We had a brief break in the arctic temperatures this past weekend, and I was able to take advantage of that Sunday and go for my first ride of 2016. It was short–only about 40 miles–but it was sooooooo nice to be out riding again.
First step was to dig out all my gear that I’d put away for winter. Helmet! Boots! Pants! (Whew! They still fit!) Jacket! Now, where did I put my gloves? I know my registration is in this drawer somewhere… Where in the world did I put my key?
I finally unearthed everything and scurried out to my bike. I rolled it out into the daylight to do my post-winter, pre-ride check. Since we had such a mild November and December, my bike has only been sitting for about 2 months. I didn’t winterize it beyond connecting the battery to a trickle charger. In fact, when I checked my tire pressure, they hadn’t lost a single PSI. The chain was still well-lubed, all the moving bits moved and the stopping bits stopped. I held my breath when I turned the key, but it started right up–like I had just ridden it yesterday. Hooray!
In my (limited) experience, the first ride after not riding all winter is usually an awkward one as I get reacquainted with the nuances of the throttle, braking threshold, etc. But this time, for whatever reason, there really wasn’t any re-adjusting. It was just like picking right back up where I left off. I don’t know if it felt that way because I have more overall experience, or the shorter time period between my last ride compared to previous years, or maybe a combination of both.
In any case, it felt great to be out riding again. We’re back into cold, snowy, winter mode now until the weekend. Maybe I’ll get another chance to ride this weekend, too. Forecast is for the mid-40s. We shall see!