Finally, Some Thaw

4 04 2013

When the snow starts melting at a rate greater than it falls, it must be April, and maybe even spring? When kitted-out road warriors on slicks inexplicably yell at you on the bike path, could that be a sign of spring? When bike parking starts to become possible as the bike racks emerge from the piles of snow they’ve been buried under, does it mean spring is finally on it’s way?

Your business claims to be bike-friendly, yet you use your bike rack to pile snow on...

Your business claims to be bike-friendly, yet you use your bike rack for snow storage…

When finally, FINALLY, that omnipresent layer of slick bumpy ice that’s covered all but the busiest roads since October, has melted, and despite the fact that what it revealed was a road surface more pothole than not, greeted the asphalt remains with joy, does it signal spring is in the air?

And the winner of the title for most pothole laden street is my street!

And the title of most pothole laden street goes to … my street!

The cyclists foe changes from ice to potholes.

And the cyclists foe changes from ice to potholes.

When the reason to ride includes fun, not just transportation, could it mean that a change of season is here?

In creating this blog, sometimes I have strange photographic misfires. I thought this one was share-worthy. Also, bare fingers? Spring must be in the air.

In creating this blog, sometimes I have strange photographic misfires. I thought this one worthy to share. Also, bare fingers? Spring must be in the air.

So I went for a joyride, and created the first timer photos that I’ve done in a while.

And then I slipped and nearly landed on my ass and recovered just in time for the camera to catch me. Self portraits can be dangerous, you know.

And then I slipped and nearly landed on my ass and recovered just in time for the camera to catch me. Self portraiture can be dangerous, you know. Also note the Canadian kickstand.

OK, this is more like it. A girl and her bike on an early spring day.

OK, this is more like it. A girl and her bike on an early spring day.

No pothole foiled me. The Fixte rode responsive and nimble. I haven’t taken it down any hills bigger than the one to the High Level Bridge yet but the bike is proving to be a trusty city bike. I’m liking this fixed thing so much that I’m considering converting Porta-Bike.

A mixte fixie, a white tire while I wait to build my white rim, shiny blue tights, and a sunny spring day. What more could you want?

A mixte fixie, a white tire to tide me over while I wait to build my white rim, matching shiny tights, and a sunny spring day. What more could you want?

And so I ride into spring in a new direction, one I never would’ve predicted when I started this blog. Bring on the fixies! Bring on the road bike! This summer’s going to be fast and light.

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5 responses

4 04 2013
WilkBury

Hi evillerider,
I envy you the thaw – here in Europe we have finally 2 C above 0 but it is still snowing (heavy wet unpleasant snow)…
Here is my ‘working horse’ http://tinyurl.com/snow-bike-rack.
Have a gr8 day!

BTW – nice pictures!

4 04 2013
evillerider

Thanks!
Unfortunately there’s freezing rain, turning to 5-10cm of snow, predicted here for the next 24 hours. This is Canada after all, and it is only the beginning of April I:-S

4 04 2013
tuckamoredew

I’m loving the spring riding! But I have to challenge you on most potholed street. Stay tuned for my blog post later today or tomorrow, the photographic evidence has already been gathered.

4 04 2013
evillerider

My photos don’t even do justice to the decrepitness of my street. My family had trouble navigating it in a pickup with 4 wheel drive when they picked me up for Easter dinner..

5 04 2013
timoohz

A sure sign of spring in Finland is the bike ads on newspapers by supermarkets, not just the bike shops. Happened this week. And they’re taking out the skis (although skiing season is not over yet) and ice hockey gear on sport departments and bringing out the bikes. They want to get ready for the ice free bikeways when the time comes.

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