by David Newcomer / Customer Service Manager
Riding all year, I must admit that, on occasion, riding in harsh weather is fun. Not when it's so bad as to be dangerous (or more dangerous than our being on the road can already be), but the change can be a welcome one.
As the seasons change, you'll find yourself caught in some weather that you expect, and sometimes it comes out of nowhere. Today, I set out knowing it would likely be wet, but I didn't expect the amount of rain we got! Or the snow. Or the face-stinging graupel that I had to cover my face for.
I know - this isn't sounding all that fun yet, right? But here's the thing, I was dressed well for it, make it safe and sound, and I'll remember it. (And so will my neighbor Jack who I ran into while he was walking his dog. And to his credit, he was out in it, too.)
So, when we elect to ride in these times, or if we're in a position where we don't have a choice, what do we need to be concerned with?
This morning's adventure was a good one. And the ride home is shaping up to be a sunny and easy one by comparison. I've got a spare kit at the office, so the clothes will be dry, but I'm not so sure about the shoes just yet. And the bike will need to be washed again when I get home.
And it's all worth it!
See you out there.
About the Author
A lifelong commuter and amateur racer in road, CX and MTB, David Newcomer has experience with just about every aspect of our sport. A former race director of the Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb, and Executive Director of one of the largest cycling clubs in Colorado, he brings a wide range of experience to share with others. David is the Customer Service Manager at Pactimo and host of our podcast "On the Road with Pactimo." You can reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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