02-04%2018.48.29.jpghttps://www.dropbox.com/s/ltuuv703tc1as6v/2014-02-04%2018.48.36.jpghttps://www.dropbox.com/s/cv3qse8nmp6rxba/2014-02-04%2018.48.49.jpgThe openings for the levers weren't quite big enough for the beads on the ends of my levers to clear, so I just tore another quarter-inch or so into them.Given the design of these things (they're just neoprene), it doesn't feel to me like they're capable of exerting enough pressure against the natural sprung position of the levers to cause any wear. I'm a big fan -- they make it possible to ride in freezing temperatures wearing ordinary gloves without having to take special precautions.
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