Did anyone else have an awesome bike commute this morning? I sure did!
I don't often look forward to biking 20km to work in the rain, but today was amazing. It was 11 degrees outside, and a light rain when I left my west-end home at about 8:40am (yeah, I was running late!). I was dressed a bit lighter than I usually would in January: underwear, MEC Rad Pants, long sleeve light "Powerdry" t-shirt, rain jacket, wool socks, Shimano cycling sandals, and rain booties.
It was actually colder in my garage than it was outside. As soon as I got into the alley, I knew I'd be shedding layers soon. Riding along Annette St., I was opening up my cuffs and unzipping the top of my jacket for more air. By the time I was around Dundas St. and Royal York, I had the pit zips open.
The headwind was very light, barely noticeable. I was flying along. I think I ride faster when I'm in a really good mood too. Warm January days do that to me.
Burnhamthorpe Rd., somewhere in eastern Mississauga. Really cookin' now, and even my feet were feeling hot! I stripped off one of my booties and shoved it in my pannier's rain cover. A few intersections later, at another red light, the other booty came off and now I was riding in a stylish combination of wool socks and sandals.
I hiked up my Rad Pants to let my ankles and calves breathe more. At the next red light, Dixie and Burnhamthorpe, I completed my transformation into a summer cyclist by taking off my jacket and rolling up my sleeves.
The final 4.5km to work were the best. Starting with the downhill from Dixie Rd., I was grinning like a madman as I pushed my way towards the centre of Mississauga. The people cooped up in their cars probably thought I was nuts. I think they're nuts. The rain was picking up a bit now too, but I didn't care. I was having too much fun to be annoyed by it.
Hell yeah. Bikes rule. Can't wait for the ride home!
(Ask me about riding when it's 11 degrees and raining in the summer and you might get a totally different opinion from me!)
Ryan Marr (not verified)
great rideMon, 01/07/2008 - 11:50
I only had a 5km commute but it sure was great this morning. I've been riding with my winter helmet and my goggles and winter coat but today. had a tshirt, light spring jacket and a pair of sunglasses. It was fantastic. IT really motivates you to ride hard and fast when you feel good and the conditions are nice.
Although I admit when the conditions are blizzard I get the same kind of inspiration. I cant say the same about when it's 43 with the humidex. Lets enjoy these days while they're here.
hamish (not verified)
nowhere near the commute butTue, 01/08/2008 - 01:09
It was such a treat to have the bike lanes cleared of snow east of Sherbourne as the city was unable to accomplish such tasks. Unseasonal temps work wonders, but it's not climate change, nope.
Anonymous (not verified)
Hairy!Tue, 01/08/2008 - 12:50
HairTue, 01/08/2008 - 13:11
Yeah, strange things happened to me after I hit puberty.
wy29 (not verified)
I rode on Monday tooTue, 01/08/2008 - 22:38
Monday morning was warm enough to wear just a single shirt, but I still wore a jacket because the ground is wet.
The good thing is the bike lanes are no longer filled with snow.
The bad thing is the bike lanes are filled with debris and dirt/mud.
I ended up with a trail of mud spots on my back, like a leopard.
A good price to pay for the 1st commute of the year though.
It would be funny if the Coldest Day of the Year is just as warm. Haha