Success! First fat bike bright light night ride tonight. First winter light ride for years. Excellent. Riding alleys like wide slides. Riding snowbanks like rolling bumps. Riding plowed hills like ridgeline surfing.
The bike is easy, figuring out clothing is hard. Thirty degrees tonight is practically casual compared to zero last weekend. Wore my rain jacket and rain gloves - perfect with pit-zips. Long sleeve wool jersey. XC-Ski pants. Insulated light hiking boots. Light winter headband. Light winter hat. Helmet. Heath's excellent and ready to bike-mount see-where-you're-going $30 light.
As I cruised further down my alley I spied a cardboard box on top of a City of Minneapolis garbage bin. A clear sign that something too good to be thrown away was up for grabs. The box contained a small set of crappy car speakers, their mounting surrounds, long cables, and the tap you see there on my garage bench. Score.
There's the "trail" there between our bikes - three tire-widths of packed snow with loose and squirrely on either side. The afternoon sun was bright but by the time we got to the old Cedar avenue bridge my water had turned to ice. My clothes did the job for both hours but I was bone cold for a long time after we finished. Next time night time.
I rode both days last weekend. Dry rode in the garage last night. Extended-leash dog-rode tonight. I haven't adjusted a single setting. Not touched the tires with a pump. They're getting softer. I ordered a low-pressure gauge. So-super love it. Every time I look its the promise of riding through bushes, crunchy tall grass swamp stuff, heads -down brush crashing near the creek. Playgrounds of sand, wood chips and rubber chips all feel about the same as dirt. Nearly rode across the tiny-river ice but was scared of falling (andnot getting up - I'm so fucking older than I ever planned for) and getting my feet wet. I ordered fenders, thrashing it next time. Comfortable cadence-fast on concrete and even somewhat sprinty (or at least eager). This is a good bike. Thanks guys.
Somewhere to somewhere - and back the next day with camping in between. SingleSpeed-able for the most part please. I'm fine with renegade camping but I'd rather have a real fire and a cold beer. Ideas?
Bearing-shafted inflatable wheels on drilled and cotter-pinned solid rod - originally built as a through-the-cabinet replacement for the previous (now dead). Wood and (axle-to-axle) bungees will now allow me to easily solo-wheelbarrow the new grill from the backyard to the street for next week's night out. Gotta get some Everett's too to share the flavor. Happy MPLS to you all!
No electric 8P to 11A at my Powderhorn-south neighborhood those only slightly further south report none still. Other nearby's have trees on their houses including across the alley, so I'm feeling pretty lucky.