Saturday Commute


An old railroad bridge.


That awkward moment when you have to tell a tree that autumn is over.

On the way to work my chain was behaving strangely again so I pulled over to take a look and found that the derailleur pulley (I think that is what it is called) was not moving freely. When I got to work I sprayed some WD-40 on it and that seemed to ease the problem on the way home. I look at it again tomorrow.

The sky was dropping huge flakes of snow on the way home, totally beautiful. I will never get over the stillness and peace of biking in a heavy snowfall, it feels special every time.

When I was a few miles from home the giant flakes morphed into fine, little powdery ones and the snow let off. But then a crosswind thought it would have its own share of fun. It blew the powdery new snow from the tops of the snow banks (which were about the height of my handlebars) and across the road. This created an odd effect: I could see everywhere except the road in front of me. I pedaled carefully, hoping that there were no obstacles hidden under the cloud of billowing snow. Nothing was blocking the path and I made it home safe and sound. (I did experience one epic fishtail, though.)

To work (10 miles)004
8:10 am to 9:35 am

8F, 16 mph Southeast wind, snow

I wore
Head: ski goggles, balaclava
Torso: two thermal shirt, rain jacket
Hands: winter gloves
Legs: yoga pants, two pairs of thermal pants, rain pants
Feet: socks, boots
Comments: Nice.

From work (10 miles)
8:35 pm to 9:55 pm

5F, 9 mph Northwest wind, snow

I wore
Head: ski goggles, balaclava
Torso: two thermal shirts, rain jacket
Hands: winter gloves
Legs: two pairs thermal pants, yoga pants, rain pants
Feet: socks, boots
Comments: Nice.

11 thoughts on “Saturday Commute

  1. Clean that stuff off as soon as possible. WD40 is to be used only as a rust/dirt cleaner. It is NOT a lubricant. You can actually do damage to parts leaving it on there. Take those cogs off (you’ll us an allen wrench) clean everything and then lube with a good waterproof grease. Lithium grease works well too.

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  2. Bribikes, it looks like you’ve unintentionally waded into one of the most contentious debates in cycling: that of the best bike chain lube, or, whether WD-40 is even an acceptable lube. Religious wars have been fought with less ferocity than that exhibited between cyclists and mechanics of the various schools of thought. If you ask ten cyclists of bike mechanics for their opinion of the best bike lube, you’ll get ten opinions, often voiced loudly and proclaimed as if they were speaking the word of God itself.

    I personally have no problem with WD-40 myself. The original formula (there are various specialty formulas today) is a mixture of mild solvents and light oils. I don’t see WD-40 as a replacement for a regimen of a strong solvent + dedicated bike lube, but for regular application (I do a few times a week in the winter) would serve you well in keeping the chain rust-free and decently lubed. It’s also very good for freeing stuck components, as you’ve found. I keep a can of it handy throughout winter.


    • Wow, good to know, I had no idea lube was something to fight over! Thanks for taking the time to share your perspective.

      Maybe in a few years I will be opinionated too, I suppose we will have to wait and see 😉


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