Join Date: May 2012
Location: Springfield, IL
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You are right about being later in winter... today was my first ride in to the office on studded tires, and it looks like I am going to have to set the alarm 5-10 minutes earlier to account for slower going now that I'm on the studs.
I have a routine of sorts, but I do most of it the night before. Do any necessary laundry to be ready for the next day, do basic bike check and air up the tires and grease the drive shaft if needed (I ride a chainless bike), make a batch of granola if I am out, pack the panniers for the next day (clothes, granola, etc.). In the morning, I watch the local cable weather channel for updated weather while drinking a diet pepsi, then finalize the pannier packing, dress, load up and go. Diet Pepsi is not the drink of choice for world-class athletes, but I like it and it starts the caffeine-kick and ensures I won't be thirsty for the half-hour commute.
I'll be interested to read any other morning routines...