Autumn bike commuting
In the winter's-coming department, my coworker innocently asked me...
>>Came in one piece this morning on the bike ?
Actually, I came in many pieces:
- 1 pair cycling shoes
- 1 pair neoprene booties (mmm toasty feet!)
- 1 pair socks
- 1 cycling shorts
- 1 commando pants (mmm toast knees)
- 1 synthetic long-sleeve zip-T jersey
- 1 floro-green cycling jacket (it just got it's annual wash!)
- 1 pair full finger cycling gloves
- 1 pair over gloves (mmm toasty fingers)
- 1 velcro neck gaitor
- 1 tuque
- 1 helmet
- 1 clear safety glasses (they make good cycling glasses for darkness)
- 1 flashing front lite
- 1 flashing rear light
- 1 bike
- 1 backpack
- 1 lock
- 1 badge
- 1 set keys
- 1 set assorted bike parts and tools
- 1 set work clothes
- Assorted lunch
- 1 la Presse newspaper
- 1 list of after-work to-do item
- $1.55 for bran muffin - my reward for surviving the dark-season!
Every ride is an opportunity to reassess the clothing, and today I think I learned that +5 means two inner core layers, not one, although once the warmup phase is completed, I am not chilly. translation: additional fleece vest tomorrow.
It took a lot of years to figure all this out, and at the same time not end up looking look like the michelin man.