Sometimes it seems that it's especially the younger people who are amazed. (I'm 41.) I think they are still kind of in the teenage excitement over getting a drivers license phase, and have not yet encountered the idea of bikes for transportation, if they have not been fortunate enough to know anyone who did it while they were growing up.
After doing this for 5 years now, the pattern seems to be this. In the summer, they admire you because they assume you are simply passionate about your hobby, and that's cool. But when you continue in worse and worse weather, that interpretation wears thin and they don't know what to make of you, because who would ride a bike to work in rain and snow just for fun? By the time dead of winter arrives, and you attempt to explain that you do this all year, even on days when it's not strictly fun, then they just conclude you're weird. Oh well. The older I get, the less I care about that.
Over the Noon hour today I had a flat, and had to patch it. I did that inside, but I was outside pumping it up with my hand pump, and someone walking in from her car said "Boy, you have a lot of energy." The only response I could think of was "Yeah", but I was really thinking "You think pumping a bike tire takes a lot of energy?! That's kind of sad."
Sometimes I've said something to my building's facilities person about making sure that the snow shoveling crew shovels out the bike rack. After all, no one else has to shovel their own parking spot!
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Portland Maine Bicycle Commuting MeetupOriginally Posted by MadfiNch on Commuting forum
Some people at the Dr's office today were shocked that I was on my bike in 55 degree weather. I am amazed at how people think if it isn't exactly 70 degrees it's too hot or too cold to even spend time outside.
It's the heavy layer of crusted rough snow/ice on the unplowed MUP that stops me. New falling snow/sleet/ice will be a challenge to the nokian studded tires I picked up this summer.
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Every winter I become a bi-athlete:
My legs pedal and my nose runs!
I crack myself up!
Vehicular cycling techniques have not been tried and found difficult. They have been presumed difficult and not tried.
I hope my studded Nokians arrive this weekend because it looks like we are going to get some snow and cold. It's been in the twenties lately when I have been riding, but looks like it's going close to zero degrees tomorrow. I started bringing some of those toes warmers with me just in case my tootsies get frosty, but so far haven't needed them.
With the wind chill it was -30 C this morning and a few of the guys keep asking me when I'm going to drive (I sold the car in May) or when I am gonna stop riding.
Today we had 8 people show up for the cm ride and I have to give them all points for riding and I know we amazed more than few folks.
I was really amazed when we met a guy who had spent the last 200 days riding across Canada and who was on his way to Vancouver.
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Why, when I were a lad and in a stage show, during winter we used to cycle in, collect our breath in t'baskets on t'front o' t'bike and use it as dry ice.
Saved us a fortune, tha' knows. 'f course, we 'ad ter face sideways a bit when baskets wa' full, otherwise Tha could get punctures from shards of frozzen breath.
Used to cut down windchill by breathin' downwards ovver t'front of us tops. It'd freeze and med 'em perfectly windproof.
If we wa' shortsighted and t'natural lubricant ovver t'eyeballs started to freeze, we had us a mould made by optician in shape of us contact lens - gev us perfect vision for the journey into work so glasses nivver misted up.
Usedta stop us toes getting cold by peeing ovver t'boots - froz ovver and med 'em as windproof as tops.
Didn't bother wi' front of shorts tho' - cold shrinkage med us more airyodynamic fer winter races.
Why, I remember great freeze-up o' '47. Now that were a winter. Why, ah could tell thee some stories...
I just ask them if they've ever spent the day skiing or (like 90% of my co-workers) spent the day sitting in a tree stand waiting for some poor animal to walk by so they can shoot it. Those guys amaze me more 'cause they're just SITTING there.....BBBBRRRRRRRR! I must admit, though, I do enjoy their spoils.
put a mountain bike on lay-a-way for this reason &season,the rain,mud,slush & snow!perfect weather, yes my emps look at me like i'am nuts!first winter to commute for me,i sure don't like doing it on the old roadbike when the ice & snow gets here!
Work: the 8 hours that separates bike rides.
I sometimes think that winter tires for my car were a waste of effort since I'd rather stay off the roads.. lol
Same with gloves. I always buy them big for better circulation. Then I put bigger mittens over the gloves.
After last winter my coworkers eventually stopped asking if I rode to work on a particular day because they know I will no matter what. However, there is one woman who will still ask in a kind of obnoxious manner, "You didn't ride that bike today did you?!" I always say, "Of course, why not?" The strange thing is, I've ridden when the wind chill was 3, yet it will be 30 degrees and she'll still say it. *shrug*
I wear waterproof, insulated hikers that have an extra felt packs in the bottom and after that I have some nice polypro base socks that get covered by wool socks.
I've been riding in some pretty frigid weather over the past few weeks and it's -20C this morning (again) and my feet will be warm and dry (again).
I guess it's only fair that we pay some sort of price for not being forced to endure those insanely cold winters!
It is funny how people down here will gawk when I ride in 40 degree weather... but they don't see anything unusual about my riding when it's 100 outside...
I got the same comments today but not because of the cold. Oregon is being hit by the Pineapple express so it's very high winds; 40 -50mph gusts and tons of rain just hammering down. Made for an interesting ride and I didn't see any of the bikes on my commute that I usually do.
The only part of me wet is my head and a little on my feet. Gotta love cycling gear.