Monday, January 11, 2010

Ruby Tuesday - Snow Cycling




Ruby Tuesday this week is another idea provided by my Brother Chris (aka: CP) in the foothills of the snowy Wasatch Mountains north of Salt Lake City. It snows out there much of the Winter, with wonderful skiing (alas I wouldn't know :>)

He commutes to his place of employ as often as possible by bicycle. So he has his knobby 'snow' tires on his bike, with the proper lighting to be street legal. He is a tough guy, a swimmer when younger and the high altitude conditioning these days.

He noted in communication that now he gets what Ruby Tuesday is about. The original Ruby Tuesday suggested by CP was inspired by the University of Utah. The reds are subtle at first glance. Until the generator that lights the light is activated by furious pedaling motions. Thanks for the idea Bro!




23 comments:

Marites said...

very clever! i wish i have a bike to go around with. Happy RT!

Felisol said...

Hi, Ralph,
You are right; snow cycling are for the tough ones. I used to cycle to work some thirty years ago. One morning with new snow and some ice under I had a narrow escape from the tires of the local bus. Since then I've used the horse of the apostles in winter.

Both in Norway and in Canada one can race with dogs and a sledge. Might that be something for you??

The pictures of the fascinating cat yes are pure winter poetry.
From Felisol

Jim said...

Hi Ralph -- You know, I hadn't thought of it but our mountain bikes have those snow tires on them. Now if only ever we would get a little snow I could try it.

I used to ride my bicycle in the snow a little back home in Nebraska. The softly packed lanes were the best for that.
In winter though, I rode my horse to high school and walked before that to grade school.

It would be neat to see your brother riding his in the snow pictured. It must pedal hard.

Happy RT! Stay warm,
..

Leora said...

I like how you get your brother involved in Ruby Tuesday! Ah, one day we will head to Utah for some *real* skiing.

bj said...

I look forward to your Rubys each week, Ralph. You always have something delightful to share with us.
This is a pretty darn cool bike!!
xo bj

I barely have reds this week but enuf that I think Mary won't kick me out of the game...:O)

Carletta said...

I've never ridden a bike in the snow. I'm wondering how growing up in WV I never managed to have the experience. But then where I lived was mostly hills and I hated riding on them in the summer little alone in the middle of winter. :)
Nice post Ralph!

Dianne said...

wow!! biking in the snow!!
now that's tough, and cool

Joops said...

I bet its fun to use it, does it?

Art Enthusiast

chubskulit said...

I don't think I can ride a bike in the snow, I probably freeze my entire body lol.

Great Find Ruby

Robin said...

My husband bike commutes as well but snow is definitely not a concern. He's always amazed by the wintertime comments on his various bike forums about ice biking.

ilanadavita said...

I am not sure I'd like to try ice biking. Nice shots though...

B : ) said...

congrats to your brother on both his bravery and his "greenery" - and to you for featuring him in your post. B : )

eileeninmd said...

Your brother must be brave to be biking in the snow. Great shots.

Bond said...

What no skies on the bike for the downhill portion?

storyteller said...

Ah ... yearz ago I might have loved riding this myself (though perhaps not in the snow) ... I've not ridden my bike in longer than I can remember, but used to ride daily for exercise before Molly arrived in my life. Hope the snow tires help. Thanks for dropping by my Colorful Miscellany at Small Reflections. It's been MONTHS since I've shared my morning musings and I want to get back in the habit so I started today.
Hugs and blessings,
My Random Thoughts

The Cunning Runt said...

That's One Bitchin' Bro you got there, Ralph - I've always found bicycles in powder snow to be squirrely at best!

Gattina said...

I am already on the ground when I read this, nice pictures though, lol !

Jew Wishes said...

What wonderful photos, each one filled with the ruby tones that pop out at us.

Beautiful, Ralph. Happy RT!

Annie said...

Talk about diehard bicycling! I can barely get on a bike. Don't laugh. My sense of balance truly sucks. I sure like the images though.

Marice said...

cool! that reminds me of my old bike back then :)

u may view mine here

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Unique, Ralph! I cannot imagine biking in the snow. I guess I'm not hardy enough.

Greyscale Territory said...

A unique collection of photos plus loved the story with them! Ages a nd ages since I last rode a bike! And never in snow!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

With knobby snow tires
and lights all ablaze, the bike
zooms through snowy days.


Red bridge to somewhere!