So it snowed a bit overnight, so just out of reflex, I switched over to the winter beater.
This past spring, after a couple of winters, the galvanized chain that was supplied with the bike had more or less rusted into a solid piece, and so this past winter I swapped it out for a stainless chain. Pulling the Sub Zero out of the garage, I see that the chain is doing just fine.
And off I go. It turns out that the balaclva was total overkill for this morning.
Going in was slow, slow, slow. People were passing me on the Bloor bike lanes! Was it that I was just getting older? No, as it turns out, my rear drum brake was dragging the whole time. I loosened up the cable, and dropped by Urbane for a shot of cable lube, and all was fine on the way back home.
BTW, if you want a pair of the handlebar booties you can see in the first picture, then Urbane does sell them. Here’s a picture of a pair on one of the shiny bikes in their showroom.
It’s getting dark and slippery out there. It looks like next week will be even more fun.
Ride safe everyone!