Category Archives: Winter commuting

Winter Bike Commuting – The Good

I should retroactively re-title yesterday’s post with either ‘Winter Commuting – The Ugly,’ or ‘Winter Commuting – The Bad.’  Not sure which it would be though, so I’ll pass.

Today’s commute was great. It was one of those rare days after a storm when the light is beautiful, the sky is blue, and the air is crisp. This was my view as I pulled into work this morning. Stunning.

I only needed a baselayer and windshirt this morning on top, and the standard shorts/tights/knickers combination on the bottom. Once temperatures hover around 40-45 at both ends of my commute, I’ll ditch the tights. Any day now. I’ve never been so ready for a season to be over.

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National Bike Summit March 8-10

The National Bike Summit kicks off today; this year’s theme is “Acting on a Simple Solution.”  I dig it. The League of American Bicyclists claims that half of all trips are under three miles, and 90% of those are made by car. That’s insane. But, at the same time, I know that I drive to the grocery store a couple times a week when it’s cold and I don’t feel like riding. The grocery store I usually go to is about a mile and a half away, and the one I go to every now and again is about two miles away.  Gotta work on that one. Warm weather will help.

 

Go here for more info: http://www.bikeleague.org/conferences/summit11/index.php

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Utah Weather at its Finest

Today’s commute was a prime example of everything Utah can throw at you (or, why I carry so much shit in my bag). When I left the house, it looked like this outside:

 

When I left work in the evening, it looked like this:

 

And when I got home, it looked like this:

 

It rained more or less from the time I got to work until it started to snow, about halfway home. My ride is only about 7 miles, and takes somewhere in the 20-30 minute range, typically. It was wet, heavy, nasty snow. My outer shorts, tights, and shoe covers had wet out at the knees and ankles, but my top was essentially dry (thanks eVent!).I spent a few extra minutes wringing out all of my clothes on the porch before I went inside.

 

I threw the roadie pedals on the Konamutter this morning, because I had the SPDs on the Fargeaux, and decided it was easier to put a different pair of pedals on than it was to pull the others off and put them back on the Konamutter. Not the best decision I’ve ever made. Roadie pedals suck for commuting, clipping in and out, etc. Plus, I had to wear shoe covers, and shoe covers are less than awesome.  I picked them up on sale a few months ago, but they’re designed for road shoes, so I hadn’t used them before today, outside of a test fitting right after I got them.  Unfortunately the zipper blew out when I put them on to ride home (you know, when I really needed them).

 

The rubber band worked pretty well to keep them from flapping too much, but the rain/snow found its way right down into the heel cup.  It was pretty rad.

 

Grabbed dinner and beers with a friend tonight, so there was some redemption there. Beer included a Rogue Kells, a Deschutes Inversion IPA, and a Deschutes Black Butte Porter. It was like I was in Oregon, except, you know, not. Food was the ever-ubiquitous veggie option, the Black Bean Burger, or 3B. This 3B wasn’t supposed to have cheese on it, but came with a thick slab of greasy cheese, so back it went. Probably returned with a little extra spit on it, but it was still ok. If I was a wannabe cajun restaurant, I think I’d try to make a vegan jambalaya burger, or a red bean and rice burger, or something a little more creative.  But no, 3B it was.

Weather tomorrow is supposed to be decent. Maybe it’ll be one of those post-storm bluebird-y days. I could get behind that after tonight’s commute home.

 

 

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