Archive for December, 2006

New Year’s Eve Ride

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

It’s official. This month will go into the record books as the warmest December ever. Plus we had only three inches of snow as compared to the long-term average of 25. My snow tires are still in the bedroom, where they’re likely to stay for another two weeks, judging from the long-term forecast. This makes […]

Short TNUA

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

I expected a small group for tonight’s Tuesday Night Urban Assault ride. It had rained on and off since yesterday afternoon, depending on which forecast you believed, we were in for just more rain or 5 inches of snow, and it was the day after a holiday. Riding up Adams St I saw one rider […]

Santa Hat TNUA

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

My flabber was completely gasted tonight, when, as I was circling the the lot at the Adams St Recreation Center before the ride, I saw that Scott—Tuesday Night Urban Assault ride leader, owner of Full Moon Vista Bike and Sport, and promoter of the Saturn-Rochester Twilight Criterium—drove a car to the ride. Sure, his bike […]

The big ka-TNUA

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

After a day of mostly sunshine and near-record high temperatures (60°F, 16°C), I expected a good turn-out at the Tuesday Night Urban Assault ride tonight. I was not disappointed. Sixty-six riders rode out from the Adams St Recreation Center tonight. It was a blast. Tonight was my favorite TNUA yet. First we terrorized Corn Hill […]

Melting

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

I left for work a little early yesterday. I was up, it was sunny and just above freezing and I wanted to experiment some more with the snow tires before the snow all melted away. The ride to Jim’s Restaurant was uneventful. The roads were clear and dry, as was the parking lot when I […]

First snow ride

Friday, December 8th, 2006

Overnight through this morning was the first accumulating snow of the season. It was fun. There were about three inches on the ground when I went to work this morning, and it was still snowing. I eased the bike out to the street, turned carefully, very wide, slow and upright, and headed to the side […]

Full moon TNUA

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Monday was the official full moon, but last night was certainly close enough. That we could see the moon should tell you something. First, that we Rochesterians feel insecure when we’re not protected from the cosmos by a thick blanket of overcast, and second, that it was cold. It wasn’t arctic as it’s been for […]

Short stuff

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

Happy holidays from Specialized Bicycle Components I’m not a Christmas nut. While I’m not exactly a Grinch or a Scrooge either, the reaction I have to most holiday stuff is that it’s overhyped nonsense that’s far too cute, sappy, or otherwise emotionally manipulative for its own good. But, as a bike nut, I loved this […]