Friday Commute

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A mailbox struggling to remain seen above the snow.

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001Do temperatures above freezing actually exist or are they the figment of an active imagination from the pre-ice age?

The good news is I am getting proficient at subzero early morning rides. I have no idea what I am going to do with myself when I can actually coast on the way to work without my chain slipping.

I am also getting better at handling my bike in snow. On the way back from work I ran my tires at full pressure even though I had to bike through decently deep snow in some places. I have learned to be very gentle on the handlebars and almost let the front wheel choose its own way through the snow. Then I use my body to keep the bike balanced and upright. Seems to work well.

At the beginning of winter, I would tense up all the time while biking through snow, especially the sandy, brown, snirty stuff. My fists would clench around the handlebars and I would force the front wheel to remain rigid. I had to make myself loosen up multiple times on a ride. But now I am pretty confident in my ability to stay balanced even when I slip or slide.

I shocked our supplier again today when he asked if I had biked in to work this morning.

Helpful coworker: “She bikes in every time she works!”

To work (10 miles)
3:25 am to 4:55 am

Weather
-8F, 10 mph West wind

I wore
Head: ski goggles, balaclava, head band
Torso: thermal shirt, soft shell jacket, rain jacket
Hands: winter gloves with liners
Legs: two pairs of yoga pants, thermal pants, rain pants
Feet: socks, boots
Comments: Toasty warm.

From work (10 miles)
3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

Weather
4F, 16 mph West wind

I wore
Head: ski goggles, balaclava
Torso: thermal shirt, rain jacket
Hands: winter gloves
Legs: two pairs of yoga pants, thermal pants, rain pants
Feet: socks, boots
Comments: Gusts of wind blew through the little vent holes in my balaclava and made the side of my face feel numb. Thankfully, the crosswind didn’t last too long.

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14 thoughts on “Friday Commute

    • I apologize for making you feel guilty, although I probably shouldn’t apologize at this point since winter isn’t over yet and I will have another subzero commute tomorrow.

      I do love cooking, my job makes all the miles worth it! (Even though I love the biking for its own sake, it is nice to step into work excited for the day.)

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  1. Amazing how you do it man,..really cool..First of all, in that weather its hard to get up so early..I am sure its your ride that gets you up so early with excitement..

    Ps: What about lights, you are not mentioning them..do you use adequate lights:)

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    • You got it! Every morning I get up and look out my window with excitement, what does the weather have in store for me today? Biking in summer is going to be so boring compared to this 🙂

      I run a Urban 700 from Light & Motion on my handlebars and two taillights from Serfas; one on my helmet and another on my back. I keep my taillights on flash-mode whether I am riding in the day or night.

      I would not feel safe without them.

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