This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

It's over dammit, the pretty weather went away!

          Sadly, all things must pass.  That's especially true here in the Midwest where we are witnessing the end of the intoxicating fall weather we have enjoyed.  It really did go on longer than usual and we have grown indignant over the interruption caused by our first winter snow.  I mean it didn't have to come all at once, but it did, or is.  We are supposed to have seven straight days of snowfall and the spandex hamsters are scrambling around to get their trainers set up and their Garmin whachacallits all calibrated so they don't miss out on a virtual KOM or their weekly excursion into Freddom.  

I have a routine as well.  Put the studded tires on the Hunq first, rearrange the bikes in the garage, wash the car and position it carefully out of the way of the bikes.  That way I don't loose sight of my priorities, I can still wrench on the bikes, and the car stays snow free in case I should need it sometime during the winter.
After all, I might actually need it.  It doesn't seem likely, but it could happen.


  1. I so admire you for riding through Michigan winters. I ride through the Memphis winter, but it's not the same. Not at all.

  2. The irony I see is that cyclists will retreat to their indoor trainers to stay out of the weather, but also cross country ski to take advantage of it. Go figure, there's not much difference when it comes to comfort.

  3. Love the picture of your bike in the snow. While I can't commute by bike because of my job, I try to get out as much as possible to ride in the winter. Studded tires are in the wish list. I like to XC ski, ( Milham park is just around the corner from my house) but a couple of hours spent on my bike in the snow is MUCH more enjoyable. In fact, I'd say my last ride to Alamo for drinks at Fricanos bordered on magical.

  4. You're right Milham Park is convenient for XC, but it doesn't get as much use as my bike does in the winter.