Saturday, April 21, 2007

April Showers

Spring has made its intentions known. At least to the meteor-ilogical community. Winter slammed its cold body into us during the first week of January and like any good hip-check its presence is still being felt. After a Spring like two weeks, temps have struggled to climb above 1 degrees C forcing any riding to take place with multiple layers and between snow and rain showers. The trainer, my basement and the cycling re-runs I have been watching are now retired, I refuse to revisit them. To add insult to injury, the cold weather has also brought 4 cm of the white stuff. In April!! But, the forecast for next week is improving, bringing some April like temps. For these conditions, the full fender machine is the best choice. Fit some 25Cs and a blinky light and come high-water or flooding the riding will be done outside.

Lars Michelson's winter rig courtesy of Speedplay Pedals

2 comments:

JDS said...

Wow, nice build. How did he get the full fenders so nice in there with the short reach brakes? I've been thinking about building a "fast rain bike" with long reach brakes and full fenders, but maybe I could something like that. Hmmmm....

Radio Freddy said...

A fast fender bike is always a must. Some frames will offer just enough clearance to work with a standard road brake. The problems will lie in the fork crown.