Happy New Year Everyone!
I’m not a person who practices the same traditions year after year. I tend not to celebrate National Holidays. If I do I’m standing out along the periphery looking in rather than actively participating. In the same way I’m not one who can do the same events year after year after year. Nothing wrong with it. It’s just not me.
Now having said that. I do have one tradition I’ve been doing for the past 12 years. A local bicycle club I belong to has an Annual New Years Day Ride. In this climate it can be rather cold on January 1st. Typically in the negative range of the thermometer. Cold riding is my thing! Attendance numbers are low, 5-20 people depending on the weather. This years attendance was on the upper end due to temps in the mid-twenties Fahrenheit.
I enjoy starting the year with a bicycle ride. It’s usually my only group ride of the year. I ride solo most of the time. I didn’t work too hard at capturing pictures. Here’s the few I did take:
I’m happy with my choice to put studded tires on. The confidence they provide on icy roads is worth every cent. Before leaving this morning I managed to get one more maintenance task done.
I applied some Boeshield T-9 to my stainless steel framed bike. The tubes are unpainted. Unlike most steel, stainless steel resists corrosion. But it’s not completely immune to it. The T-9 adds a bit of protection. It’s only the third time I’ve applied it in a little over a year I’ve had this frame. It has been corrosion free. This tubing is made by KVA and is named MS3. From what I’ve heard MS2, an earlier version, exhibited surface corrosion when used in winter conditions with salt. My frame maintained it luster through an entire winter.
I see that you also do some touring.
Mostly short trips of 1-5 nights. Due to my dietary restrictions, resupply of nutritious food while on the road has proven difficult. I thought I had it figured out when I started the TransAmerica route in 2012. It came to a quick end as I started losing a pound a day right from the start.
I’m a touring cyclist also. Like you, mostly week long tours. My son and I do one every summer.