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Last week we were hit with another round of blizzards in Kalamazoo. On Wednesday night they closed some of the interstate and automobiles littered the ditch and shoulder like discarded match box cars.
I pedaled on, except on icy hills where I was required to hike-a-bike. I definitely do not advocate riding when the roads are treacherous but I braved the storm to prove a point. There are no good excuses for not riding your bike.
The real reason I rode to and from school was the discovery of my long lost balaclava, not to be mistaken for a Baklava, the sweet pastry. A Balaclava serves as winter head gear that covers your neck, ears and mouth if you so desire.
The balaclava was originated in the town of Balaklava Crimea where the cotton masks were knitted to protect the British Troops from cold weather.
The weather channel calls for 12 inches of snow, school is closed and there is no point in shoveling until it stops.
What are you going to do?
Watch Sports Center? Watch your favorite You Tube Videos? Visit Team Active.com? After surfing the web and couch get out and ride.
The key to surviving below zero wind chill is layers. Here are some tips:
This past week threw some interesting weather patterns at bicycle commuters across West Michigan.
From a 60 degree sock soaking thunderstorms
To below freezing ice covered black top
Even with the weather patterns short daylight hours i am still logging my miles. Some low cost suggestions to make life easier when it is below zero include sandwich baggies under your socks, neoprene glove liners and motivating music on your IPOD. Punk, Country, Metal, Classic Rock, whatever keeps the pedals turning over even though your toes are frozen.
I know leave you with some bike rack fashion.
Take care and stay safe
Name: Dan Frayer
Location: Kalamazoo MI
Miles Commuted per week: 90
Winter Commuting Essentials: Full Fenders, Single Speed Bike, Wool Socks, flashing head and tailights.
Mother nature graced us with the dreaded white flakes that fall from the sky today. Winter's burden is here to stay and I won't let that stop my commute. I enjoy it too much. I took full advantage of the wet cold weather and rode my bike to school. I commute year round because it saves gas, saves money, helps the environment and is an easy way to get in a workout before and after work or school.
August 13-18, 2007, a kind of mini-Lake tour around
Day 1: South Haven-Grand Haven
Day 2: Grand Haven-Montague
Day 3: Montague-Ludington, then across to Manitowoc on the ferry
Day 4: Manitowoc to Milwaukee
Day 5: Milwaukee to Zion, IL
Day 6: Zion to Chicago
"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving." ~ Albert Einstein
Brian C. Clissold, Music Director
Battle Creek Girls' Chorus
$3.43 per gallon
What is your excuse for driving now?