Any tips on riding in the psuedo snow?
It may be spring, but lovely Rochester, NY is still doing it's Winter-mode. I've been riding quite a bit and most mornings (since "spring" started) it's been right around, or below, freezing. That's scrape-the-frost-off-the-seat-before-you-sit cold.
I bundle up just using a few layers: thermal long sleeve, long sleeve tee, sweat shirt, water/wind-resistant riding jacket. Same for legs: thermals, warm jeans, water/wind-resistant riding pants. Couple pairs of socks, a balaclava, or kerchief+scarf. I wear my snowboard gloves which have a decent water-resistant outer shell. My "summer" gloves fit right inside the shell and zero wind gets through.
Block enough wind, you won't feel cold. Leave enough room in your bag in case you need to shed a layer or two. No matter what the gear says, it's not water-proof
, unless it's a scuba dry suit. Water will find a way in. Being cold and
wet sucks exponentially more than just being cold.
Keep and eye out for "puddles" which may be ice patches in disguise. It doesn't matter how much your street tires cost, they won't grip for on ice. It can be down right scary just riding straight ahead on ice (without ice screws) let alone what would happen if you dragging a knee when you hit it. I seem to encounter this often in the "valleys" of hilly areas and where there are large piles of snow -- e.g.
plowed piles in parking lots. Be careful out there.