I woke up this morning and it had snowed! This morning was time for some real winter riding. Gothamist posted an article this morning that would make Minnesotans chuckle about whether or not you can bike in the snow. I was also able to verify that other New Yorkers would chuckle about that article as well -- there were plenty other cyclists out getting to where they needed to be this morning.
This morning took a bit longer, because I forgot how annoying it is to get hard, cold snow in your eyes and face -- I had to circle back to get some eye and face protection. Also, got to go slower on the slippery days.
My Linus Roadster 3 speed has an internal gearing system and it got stuck on second gear this morning. That was just fine, because I rarely move it from second gear, the other two gears are simply a luxury at times when I may need them. I think there is some water stuck in there or some rust has began to affect the system, because the second I got it outside on my way home tonight, I switched from 2nd to 3rd and it stuck. Getting up the Manhattan Bridge incline was notably more difficult tonight!
I have read cautions that letting your bike freeze and defrost consistently can accelerate rusting. I keep my bike inside while at work, because, well, I can. Never had that amenity before and its pretty nice to know that it's not down on Broadway.
So, I am looking into picking up more of a beater bike if possible so I can put my Linus inside for the rest of this Wintery endeavor -- save the Linus until the warmer months when I don't feel as bad keeping it outside.