Monday, March 16, 2015

99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall ...

My 2015 bike commuting season started last week and I am already two months behind!  January and February were such depressing months that I didn't even bother to get on the trainer and I know I should have.  However, with the weather changing so abruptly I feel like I got caught with my pants down, at least mentally to get into the bike commuting mindset.  I am counting down my commutes starting from 100, and using the Bottles of Beer on the Wall folk song.


While the new commuting bike was ready to go and the ride up to this point was going nicely the only thing bothering me was my my DIY headlight mount and it was a little canted to the left.  I did my best to ignore it and concentrate on the road conditions because while the thermometer at the house said 34 degrees there was still a lot of black ice on the road and I was worried about slipping.


My other concern was whether or not I would be too hot or cold on the ride in.  Somehow I nailed the right combination of gear with a combination of short and long sleeve wicking shirts and my rain jacket.  It doesn't have zip pits but with the back vent and keeping the front zipper open I never got hot and never got cold.  I probably shouldn't have worn my Lake 303s because on the ride home I wearing the boots with shorts made me feel dirty.


Between my messenger bag and the Cannondale Handlebar Bag, I have just the right amount of capability to carry the necessary things to and from the office.  Laptop, clean underwear, lunch, iPhone, which rides in the map pouch atop the bag, light recharger, first aid kit, rain jacket when I am not wearing it, and wallet.  I think, however, I might have to invest in a good pair of packable rain pants.

Savings
Gas:  1 gallon
CO2:  20 lbs
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