I splurged on black friday - bike related - you have been warned
So, I live in the mid-west and we have some chilly days. It even snows from time to time. I have been cycling more over the past year throughout the cold or "off season". I have a core group of buddies and we don't stop riding when it gets cold. On a ride, last year, I took my shoes, socks, plastic bags, and shoe covers off just to warm my feet up with my hands. They got cold!
I say, no more! I bought some Shimano MW81 cycling boots. Now I just hope they live up to the hype and I got them on sale with free shipping. I'm excited! No more cold feet for me!
I have used shoe covers, wool socks, plastic bags, but I haven't used chemical warmers. Some of my rides last three hours or longer if we start talking and I do not know of any chemical warmers that last that long. It's fun. I would rather be outside any day than inside on the trainer. I can't stand to ride it very long.
let's see, yesterday I managed to get a draft of all 230 pages of my thesis put together and to my adviser after pulling 2 all nighters in the past week.
then I stopped in my LBS to see if they had their expansion open yet. they just got their parking lot redone, doubling the number of parking spaces, and the exterior part of the addition got finished just before that. the interior is not done yet, but they were slow so I chatted up the lone employee who was there mid-afternoon.
then I treated myself to a dinner out and a beer and then went home and slept for about 16 hours.
today, I ordered some On-One Fleegle Pro handlebars for my mtb. The current bars I have are too straight. That wasn't an issue when I bought them years ago, but I think my reduced flexibility makes them uncomfortable now. The Fleegle Pros are the same width, but much more sweep.
I wanted to buy a bike. I've been searching online and I want to try a 29er. So I focused on the Cannondale Scalpel 3 29er. Decent build, comes with an alloy frame and a Lefty (all things I want). According to my LBS they're out of stock, but he then offered a 26" Scalpel 3. I didn't know such a bike existed and politefully turned the offer down. Subsequent online check after and it turns out that it's a 2012 model but it comes with a carbon frame with a lower end build (only XT rear der. and SLX other bits - if it was full XT I might consider it) and a Lefty. So as I posted in my brackets there, it turns out that the price he wanted for it would have made it a really good deal. Alas I don't really want a carbon frame so I think I'm still going to wait and see if I can get the 2013 29er.