i cant go into banks anymore
i cant go into banks anymore
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The same conversation at the end of each workday:
Employee: "Can I give you a ride somewhere?"
Me: "No thank you."
Employee: "Are you SURE I can't give you a lift?"
Me: "Yes. No thanks."
Employee: "It's awfully cold out there. It would be no problem."
Me: "I'm prepared for the cold."
Employee: "I could fit your bike in the back."
"I thought of that while riding my bike."
- Albert Einstein on the theory of relativity
I also hate the cold doom talk. Everyone wants to give you a ride or, a stare. I had a co-work call winter riding stupid. Of course he was trying to get his car battery jump, after work. I rode and smile. Do you get that question; don't you get cold? Why are you riding? I just say, nothing, smile, and enjoy my ride. I enjoy the freedom. I really see mother nature's work. It is grand!
That it's not summer. I know it sounds whiney and not funny.
To me winter cycling is certainly rewarding, it's challenging for sure, and because I'm riding it's fun. But a honestly every day I think to myself "man, I wish it was summer!"
I never wish for winter in the summer. Never. I live in the wrong climate I know. I'm gonna be here for a while too. I'll ride on.
The getting dressed part.
looking like a giant green marshmallow
Swing Dancin', Load Haullin' Mama!
I hate road salt. They just started using it in my town this winter. It turns the streets that before were hard packed to something like mashed potatoes and there's no way to ride in it. I hate that.
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1982 Miyata 912
1998 Wheeler 5900 with front and rear air cushion suspension
2006 Giant Reign
What do I hate?
not being able to wear shorts most days for several months
having to wear a balaclava every time it gets it below freezing. This is sooo constricting.
often windier than the Summer so I can get blown about.
Rains more regularly. It's always mild when it rains, but the house is still chilly, so I end up boiling in jeans, sweatshirt and waterproof coat to get to class, when it's actually warm enough for a tshirt
Always having to bring lights-In late December the sun sets as early as 4:00 for several weeks.
People's reactions: How can you ride in a cold snap. "How can you ride? It's like -5 (23F) outside. And your in just a hoodie!" When you're actually warm enough and enjoying the ride home.
black ice, when it occurs
What do I like:
Not getting hot and sweaty
shocking people by wearing shorts when it's mild
not having to be burdened with a million litres of water.
crispness of the air on a nice day
getting sick less often than everyone else.
*Having a bike that weighs 30lbs
*Putting on 15, yes 15 extra pieces of clothing
*My max speed for the ride is equal to my average summer speed.
1. Deciding what to wear for a 1 hr commute for the given temperature.
2. Worrying about how dirty my bike will get- both practical and vain.
3. Always making sure that my batteries have a full charge.
Every time we let a vehicle pass there is a little bit of compromise. But compromise allows the city to function and allows cyclists to function in the city. The trick is not to eliminate compromise but to learn how to work safely within it.
the thing I hate about winter riding is,
it doesn't last all year. it sucks that summer arrives and ruins it.
I like fat bikes
and I cannot lie.
I hate the fact that I don't have 20-20 vision, and all the complications that flow from the fact that I wear glasses.
My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything.
The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library.—Peter Golkin
Lucky for me, I work at a library and bike to work.
Deciding you have to pee after getting all this crap on.
Icy goggles. Never used to have the problem and now I do. It sucks when you're all warm and toasty but can't see a damn thing.
If you're not riding with a psychedelic gecko on your shirt, you ARE having a substandard experience.
Rushing to get dressed in the morning.
Having to continually recharge batteries.
The fog and the air pollution created by the inversions.
When the red air days are declared, the valley smells like I'm always downwind from the dump with a diesel truck alongside me with its exhaust pointed in my general direction.
Definitely salt. Salt, and sand.
To quote the immortal words of Private Judy Benjamin...
"I WANNA BE NORMAL, I WANNA GO OUT TO LUNCH!"
"Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey
drive train wear and tear.
brake pads and chains don't last very long in this weather. it would help if it was IGH and disc brake.
Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
The last few days have been very snowy and cold. The worst is seeing your chain coated in brown salty road slop that you know is going to cause you grief with your chain. There is no way I'll get to washing the bike this week till at least Sunday (how can you wash a bike at 2F outside... just not practical... around 22F it may work). I'll just have to slather on some more oil today. So far Synlube is working MUCH better than any of the other lubes I've tried before.
As far as clothing goes here are a few things that have made this winter MUCH easier to deal with:
- Climmits from SideTrak - no more heavy gloves are needed. Just wear a thin pair of full fingered gloves and you are all set. I can still open and close zippers, etc with these gloves on. No problem down to 2F
- Toe Clip covers also from SideTrak - I can now wear my comfy Merril Ventilor shoes down to 2F for 5 miles without any problems. Much more comfortable than winter boots. For longer outings I have full shoe covers. The full covers work, but are a minor pain to put on and take off.
- E-Vap coat from Foxwear - One coat keep me comfy from around 50F all the way down to 0F... modern wind-proof yet breathable soft shell fleece is amazing stuff. All I need are a T-shirt and the coat down to 12F below that I just add a long sleeve jersey as an extra layer
- Polar Shield pants from Foxwear - Again one set of tights me comfortable from from 40F down to 0F.
Therefore a change at work involved swapping pants for tights and a dress shirt for a breathable T shirt. Put on my coat, add a hat and the gloves and off I go. No more 2 layers of pants, and two layers of coats as I had to do my 1st winter.
I did buy a balaclava at Christmass and have found it to be nice for those days where the temps are below 15F... otherwise a hat that covers my ears works just fine.
Happy riding and stay warm.
1. Salt & sand on the roads.
2. Poorly plowed streets.
3. Having to put on layer upon layer of clothes.
4. Having to turn on my bike lights when it's only 4 PM!!
Only thing I do like about Winter... It's not Summer! (In NYC isn't miserable riding a bike in 103 degree weather with insane humidity and smug like nothing you've ever seen...)