Thursday, April 09, 2015

93 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

Savings from Bike Commuting

Gas:  7 gallons
CO2:  140 lbs

I was waffling big time Wednesday morning on whether or not to ride to work due to the afternoon forecast. In fact, leading up till Tuesday, the forecast was for rain all day but Tuesday night it changed to showers midday and the real rain starting not till 7 PM.  

So I decided to go for it.  I went for some different kit though, still wore the Lake 303s because the temperature Wednesday morning was in the 30s but wore two layers with orange cycling rain jacket. That combination is perfect in the 30s.  Also wore tights under cycling shorts because that way on the ride home if I misjudged the weather and it was really raining I could wear my new rain pants over them as opposed to my colder weather (re-purposed) riding pants that don't fair well under the rain pants.  I also road with my old mountain bike winter riding gloves because it was way to warm for the lobsters.

Riding up Tunnel Road, this Magna Mountain Bike is still sitting out on the side of the road. Initially, I contemplated picking it for parts but each time I look at it I say to myself it's not worth it.  My neighbor's son could use another bike, however, the cost to bring it up to speed just doesn't seem worth it. 

Overall, the ride in was pretty good as well as the ride back.  I missed the afternoon showers but leaving closer to 6 PM increased my chances of seeing rain on the ride home, which I did half way through the ride on Currituck Road.  It was a light rain, almost a mist, and it wasn't worth stopping to try out the rain pants,

First full week of April is almost in the books and the snow piled up at the end of the driveway has melted about some more.  I am still hoping that it will be there by the end of the month!

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