Winter Beauty

Winter is my favorite time to ride a bike in Chicago.  The paths are relatively empty and there are many sunny mornings, when the blues and whites and sands shine brilliantly.

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There has been a little ice and snow this winter.  Just enough to add a bit of sparkle to the city, not enough to disrupt my routine or put challenges in my path.

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I cannot imagine Chicago winter without bicycling.  I think life would be pretty grim this time of year, if I did not have a reason to frolic outside with regularity.  And I would miss out on so much beauty!

 

 

  • http://nymblog.com/ Ezra Rufino

    Beautiful pictures, looks like your bike is enjoying the beach. Working on a little tan maybe?

  • Gladys

    This is my first winter bike riding to and from everywhere. I must agree with you, bike riding gives you the opportunity to enjoy things you would otherwise miss. I just wish I lived near Lake Shore Drive. Instead I live about 12 miles away. Boyfriend and I do ride to the city on our days off though.

  • Jessica Kleoppel

    You and your beautiful photos are right. I need to get back out there on occasion.

  • Jessica Kleoppel

    You and your beautiful photos are right. I need to get back out there on occasion.

  • guy

    Beautiful photos.

  • trailz

    I must admit, I’m very impressed you stopped to take out your camera! On those cold days, I try not to expose anything of me more than absolutely needed… my phone and camera stay put in my pocket/bag. Maybe if I had a good blog like yours I’d stop to take pics?? Naa. Too cold! Still, thanks for yours.

  • jane y

    What do you do with your BF when you get to work–can you take it indoors with you? DH feels strongly that I shouldn’t commute on my Foy (here in West Lafayette, Indiana) b/c I would have to lock it outdoors on a rack & he fears theft and/or banging around the frame.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      At work, I lock Betty to a wrought-iron fence outside in a secure parking lot behind the building. If it starts raining or snowing or if I need to leave her at work overnight, I can bring her into my office.

      Out and about, I lock her to bike racks on the sidewalk, but honestly I try to ride a different bike if I know I’ll have to leave her locked up for more than a couple of hours.

      There are plenty of dings on her frame, but I guess they add character. Someone once said she looked “well-loved.”

  • http://twitter.com/GigiIn312 GiGi

    Because I know you are a big fan of hand warmers

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/9e29/#tabs

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      Wow! Reusable hand warmers would be such a great help to me. I’ll have to give them a try. Thanks!

  • Susan Hayse

    Gorgeous bike!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wil-Davis/750405297 Wil Davis

    Nice pictures, lovely bike – thanks again for the youtube vid. describing your bike!