The moment I got my new bike, I had a problem with my rear light. The plan was to just switch the lights from my Culebro to the mountain bike, but that didn’t work as well as I had hoped. The reason? Someone had cut the flex tight bracket too short. So even though it fits now my road bike and before Dad’s cyclocross perfectly, it was too short for the tiny bit thicker mountain bike seat post. To make the situation even worse, there weren’t any lights that I liked in the stores nearby, and it was still very dark outside. And of course, I wanted to go ride right away!
What do you get when you add boredom on Friday evening, cycling and yours truly? After a while of surfing through various interesting sites, you get a website with the title randonneuring.
When last Friday came around, I was a bit giddy, because the snow had mostly melted from the ground. Much of the roads I use for my commute had very little snow if at all, and at some places the asphalt was even mostly dry for hundreds of meters! Saturday, however, changed all that. It snowed in the evening and all through the night. Now, don’t get me wrong. I absolutely love winter. I just miss my road bike 😦
I was so happy when I finally got to ride a bike to work again after so long. It didn’t last long, though, because the weather turned nasty pretty quickly 😦 It rained and snowed, and because of that all the roads were covered in very smooth ice. We have a word for that in Finnish, ‘pääkallokeli’, literal translation going somewhat like ‘skull weather’. It means that the weather conditions are such that there is black ice on the roads, black ice and/or bad visibility. I could barely walk to the bus stop during those days, so taking my bike was out of the question because I still don’t have studded tires.