At the end of 2010 we had a lot of snow here in Shiga. On 31 December 2010 I didn’t get very far on my old mountain bike, but it was a beautiful day.
As a New Year’s resolution for 2012, I hope to get outdoors more often on my 1996 Trek 520 touring bike. It’s taken me thousands of kilometers around Shiga Prefecture (and a few in Mie). In 2008 I overhauled it and added a Brooks B17 saddle, a Carradice Barley saddlebag, and Schwalbe Marathon tires (Marathon XR 700x35c). It’s not fast, but it’s very comfortable and reliable, even on dirt roads.
In 2011 I got off to a good start in early February, but I haven’t gone cycling very often since rainy season, which began in late May. We had a lot of rain, and then I became extremely busy with weekend events at the university. Autumn was a disaster. In October and November I worked many weekends, it rained some Sundays, and then I caught a cold that lasted several weeks. In 2012 I hope to motivate myself to get back on the bike and ride more often.