I am typically keen on riding my bike regardless of conditions although a past wipe out incident back when I was in university curbed my enthusiasm a bit.
So when I saw the weather conditions for the Sunday — my friend and I decided that it really wasn’t worth getting wet and frozen for a 50km training ride.
Hopefully the weather will be better this upcoming Victoria Day long weekend.
So what’d I do instead? I began reading up on touring bikes. It is really interesting the different takes and thoughts on touring. I have some folks telling me that it’d be hard on a mountain bike and so I should spend the money to buy a new bike — while others just suggest doing it on a modified mountain bike.
One thing that I think I’ll definitely need to assess is whether I should change up my tires from the mountain bike knobby tires to something more road friendly (and still handle some gravel).
Some good food for thought from these folks:
- Adventure Cycling Association – Mountain Bike for Road Touring
- Adventure Cycling Association – How to Mountain Bike Tour
- MEC – Bicycle Touring Tips