Keep riding

October 9, 2009 | 2 Comments

I’ve learned a few lessons in dealing with weather forecasts this summer and fall. Deciding on whether or not to ride my bike used to come down to the hour-by-hour forecast on; is it raining now, and will it be raining around 6pm. This approach didn’t prove very useful through the relative drought of a summer. Yes, I am from the desert of Idaho, and even I think it was strangely dry. Too many people say the weather was crappy for all of June. It was not! It was perfect! It was often cloudy, but it was nice and cool and it only rained like one day!

Anyways I’ll be sucking it up and riding my fendered mountain bike in the rain, because although I live just under a mile from BC, the shuttle bus in the evening takes longer than walking. It has been months since I’ve ridden in a motor vehicle (other than the occasional bus, and my car to go grocery shopping on Sundays) and I couldn’t be happier. And I’m looking forward to the challenge of bike commuting in the winter. Knowing that even the best cyclists, riding in the bike lanes, can be struck by otherwise considerate motorists, makes me happy that I don’t have to use heavily trafficked roads. Other than Beacon near the reservoir, which has a sweet buffer layer along most of it.


2 Comments so far

  1. Zev on November 8, 2009 3:29 pm

    being that I worked in a restaurant on newbury street in June… I know it rained a lot more than one day. Lucky I only had a short 4 mile commute by bike each day. I know there were only 4 actually sunny days in June, and more than 30% of them were wet.

    But winter riding can actually be fun. I first switched to fixed gear for the winter, but full fenders (not just clip ons) will be what saves your life… and pant legs.

  2. m2mayer on November 16, 2009 6:27 pm

    I love the cool weather, too, since I can ride harder without getting sweaty. And it’s fun riding in precipitation, provided you own a bike that you don’t mind getting dirty.

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