Thursday, December 10, 2009

Winter, I apologize. I'm glad you are finally here.

Well all.
Welcome to winter.
Gotta tell you it actually hasn't been that bad.
Although this morning was kind of a downer since I rode into a 15-20 MPH headwind all the way into work and was totally sweaty by the time I got there! It is such a fine line on finding what I need to be wearing for which conditions.
One of the tribulations that the FWBC deals with I guess.
This time of year I watch a lot of weather channel to find out what I need to have on in the morning.
Above is a picture of me and my daughter the other morning. It was about 20 degrees F when I left the house.

I finally found a jacket that served the needs of the easily seen and is quite high performance as well. It is paper thin and the only thing I had on under was my work shirt! It is crazy. Gore bike Wear. I am amazed at how sweet it is. And then my fluorescent orange smow board pants have been great as well.
It has taken awhile to get to get it through my thick skull that I don't need to be wearing much clothing but now that I have my commute has been much more enjoyable.
Good luck to all of you who are still riding and keep it up. I actually am glad that it finally got cold whereas a month ago I was totally depressed about it.


Jugomugo said...

This is my first winter bike commuting in the cold.

Here's my setup so far.

LizardSkins gloves
Novara wind shell (really thin, but does great blocking the wind)
A think fleece
Walz 100% wool cycling cap with ear flaps
Alpaca scarf ($5 at a thrift shop)

I've been super warm with this setup for far, although my ride is only about 10 minutes.

When it was -5 with the wind chill yesterday, I was overall pretty warm except the tops of my legs (only wearing Dickies pants) and my cheeks/forehead. The rest of me was good! Makes 30F days feel like summer! :-)

Debbie said...

You are so handsome honey! Love you, Mom

fwbikecommuter said...

Glad to hear that you are sticking with it through this lovely time of year!
Yeah, if you ride your bike all winter you will be the first one that says, "It's been warming up, Spring is on its way."
Thanks for reading.

fwbikecommuter said...

Ahh shucks Mom.
I love you too.