Part 1: No Offseason
Most of my riding buddies have put away their bikes and are doing offseason conditioning. You know, boring stuff like, elliptical trainers, treadmills and indoor cycling. I have a good indoor cycling trainer and an elliptical machine.
I only use my boring indoor trainers when there is no alternative. In the Winter I prefer to snowshoe, cross-country ski, downhill ski, and most of all, ride my 9:Zero:7 fat bike.
Here is my fat bike all tuned-up and ready to go. The tires are 5" wide. Tire pressure ranges from 2 psi to 30 psi. At 2 psi these tires have a monster footprint and can handle very deep snow. I typically run 5 to 7 psi, which provides plenty of traction.
Part 2: Heat Wave
The temperature got up to sweltering 10 degrees. So I bundled-up, grabbed my 9:Zero:7 and went for a ride in my neighborhood.
My wife bought this thermometer that shows a hummingbird and some flowers. Right now, flowers and hummingbirds are not due back in these Colorado mountains for 7 months.
Part 3: It's a Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood
Here is a good shot of the road conditions in my neighborhood. We only got about 9 inches of snow.
While I was riding on this pleasant little stretch of road, I got a call from my daughter in Washington State. Her car was making a funny noise and she was 100 miles from her apartment. Her car was also vibrating going down the road. She is going to graduate school at University of Washington . So I stood in the snow and tried to diagnose a car that was 1,000 miles away. Fortunately, she got home alright.
Here is my 9:Zero:7 waiting patiently for me to get off the phone. Even on a cloudy day, the Orange powder coat finish on the 9:Zero:7 glows.
Part 3: Fast Bulldozer
Riding my fat bike is a really good workout. However, the 9:Zero:7 is a snow racing bike and moves remarkably quickly. My top speed on this ride was 26.2 mph. Average speed was a bit over 10 mph. However, the effort to make this bike go that fast in snow is intense.
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