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   Bike path on my way home from work.  With actual snow cover my studded tires are getting a real test, and they are performing nicely.  In loosely packed snow (right before it turns to slush) is the hardest to work with.  I slide around if I hit it going fast.  Everything else I can deal with.

   It has been a difficult time for my bicycle hardware. Pictured is a repaired battery pack. Water got into the pack and corroded connection to one side. I repaired it and the battery seems to be functional again. That is not the case for some other items. I am still down a headlight, a missing taillight, and my cycling shoe covers are shredding.  Winter has been hard on my bike.

No tailight

No tailight

After my ride to breakfast this morning I noticed the tail light was gone. On further examination I found the connector to disconnecting the light had a piece of plastic still in it. This means the light broke completely off. Sad. I liked that light.
   Temperature this morning was an astounding 50°F/10°C which is well above normal for January and especially warm just before dawn when the normal temperature should be 9°F/-13°C.  I rode to work in a light shirt and cycling gloves.  These are spring temperatures.
   Clearly this was not to last.  Wind shifted to the northwest and the temperatures took a nosedive.  By the time I rode home the temperature dropped to 28°F/-2°C and I had a sustained headwind of 13 MPH/21 KPH with gusts of 21 MPH/34 KPH.  Temperatures will continue to fall and should be in the teens tomorrow.