Random thoughts on the intersection of cycling, Buddhism and libertarian politics.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Bike to work week, Day One
So today kicks off bike to work week. I initially thought I wouldn't be riding, significant day notwithstanding, because of a remote off-site meeting this morning. However, since I forgot the clothes that I was going to take to the cleaner near work I figured I should go home and get my bike instead of driving. I am glad I did.
My house is between my meeting and work, so I would have driven right past my bike to get into work. As I said, I was planning on taking some clothes into the cleaner (since I was thinking I'd be driving I wanted to fit in other errands) and I forgot them. Because of that I got to ride in the light mist, on relatively empty roads. Commuting at noon, instead of 8 AM, was a breeze. Easy to catch lights, not as many cars, not as many buses, it was great.
I have determined that I need spats of some kind if I'm riding in the rain. I have full rain pants that I wore, and they do the job. I also have full fenders which work great, but like all fenders they seem to leave my shoes vulnerable. I know many people who add a leather or rubber mud-flap to the bottom, but I just love the clean look of an un-flapped fender.
I'm primarily a utility cyclist, commuting and shopping as much as possible by bike. I want to do some tours, and have done a few sprint triathlons. In this blog I tend to ramble on about whatever part of the cycling life catches my fancy. I have some seriou retro-grouch tendencies, and lean towards older steel bikes with tried-and-true parts.