November 30, 2017 - Adam shared this post with the Adventure Cycling guest blog. His website is WeAreTheCyclists.com.
In March we rode 100 miles on a two-day trip in extreme weather conditions. The whole trip took place in Lithuania, visiting the towns of Vilnius, Anyksciai, and Ukmerge (map below).
It was snowing heavily the first morning and raining periodically the rest of the time. Although we had enjoyed a few weeks with higher temperatures and no snow before the trip, as soon as we started riding, everything was covered in wet snow. We soon realized there would be problems if we didn’t do something to keep ourselves dry.
We still had around 70 miles to go and it’s important to keep your body as dry as possible, so one of us wrapped his legs from feet to knees with trash bags.
He looked strange and funny, but his feet were dry until we had to ride through really wet and muddy hills with no roads at all. With no chance of riding on such “squashy” dirt, we had to walk for a few hours. This walk made the most damage to trash bags.
That is what was left after the whole day. Even though the bags on the bottom of his feet completely shredded, the higher parts of his legs were still protected from the water and snow splashing from the wheels. This simple idea might save someone’s day.
Adam’s website is We Are The Cyclists.
Photos courtesy of Adam.
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