Traffic 'round these parts dropped off pretty dramatically a few weeks ago... hard to tell from the "I rode today" thread who's still riding, as one would have to conclude that Gene is the only one out there most days by reading it....
Who's sticking it out and plans to continue to ride pretty much every day regardless of weather?
(Was winter 2013; 2014 starts on p. 36; 2015 starts on p. 61)
The streets were pretty slick up in Mundelein... thin ice and wisps of blowing snow. Of course, no problem with studs. Once I got off METRA the roads were better, but the wind!!! It seemed about half the time I was turbo-charged, and the other half I was riding through molasses.
Attached is last Sunday out in the middle of Diamond Lake. Ice was completely free of snow and only a few rough spots where snowmobiles had been. I did the perimeter of the lake about 100 feet off-shore except for the SE corner where I saw geese on what seemed like open water. Elsewhere the ice was 7" thick as reported by ice fishermen... plenty thick for a bike.
bk (aka: Dr. Mambohead) said:
Well, if this morning's commute ranked a 9 on the brutal scale, this evening was fortunately a 7 at worst...
I've got the same frame. No studs, but still pretty "winterized."
Heading east on Lawrence Ave. just past Pulaski Rd.
Rich Evans said:
Had a nice ride last night, running some errands in the neighborhood.
How are the roads looking? The Loop doesn't seem too bad, plus the snow is a lot less thick than it was this afternoon.
Being that it's 4 PM and still snowing, I'm not sure what this means.
Adam Herstein (5.5 mi) said:
the snow is a lot less thick than it was this afternoon.
My husband called about an hour ago and told me he was behind some poor fellow on a bike and was afraid to pass him because the road was so bad. Not exactly sure where, but probably Halsted, Wrightwood, or Ashland. He said the guy ended up getting off the bike and walking. Take care, everyone.