Tuesday, November 5, 2013
November 5th Commute - First Snow Commute
Looking out the window this morning the snow didn't look to be sticking to the road. Just damp. I could deal with that. I added my fleece vest even thou the temperature didn't require it. I just wanted to see how much more heat it added. The answer was - Almost too much. I was thankful for it however. It kept a lot of snow off my Pearl Izumi jacket and that in turn I think would have cooled me down. My legs are where the work needs to be done. I'm going to have to get a pair of cheap rain pants to go over my other pants for the commute in. I thought about wearing my goggles but packed them in my bag instead. Wasn't a big deal. Had to try it. At least the road wasn't frozen. That might be this afternoon...
Temp - 32/36degrees
Wind - 6mph sustained out of the North
Head - 10 Awesome (Light buff over ears and fleece buff on collar)
Hands - 10 Awesome (Columbia gloves - perfect for the morning)
Chest - 10 Awesome (Pearl Izumi Jacket and fleece vest. Almost too much.)
Legs - 5 Tolarable (Jeans - Got pretty cold and wet.)
Feet -8 Good (Boots and flat pedals)
Overall Physical feel - 9 (Little more resistance in the snow but not much.)
Bike ratings as follows. One will mean total equipment failure. Ten means it totally served it's purpose and I need to write more positive reviews on it.
Bike: Redline Monocog
Tires - 8(Fine not sliding in the snow)
Brake - 8(Not a word)
Drivetrain - 8(Silky smooth)
Overall/Other - 9(Monocog is a great rig)
Total Score: 85
Things to change - Find a way to stay drier in the snow.
Things I noticed - Cars throw a bigger wake of slush then trucks do.