made it through the winter
It's spring officially, so I made it through the winter
It was probably not the smartest idea to start riding in November but I was so fed up with traffic...
Any day I had to go to work I rode the bike, regardless on weather.
Well, my be drove my car couple of days when temp was below +3'C.
Can't say I had any close calls, probably because most of my commute is HWY, and it is somewhat safer than city.
I also installed rear and side LED lights.
It gave me some assurance while riding on dark rainy evenings on HWY with no street lights around.
The biggest source of discomfort was bad visibility due to water on my visor.
Boat polish helps a little.
Once I got a flat tire , but I had air compressor and tools with me, so I fixed it and was on my way in 15 min (one dude in a minivan stopped and asked if I needed any help).
A few conclusions I made for myself:
- naked bike is not comfortable after about 80km/h and in rain;
- riding when you are wet and cold is bad idea;
- train tracks are slippery as wet soap in rain, so the road marking paint;
- regular road surface is surprisingly not slippery in rain (unless there is oil);
- have compressor and tools with you to fix flat tire, it will save lots of time and money;
- going for 1 hour+ ride - use earplugs;
- except a couple of assholes, most of the drivers are not trying to impede or kill you, just help them to see you and assume that they don't see you;
your bike isn't a naked... is has a giant fairing and screen.. just being a bit of a baby.
This one was.
Originally Posted by mongoose
Lol, still on this whole winter riding thing? Proper gear will keep you warm and dry. I was out on the roads at -6C and through the heaviest rain. Mind you, a scooter has good weather protection at least around the legs and it doesn't get fast enough that wind driven rain and wind chills is an issue. But I'll probably get heated hand grips for next winter.