Commuting by bike on the snow-covered road

In my area we only have a couple of days of snow. Yesterday was one of those few days (sometime we have a year we have more days of snow, though). There was no prediction for snow the day before but rain turned into snow and had a total snowfall of 10 inches (25 centimeters). My kids like snow so they happily romped around in the snow and well I was glad to see them having fun.

The next day, on the other hand, turned out to be one of the worst days for commuting. The surface of the road was covered by snow,IMG_1749 and to make the matters worse, some shady parts froze and I had a hard time going to a work place. Since I anticipated traffic congestion because of the snow (people in my area (including me) are not used to snow), I chose my mountain bike. Well I had to push my bike and walk sometimes but I was able to reach my working place in time.

The saving grace was that it was a fine warm day but it will be cold tomorrow morning so I expect the road to freeze again.

Some bike gear review;
Today I wore a pair of gloves by Perl Izumi. I use a lot of Canondale products but for rides on freezing cold days, I definitely wear this winter harsh gloves. I don’t know what they are called in English but they are produced by Pearl Izumi and ones for the coldest environment (- 5 C). I paid about $80 for them. Today even though I rode in the freezing air and did not feel any coldness. They are good.


About dw64 (or Masa(aki) or Mark)

I am 52-year-old Japanese male. Ever since I watched Sesame Street when I was VERY young (5 years old?). I fell in love with American English and culture. I learned English hard and now I am teaching it. Then when I was 18, I had an opportunity to stay with an American family in Shell Knob, Missouri and I asked them to educate me as an American kid. So they taught me the American way and even my taste for food has changed completely so I call this rebirth! Then when I was 30 (I visited the U.S. several times but they were short stays), I joined the MA course in teaching English of graduate school in Vermont. I stayed about 10 months there (it was an intensive course). I stayed in a dorm and learned a lot inside and outside of classrooms. I got all the credits but I failed because of the difference in the context between the U.S. and JAPAN cuz it is so hard to teach English in The way I learned in the course because in Japan, teaching is about understanding grammar and structure in Japanese. But my journey does not end here. Last year I was admitted the CELTA course in NYC where I worked hard and got this certificate that certifies that I had finished the course and qualified to teach English to people who want learn English as a second language by Cambridge University standard. So if you are one of those people, send me a message and I can help you learn American English (I got this at Cambridge but basically they teach different English depending on location). Why did I pick NYC? Well, I am a huge fan of American everything! I live the country even when that demagogue guy is the President so I am an authentic fan of it. I mean, I love the U.S. more than anything in this world. There was a guy who loved Japan so much so after he retired he came to Japan and became a citizen. I want to do the same, actually. So now I am so into it, I listen to NYC CBS radio 880 all the time except when I watch dramas on Netflix, HBO or HULLU or read paperbacks on Kindle (read 70 books in the last two years). And then I am writing in English. I hope to be able to write something publishable in the future but I have to learn some more. As for my learning, I have almost done usual stuff so now I decide to do things that native speakers who wish to be writers will do. At least I learned 8000 words and phrases in the last couple years and I confirmed that I know more than 22000 words, which is tantamount to the number of words American graduate school students have. Well I might talk about these things, too, but I will talk about my favorite things in this blog. I love American dramas. I love the ones with some sci-fi portion in it. Like, from HULU, Gotham, Lucifer, Fringe, etc. I love good comedies so I love Seinfeld, SNL and night shows. Netflix? Luke Cage, Daredevil, and other defenders. I love legends of tomorrow, too. HBO, Game of Thrones!! And I also loved Night of and West World. I also might talk about cycling (road biking) and all other stuff! Please feel free to comment!
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2 Responses to Commuting by bike on the snow-covered road

  1. pudgycyclist says:

    When will the snow days end in Japan? We don’t get snow where I live, but we will get hard frost. I guess I shouldn’t complain about the cold weather preventing me from riding since you ride in the snow lol. What kind of mountain bike and tires are you using for riding on snow?

  2. Though Japan is large as California, weather varies much widely. So in northern parts of Japan, snow stays until April but in southern parts, it goes away before March. In my area, we start to have warm days in the end of February but we still have some cold days in March and actually it snows more often in March than in December. As for my mountain bike, it is by Canondale. It is called ‘Badboy.’ It is actually a bike good for both on road and in the mountains. I use regular semi-slick tires. They are good for both on the road and in the mountains but they “literally” cut no ice with the snow-covered roads or ice-covered roads. That’s why I pushed my bike around yesterday. Word is there are some good tires for snow but I have never tried nor I want to buy them for a few days in winter.

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