I spent Saturday afternoon riding around South Mpls in the snow. We only got about a 1/4 inch, but it was fun to be out riding while the white stuff was coming down. It actually felt like winter! I rode my KHS Errand Bike, which I am really liking... comfortable riding position, good handling, and plenty of traction in the snow with the knobby 29er tires.
I could see getting a pair of road-worthy studded tires for this bike if I commuted to work on it, but I can't justify the cost of carbide-tipped tires on a bike that only gets used a couple times a week to run errands.
I rode my South Mpls Loop (but in reverse) with a couple stops along the way. First stop was at Hiawatha Cyclery to get another component for the upcoming fat bike build. While I was there I started talking to the guys about the Revelate Designs bags they have been carrying... in particular the Mountain Feed Bag. They even had one in stock, and I couldn't resist.
It turns out the Feed Bag isn't Fargo-friendly... the lower strap that runs to the fork crown is too short to wrap around the fork crown. It's an easy fix though, a bit of webbing and a couple buckles will provide a clean looking extension. This pack should give me a good place to put a small camera when I can't (or don't want to) attach a camera to my belt.
Continuing on my way, I rode up the Mississippi and west on the Midtown Greenway. The river trail was fairly empty... I passed a handful of runners and walkers, and only a few cyclists. And I had the greenway almost to myself.
The park were the locals play bike polo is a short distance off the greenway, so I swung down to watch some sno-polo and have a couple beers.
I was pretty cold after stopping for so long, but I warmed up quickly as I rode home around the lakes and along the creek. After being cooped up everyday during a long work week, it was nice to get outside. Gloomy January days are much, much more enjoyable when they are spent in the saddle.
Stopping is half the fun...