I’ve had a heck of a time purchasing studded tires so I do get more riding. I only need to get a little over a mile on the bike path, after that, I’m on town and city streets that are bike friendly and maintained. The town doesn’t plow the MUP.
Two bike shops have had to cancel my order because they were out of stock. After scrambling, one will be here on Friday and another tire sometime next week. No problem now, because everything is clear. But more snow and ice is sure to come.
I decided to buy a new bike rack system for my new car. It’s a Thule platform, like the ones you see on the front of the city buses. I also have to have a tow hitch installed. I can’t see myself using it before sometime in March. Here is the irony. I ordered it on Tuesday, online around 3 PM. It arrived at 2:30 PM today, Wednesday. Really, I’m paying a premium to have a bike tire shipped that takes 7-10 days. Yet a 40 lb bike rack with free shipping can get here overnight. I’m figuring the UPS guy must have been parked at the top of my street when the order was put in.
I did get out on the bike today, riding to some local stores. One of the items was inexpensive bike pedals for winter riding. I have two sided spd pedals on the beater bike, but a wider plastic mountain bike pedal makes much more sense in the winter.
I also do all the cooking in the house and go to the market every day for fresh foods. It’s a mile ride on the MUP and biking is the most logical mode, once it’s passable naturally. I usually ride to the gym for weights, yoga, cardio or tai chi. I only need to walk across a parking lot to the market. Convenient? You bet.