30 April 2007 - 12:21Weekend Washout
I was hopeful that the weather would cooperate long enough to get a good ride in off road, but alas. I was really excited to get a leg over the Bandersnatch, and to get a feel for those IRD Fire XC Pro tires.
Last week, we had made arrangements to go for a good long ride on Sunday. We didn’t back down. We dodged rain drops for the first Five Hills Ride of the year. The 5HR is a silly local dirt road ride, with lots of climbing. The ride is centered around the store, and takes us up Barnes Hill, Gregg Hill, Loomis Hill, Perry Hill and Blush Hill in order, the five hills of Waterbury (and then some). You don’t ever really get more than 5 or 6 miles away from the store at any given point in the ride, which makes it convenient to peel off in the event you don’t feel like riding all five. Most of the winter and early spring, I’d do at least one or two of the hills to keep the legs and lungs in shape. I’ve been punishing myself on my singlespeed, and decided that yesterday would be a good day for Kermit and I to attempt all five in a row.
It wasn’t even really raining, it was more like a hard mist. The temps were in the low to mid 50s made clothing choice interesting. It didn’t really warrant full rain wear. I chose to wear my Endura Halcyon wool jersey and Endura HumVee knickers. (I also wore wool Argyle sox to complete the whole package)
I chose wisely!
I was not cold, nor was I too hot. Wool is good like that, keeping you warm against the elements while allowing your body to breathe.
I give two very hearty thumbs up to Endura.
Incidentally, Endura is a Scottish company, and as the saying goes, if it isn’t Scottish, it’s crap.
Well, if the weather is crap, then I’m wearing Scottish clothes!