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29 November 2017

Winter Riding in November

... and more typical November fun
Near Potamia on a rainy day

So, even though I posted twice in October, it seems I'm back to my "once a month post" scheme of things. Too bad. This year's November had a certain quintessential novemberness about it. There were colorful fallen leaves, clouds and thunderstorms, cloudy days, and clear and sunny autumn days.

I started out at the "sprint" in Spain (the friends I work with call it a "sprint" when we all work together for a week in one place). I cycled a lot there and even got to ride in rain for a few short moments. I don't think it was more than 3 times 10 minutes in total. It helped take a bit of my anxiety about riding on wet roads away.

Back on Naxos I enjoyed the riding too. At some point I mounted my fenders / mudguards on the bike again, which officially starts the winter season. Last year I had a lot of trouble with the things. I had changed tires and the new ones (Continental GP4000sII) are drawing a bit more volume, so the mudguards fit only barely. Every little bit of dirt that got stuck on the wheel made itself known.

This year I switched the bike back to the "old" tires (Continental Grand Prix 4 Season). More space under the mudguards, a lot less fiddling around to put them on. The first rides with the mudguards felt a bit weird, like wearing long trowsers again after the summer.

One of the first rides then made the mudguards worth it: I had just arrived at Giannis' bike shop in town when it started to rain. I tried to wait out a bit of the worst, then I went home and enjoyed half an hour of not-very-heavy rain on the way. (I took these two pictures on the way.)

A rainy donkey near Potamia on a rainy day

Another late afternoon ride led to a different adventure. I had dressed up quite warm, but not in full winter mode. I then went up to the mountains. The problem was only that at this time of the year, starting out at 4 in the afternoon brings you very close to a night ride. The sun is only very low near the horizon, not much of a source of warmth. Up in the mountains (around 600m above sea level for most of that route), it can get cold. In the end my GPS recorded an average temperature of 4°C with a low of 2°C. Definitely something that I managed to survive, but too cold for comfort.

The next rides were warmer, but still I managed another typical autumn adventure: I cought a cold. Which means more than one week without cycling now. Sitting at home definitely is nice once in a while, but it starts to be enough now... thankfully I'm improving. I'm looking forward to hold my nose into the wind again.


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