Cycling in the Snow?

Yesterday, snow blanketed the region. My car battery recently died, so until I can get a replacement battery – how else am I going to get around?

Yesterday, the conditions were far too bad to get out anyways. Many businesses closed, and there were a lot of wrecks caused by the bad roads and people failing to drive properly in the poor conditions.

Tonight, however, I decided to make a mad dash to a local restaurant to get a bite to eat. Since my car battery is dead and I didn’t want to walk to the restaurant, I decided to gear up and grab the Sedona for the quick trip to the restaurant.

Granted, the restaurant isn’t that far away. It’s on our campus, albeit the other side of campus. Thankfully, sidewalks were cleared in most spots – and even then, I made sure to go slow and steady.

Sedona in the snow…

Because of the cleared sidewalks, the trip was easy. Coming back, however, was a different story. As I was walking out of the restaurant, it started to sleet. Sleet started blanketing the sidewalks and roadways.

Riding slowly and carefully, I made it back without any problems or concerns. The Sedona did very well, albeit the couple parts of sidewalks that weren’t cleared proved a challenge as the tires couldn’t get any traction. If only I had studded tires – even then, I’d be weary about going out in conditions like this.

Slush caked in the tread of the tires

Of course, slush got caked in the tire’s tread – which got tracked inside. I just made sure to wipe up any puddles of melted slush and salt. I made sure to wipe down the frame and other parts of the bike to get any slush or salt off of them.

Yesterday while it was snowing, I decided to try my hand at practicing removing the rear wheel. While I’ve been posting a lot about bicycles and bicycling lately, I’m far from an expert – and very far from being mechanically inclined. Removing the pesky rear wheel has always proved to be a challenge for me.

So, I tried it yesterday. I got it off, which is about as far as I get before things go awry. Putting it back on proved a challenge, but in the end I got it back on. I did it a second time and was more successful.

In that, I was able to get a closer look at the Sedona’s drive-train and the components. The components are mostly Shimano, something I already knew. The rear derailleur appears to be from Shimano’s “Tourney” series, while the front is a Shimano Altus. The shifters are made by Sram, and the crankarm is by SR Suntour.

I purchased two new inner tubes for the Sedona after the front tire decided to go flat on me in my previous post. I replaced the tube, but decided to replace both tubes with a higher-quality tube. Stay tuned – when the tubes arrive I’ll make a post on them as they’re not your ordinary inner tube.