Note to self: after oiling bike, remember to wipe off excess and make sure it doesn’t get on tires. I somehow managed to get to work without falling down, but boy was that some white-knuckled, slick-track excitement this morning. Didn’t help that the roads were wet and oily (especially in Catonsville) too. I survived by staying in the saddle for 90% of the ride and spinning up the hills in low gear. Would have been a real drag if this had been the fixed-gear bike.
Rode into Ellicott City via New Cut Rd, then up Oella and Westchester Ave, and through Catonsville via Rockwell and Edmondson Ave. Around 13 miles at a rather deliberate average pace of 14.3mph. NWS says it’s only 34 degrees, but it felt warmer. Mostly sun and some clouds, with fog around the river. I wore a short sleeve athletic shirt, long sleeve Under Armour top, cycling shorts, leg warmers, rain pants, wool socks, toe warmers, shoe covers, light gloves, REI helmet liner, and hi-vis windbreaker. Felt comfortable the whole way, and probably could have done without the rain pants, as they ended up with just a tiny bit of spray on them. It had been about 16 hours since it rained.
I’ll be thoroughly wiping off my tires before the ride home tonight!