Yesterday I passed the 6,000 mile mark for the year. Last December when I set a goal to cycle 5,000 miles before the end of 2011 I never dreamed that I would hit that goal before the end of September. In my area of the country even dedicated cyclists usually hang up their bikes by Thanksgiving, but I ride all year long. Two days ago I spent two hours riding in light snow and I can honestly say that I am looking forward to winter.
I have ordered a new Surly Black Ops Pug (now called the Necromancer)and the local bike shop I use said it should be in around Thanksgiving. After all the time I’ve spent making fun of “Bike Ninjas” I decided to go over to the Dark Side—the Surly Black Ops Pug is only available in solid black (they call it Necromancer). Not only is the frame black, but so are the spokes, rims and components. However, since this bike will be used to ride in the snow I should still be easy to see (plus I use reflective gear in the winter). The Black Ops Pug has Rolling Darryl rims, 3.8″ wide tires, a Shimano drivetrain and Mr. Whirly offset double crankset. This bike is incredibly heavy, but no one is really expecting you to set any speed records while riding in several inches of fresh snow.
During the past few weeks I have run a lot of reviews for winter bike products and I still have many more cold-weather cycling products to tell you about. The National Weather Service claims the Chicago area is supposed to have the worst winter we’ve had in over 30 years, so it looks like I’ll have a lot of opportunities to try out the new winter gear I’ve bought.