It's portrait season for me, so I haven't been able to go out on any adventures the last few weeks, even though that itch is growing and I may have to scratch it soon. I've been spending a bit too much time on CrazyGuy, which usually means some great escape from Los Angeles is soon to follow.
Which leads to this question. Where does one tour during the winter? What kind of winter-specific gear do you bring?
I'm fortunate that I live in So. California (I guess) and have pretty moderate temperature all year. As I write this it's in the 80s! That makes me a little ill-prepared for touring in colder climes. I'm looking at my clothing inventory and there's not a lot of cold weather specific stuff. I have layers of wool, but is that enough? Do people bring down jackets on winter tours? Really, I want to know!
Anyway, I stumbled upon some cool Rivendell related posts the last few days. Firstly, BikeRadar.com posts their initial ride reviews of the new Riv. Bombadil, which I must confess, I have been lusting over. Something about that raw metal /clear coat combination that exposes the brazing and the lugs gives me the tingles. Plus the double top-tube! The darn thing looks like the touring bike for the apocalypse, something Mad Max would ride after he's all out of that oil thing.
Another neat find (for me) is the Rivendell Flickr group. It's easily another way to get your wallet in trouble, if you know what I mean. After a few years of tinkering with my bikes, I've discovered that it's actually NOT more bikes that I want, but I constantly need a project bike. A bike that will always be indefinitely unfinished so I can twist and tweak it to the full extent of my bike geekiness.