Today I got a late start because housemate and I were arguing about whether I should ride the bike. I won, barely, and she insists I can't ride tomorrow, which I will have to argue with again. Maybe I should get up 10 minutes earlier just for the argument. As the picture shows, it was lighter out than usual since I was late. It was -14 degrees F with winds about 7 mph from the NW. The wind chill must have been below -25 F since all the schools were cancelled. I got quite warm in that big coat. On the way home, it felt too warm. I'd like to downgrade to my other jacket but I'm being cautious right now. I added an extra thin face mask to my head gear. It made my goggles fog up, so I cut a hole in the mouth at the gym. They still fogged a bit on the way home but not as bad. Tomorrow I'll try rubbing them with some anti-fog cloth that came with them. My feet got cold. I came up with a solution that I hope I can try out tomorrow. I have these polartec socks that I can wear over my wool socks. I bought my boots too big on purpose so I could wear more socks, so maybe this will work:
Forecast is for colder and windier. Oh, I think my bike doesn't work as well in the cold. I feel like I'm going against the wind even when it's not windy. I wonder if the wheels are not smoothly turning. Maybe the grease is too thick.
From Dec. 22, 2008 to mar. 14, 2010 I posted about my daily commute in Madison, Wisconsin. It was fun to log pictures of the bike path and my brief thoughts and weather conditions throughout the year. Then I got interested in other things and stopped blogging for over a year. I still commute daily, even longer now (7 miles one way) and absolutely love it.
Now I'm blogging my biking experiences while traveling. I love to take my road bike and mountain bike along with me on road trips in the car. It's a great way to see the country and meet locals. It makes business and family trips a lot more fun, in addition to vacations.