2 hour singlespeed ride
stowe town loops and outer loops
28 degrees to start, 33 degrees at finish
light snow falling
gear: oakley baggies, wool knee warmers, tall and thin snowboard socks, shoe covers, one poly pro top layer, merino wool sweater, thick softshell jacket, snowboard gloves, helmet liner
todays ride went well despite a couple of challenges. I forgot my inhaler, so there was a lot of wheezing going on and I could feel that I hadn't done a good job stretching and rolling my back lately - it was killing me by the end of the ride.
most of the trails had just a light snow layer which was pretty good for traction. Parts of the trail had seepage that had frozen into a wicked slippery layer and some sections had 3-6 inches of snow.
i had george swap out my tires, bye bye 1.9 and hello 2.55. These gave me a lot of extra traction without taking out a lot of air. But - I could really feel the extra 1.5 pounds. Felt more like 8 extra pounds. It was a lot more challenging pedaling uphill through snow. Funny, i didn't think i would feel the difference as much as I did.
Also note that my feet did not get frozen today, they were fine the whole way through. I would have ridden a bit longer if not for the combo of the back and trying to get home so we could take the kiddo to see santa at the park. I made it home in time for family duties, so it was worth it.