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Throwing in The Towel on the Bike Commute

Monday, November 18, 2013

I just looked at the weather forecast for the week. Tomorrow night, the winds are forecast to be 20-30 with gusts around 40. It won't be cold, but it will me dark. I have a hard enough time with the darkness; I don't want to compound my misery with the wind, too. It will start getting cold on Wednesday. The overnight lows for Tuesday night/Wednesday morning will be in the low 20's.

I quit. It's time to embrace my wimpiness and take the bike home. I can always work in a ride on the weekends or in the early morning.

And I just found an awesome cycling jacket at Goodwill this past weekend. Pity - it will likely stay in the closet until January or February, when I'll start up cycle commuting again.

On the plus side, this may mean I can go to the gym every night of the week. :roll eyes:

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GHK1962 11/19/2013 7:50PM

    Ok ... I don't quite know where to begin here .... so I will start with blathering on about other's comments.

1st up - GIRANIMAL!!!! Hey you. How are you? In my head you are a total biker animal. And shhhhh, I won't give away your car whamming ways. heh.

2nd - errr ... bad form Greg ... using someone else's blog post to say hi to someone else. Bad me. Bad. Bad.

3rdly - Don ... haha ... you and I BOTH got out of the rain and cold about the same time. HillSlug totally smoked us with her outside riding staying power!

As to HillSlug - I hope your cold does not manifest itself ... or at least not too bad. It's been rough for you this past couple of months yes? So I say, call your outdoorsyness to date a total win ... and ... yes on the gym. (rolls your eyes back to you so you can see better in the dark gym spin class....hehe.)

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GIRANIMAL 11/19/2013 1:32PM

    Ugh, I had a ride home here in Chicago one day last week that was SO windy, I finally hopped off about 3.5 miles in to check if my brake pads were dragging! So I feel ya. I usually give in to my winter wuss when we hit a good long stretch of 20s and below. I'm hoping to push a little further this year, but I dunno -- there just aren't gloves warm enough.
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HILLSLUG98239 11/19/2013 12:23PM

    I'm so accustomed to the wind that I feel kind of guilty riding when there's no wind. It's as if I feel I don't deserve such joy. As much as I gripe about the wind, it's a gift in some ways: it makes me a stronger rider, and on those days when it's not windy I feel like I'm flying.

But sometimes, the gift is just too much and I wish it would go away. emoticon

I fear I'm coming down with another cold, too. All the more reason to not be riding in freezing weather or small-craft warning winds. (My sinuses produce snot rockets when it's 70; below 40, it's continual; below freezing, probably lose more weight in snot than I do in sweat. And yes, you may curse me for that visual. Just be glad there isn't a snot-rocket emoticon.)

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DDOORN 11/19/2013 12:05PM

    Yeah, been there, done that...WAY long time further back than!

The cold, bundling up...just detracts WAY too much for me to enjoy my ride. Hoping for either some warm spells or LOTSA SNOW so I can shift gears to my cross country skis! :-)


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APONI_KB 11/19/2013 8:50AM

    I do so hate wind. There is just no call for it.

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EBRAINK 11/18/2013 9:53PM

    Whoa. We had 40 mph gusts this weekend. I can't even imagine flirting with considering to contemplate the slim possibility of thinking about cycling in that sort of wind. Yeeeks.

So if you're wimpy, I'm a fragile flower down to the deepest core of my being scaredy cat wuss.

Not to disparage flowers or cats by saying so.

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