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Snowy Commute Open Thread

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 05

Would you rather have this:

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Or This:

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The choice is pretty obvious, at least to me.

That was THE BEST COMMUTE I have had in weeks.  The roads were sloppy as hell, more often than not my back wheel was not behind my front wheel, but it was sooooo nice.  No cars, no pedestrians, so peaceful and serine.  Like the whole city had decided to slow down, and be calm.

I also saw about 10 other cyclists out there having the times of their lives.  We all smiled and laughed at one another, it was a good time to be out.  We all had that look in our eye like “we have discovered something no one else knows about, and its awesome!”

Some of my co-workers think I am nuts for riding a bicycle in weather like this, but I think they are the ones who are nuts.  You would have to be crazy to get into a multi-thousand pound vehicle capable of sliding out of control and crushing you or someone else in weather like this.  Cars/trucks are just too big and dangerous to drive when the weather is bad.

The biggest problem I was going to run into today was plopping over into 5 inches of fluffy snow…or being crushed by a car…which are too dangerous to be on the roads on days like today.  Lucky for me it most everyone decided to walk or take the T, so I more or less had the road to myself.

What was your morning commute like?


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Lovely Ride To Work: Open Thread

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 02

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.


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Winter Cycling Open Thread

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 25

Got a question about how to stay warm, what to wear, how to ride in the slush.  Ask them here and I (and everyone else), will do our best to answer them.


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Worry About The Rain All Day, Walk Outside And The Rain Stops: Rain Day Open Thread

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 18

oh yea!

Post your best rain day adventures in the comments.


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Too Nice To Be Inside: Open Thread

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 04

Its simply too nice for you to be inside, but if you are stuck share your favorite sunny day rides in the comments.

Where do you ride when the weather is nice?


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Riding Through Back Bay After The Bombing: Open Thread

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 17

I rode into work through the Back Bay area today.  It was very strange.  Bomb sniffing dogs, national guard with rifles, absolute gridlock bumper to bumper traffic, and lots and lots of media trucks with cameras and reporters.

The entire thing felt surreal, is this really happening in our sleepy little metropolis?  Its been so…weird…just so nuts the last few days.  So many emotions, and they surge and fade.  I keep thinking about losing a leg, and not being able to ride my bike the same way as before, and what those poor families who have lost loved ones must be going through.  And why for the love of all things good and pure someone would do such a horrible and useless act.  I am not sure I will ever understand fully, or really ever come to terms with this, but I think the best thing we can do is continue to do what we did before.  Live our lives, live them free, and full of love and compassion.

 

 

I do have a couple of suggestions for folks thinking about going anywhere downtown in the next couple days/weeks:

Leave your car at home.  You will not be going much faster than a toddler waddles, and I saw more than one car overheating in the gridlock.

Get on your bike, its gorgeous out there, and its really the fastest way to get anywhere these days.

Tell the people close to you that you love them.

 

 

I want to here from you, what have your experiences been like?  Have you been riding in that area?  Leave your thoughts and comments below.


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Blizzard Day Open Thread

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 08

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(Get your bike off the street, or it could end up like this poor soul)

Who rode into work today? Who is planning on doing a little snow biking? Any adventure, plans, parties? Want to talk about anything else? Blizzard day snowy open thread below, leave your thoughts in the comments.

I rode in today, and hope to escape before the real bad stuff starts. In case anyone is wondering the secret to riding in a blizzard, its to wait till a truck rolls down the street then ride in the tire track. Go slow, in a straight line, take the lane, and don’t lean into the turns.


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Slush Day Open Thread

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 16

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When I got to work today I was covered in a quarter inch of snow, after shaking it off like a dog I realized that it had insulated me and kept me both warm and dry.

Anyone else have adventures today?

Open thread below.


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The Word On The Street

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