Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A** Freezing Weather

Check out the little dots made by the studs.
For me it is too cold to ride today.  Minus 27 degrees is a little nippy to say the least.  Although, as I sat in my warm vehicle, I did see a lone cyclist stopped at a red light, breath streaming from his mouth, eyes goggled against the cold.  He was wearing lots of flourescent reflective clothing so he was easy to spot.  And I say he.  Everything about this person told me it was a male but if you cover up a female with tons of clothing, she could look rather masculine too.

I'm telling myself that I shouldn't feel bad about driving to work.  Chris Chan, one of the most dedicated year - round riders I know said on the internet that the weather was so bad that he took a bus - which for him is a rare occasion. As well I had read an excellent blog entitled "The Most Difficult Thing About Winter Cycling" on "Breaking Chains and Taking Lanes" one of my favourite cycling blogs which gave me pause for thought.

 On Sunday,  I was already dressed in my overalls and ready to volunteer at "BikeWorks", the Commuter Society's bike repair shop when I stepped outside to check on the weather to decide if it would be worth opening the shop in the afternoon.  I needn't have worried.  When I checked their website, there was an announcement that the shop would be closed due to the weather.  It was expected that no one would be out in the deep snow riding let alone needing repairs at "BikeWorks".

So I sit here at my computer admiring those stalwart cyclists who brave every type of weather and placate myself with daydreams of finer cycling weather.


  1. h
    Hello my friend good to see old man winter can no beat you I love reading your stories just wondering do you volunteer at BikeWorks a lot if so when it would be great to see you and have a coffee I have been trying to ride often not very impressed with the new bike though seems it cant handle me so let me know when you are at BikeWorks next and I will try to make it down for a visit
    Thanks your friend
    Waterfiltration Don

  2. Happy New Year Don!
    I volunteer at BikeWorks on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month from 1Pm to 5Pm. Hope to see you there!

  3. Hi, Mike! This is Linda, Roy's sister in Manitoba. He just sent me the link to your blog and I have been enjoying your stories, even if I am not a bike riding fanatic like you and Roy!

    I can't imagine riding a bike in the winter, let alone riding with the temperatures being as cold as they have been this winter! My hat is off to you!

    Keep writing these great stories . . . I intend to stop in every now and then.

  4. Thanks for the shout out!

    While I've been riding all this week, though often hopping on the LRT with my bike, I wouldn't call it enjoyable in this weather. The worst has been the bumps of packed snow. At first I was like "wheee - moguls!" but after a couple of days my back said "enough!" leaving me to diet of painkillers (but still riding, cause I still gotta get around).

    But hey, it's been the worst January snow in more than 20 years, so no shame in looking for other modes of transport.