Snow Biking in Japan

cycling training on snow with road racing bikes with studded tires

Furano 13

Temperature: minus 28 degrees Celsius in Furano.

It was a super cold day because of the radiative cooling. It was minus 25 degrees Celsius before the start. The temperature still went down during the training. He wore ski goggles with heating lenses. The lenses of normal goggles would freeze in this cold condition. The bike and its wires were covered with rime produced by the intense radiation fog. The frozen wires made the lever of front brake very heavy and the rear derailleur unfunctional. It had difficulties changing the speed. The mineral oil of the rear hydraulic brake augmented its stickiness and it was taking long time to put back the brake pad.