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Good lord the roads are proper shit today. Layers of ice and slush and lots and lots of rump braille snow. I went slow, and steady, and rode straight upright and didn’t have any problems with slipping, but damn it was a bit nerve wracking on the hills. It was grade A gross. But you know what, even crawling at half speed, even though my toes were a little wet, and even though it was super putrid out, it WAS STILL BETTER THAN TAKING THE BUS!
It wasn’t that cold, it wasn’t that nasty, and I got home only 10 minutes slower than normal.
I saw other cyclists, and I saw evidence of their trails, so I know I wasn’t the only yahoo out there today, share your adventures below.
Tags: but in ice, ice, nasty out, snow, the world will not end in fire
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On crisp winter days one can understand the truth of our inner fire. We, in a very real sense, are burning. The oxygen we breath combines with the food we eat in a process very much like combustion. We are human shaped fires.
When its just above freezing, with no wind, one can see clear evidence of this inner conflagration. Riding in this weather can be slightly cold to start but resist the temptation to over dress. After a mile or so your inner fire turns on and the warmth will spread to your extremities. You can ride like this indefinitely. When you do stop a cloud of steam rises from your mouth, showing you the evidence of your burning.
Harness that flame, use it to propel yourself, slice through the chill air moving with a speed that is at once satisfying and human scaled. Don’t waste your inner inferno sitting in a metal box. Tap it, harness its power and move under your own power. Get your bike and turn that fire into motion!
Tags: cold day, inner fire, ramblings
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I had an absolute lovely time riding in today. Roads were empty and not too bad, no traffic, and it wasn’t as cold as I thought it was going to be. We will see how going home is.
EDIT: Ride home was also pretty good. I slipped and slid all over the Longfellow, but other than that wasn’t too bad. Been hibernating every since. I am becoming more and more convinced that a bicycle will do just fine in most weather conditions. But then again you don’t need to ride in the snow if you don’t want to.
For those of you that asked, I ride a fixed gear aluminum bicycle, with 25mm slick gator-skin hard shells on them year round rain/snow/shine. I am sure snow tires, or something else would be better, but this is what I am used to so this is what I go with.
Anyone else ride? Share you stories. Open thread below.
Tags: open thread, winter riding
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I am not big on the “traditional” holidays, but do find new years to be a good time to look back and look forward. This has been an awesome year for cycling in this town, thanks to everyone who checked out this little website and thanks to everyone who contributed to make it and cycling better in this town.
Happy new year’s everyone. May your 2014 be full of good roads, tail winds, and smooth cycling.
Tags: happy new year
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And there was a fair amount of wind as well. But you know what, I rode my bike, and so did hundreds of other people. Because there is no such thing as bad weather, only poor clothing choices.
I had my rain pants on, my rain jacket, some water proof gloves, and I was happy, warm and dry. And as an added bonus everyone at work got to say (for the 1000th time), “You rode your bike to work today!?!”
When I went outside and the rain bounced off my arm and hits me in the face with a little sting I briefly questioned my “year round biking lifestyle,” but when I got to the Longfellow and saw the poor poor people packed like fish into the red line, I knew I had made the right choice.
99 out of 100 days riding your bike to work is like enjoying a fine piece of chocolate, or a spring day, or a kiss from a loved one, but once in a while its total shit. Today was that day, as will be roughly 3.65 days this year (if it really is 99 out of 100) when riding your bike to work is not that fun. You can make it more fun with proper clothing, but sometimes it just a little bit of an uphill struggle. I see the very few bad days as my payment for the hundreds of amazing ones. A small price to pay.
Tags: ice rain, pointy rain, rain, rain ice, rain snow, snow, snow rain
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Sometimes you find awesome bikes out on the street. Such as this gem. Just look how classy that ride is! So much to like about this, from the fenders to the chain-ring, to the front fork. I actually stopped and stared at this machine for a good couple minutes.
Tags: awesome bike, raleigh folder
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Forgive me for a moment as I traverse into the realm of quasi-mystical-bullshit, but I would like to talk about The Flow. The Flow for the uninitiated, is the feelings/actions of moving through, over, and around all obstacles in your path in a perfect flowing motion.
People who practice parkour talk a lot about this, as do surfers, and surprisingly people who like curling. The idea is you move around things without disturbing them. This doesn’t mean you blaze through traffic messing everyone else up. It means you ride your bike with things like light timing, pedestrians, other traffic, and even things like the sun and what angle it is at, in mind. The ideal Flow situation is one in which you break no laws, encounter no stops, and flow effortlessly though and around traffic in such a way that you achieve the maximum speed with minimal disturbance of everyone around you.
When you have The Flow, you will know it. You feel amazing, everything is working out just right, and you will melt right through even the gnarliest traffic. You will hear no honking, no one will swear at you, and you will just move. This level of Flow requires extreme attention to detail, excellent knowledge of your environment, knowledge of your bike and bike handling skills, and above all focus on what you are doing and where you are going, where you have been, and where everything else on the road is going to be in the near future. You literally have to attempt to see everything, figure out where it will be in 10 seconds, and then position yourself accordingly so that in 10 seconds when you get to that light you will be right where no one else is going to be.
Obviously this almost never happens. You have to stop, lights turn red, people walk into the street, cars pull out of driveways. You will almost never achieve ideal Flow. That doesn’t mean that practicing this hyper focused style of riding has no benefit. When you are paying extreme attention to what is going on around you, you are safer, you will notice the person crossing between cars, that truck backing out of a driveway, the cabby about to change lanes without signaling, these skills can and will make you a safer cyclist. It will also most of the time slow you down slightly. Going too fast means you have no reaction time, no reaction time means you can’t adapt to changing situations, and not being able to change and adapt means you are going to crash into something.
Today I had zero Flow. I have no idea why, but everything was wrong, cars were too far over, or not far enough, pedestrians were aggressively stupid (walking out in front of moving cars), the bus drivers were not paying attention… in short it was a shit show. Anyone else notice traffic being especially problematic this morning? Anyone else experience The Flow?
Tags: half cocked ravings of a mad person, the flow
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We got attacked by spammers today. These little shit balls thought it would be fun to sign up for about 500 new spam sites. So…site registration is turned off for a while. If you are dying to start your own site in the next day or so contact me.
Tags: silly spammers, spam attack
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