Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Icicle Bicycle

When I got off of work this afternoon, I got a rather... hilarious shock. Apparently something either on or above the awning that I lock my bike up under started to melt in the sun, and dripped all over my bike and re-froze, incasing most of my in ice.

It was covered from handlebars to just past the saddle. I'm still uncertain as to how the water got on as much of the bike as it did. I've ended up with wet grips before when it rains, and with the last snow and ice I had just one frosted grip from something dripping on it, but nothing like this!

I had to spend a few minutes chipping the ice away so that I could at least work the rear brake and the shifter. My saddle was also coated, but it took just one elbow to the leather to break the ice off. It seems to be just fine, and in fact appeared to be dry underneath. Aside from ice breaking off and flying out of the wheels and the various noises accompanying that, it rode home just fine.

I've got her thawing out and drip drying over some towels in the kitchen tonight. I guess this means that I ought to start bringing some sort of tarp with me!


  1. You left a Brooks saddle uncovered? The horrors! ;-) The bike looks beautiful in the ice, even it if isn't functional. By the way, is that a Minnehaha bag on the front?

  2. adventure - Yes, that is a Minnehaha in the front. It's the medium saddle bag, which I didn't have space for on the back of the saddle, so I just hung it from the handle bars. :)

  3. Wow, that's amazing. I'm glad you were able to defrost it enough to ride home safely!

  4. Now that's what I call a Brrr-icyle. Glad the bike is recovering nicely :)

  5. Oh, my goodness! That is extreme. Maybe there is somewhere else you would be able to park it?