One Foot of Snow!

Neither snow, nor sleet...

Neither snow, nor sleet...

Since yesterday, it has snowed 12 inches in north Chicago and it’s still snowing. What’s a cyclist to do? Well, first, be grateful that’s it’s a Saturday and the commute to work is not an issue. Second, have fun with it! This morning I had to babysit my nephew and if I was late, my sister would have been late to work, so I caved and took the el. Later that afternoon, my husband stopped by – on his bike – after a trip to Sears to buy new boots, which were strapped to his rear rack. He then cycled the 2.5 miles home (6 miles total).

Snow Bike - notice snow in crank

Snow Bike - notice snow in crank

I could not let him have all the glory, so this evening I decided we should ride our bikes to dinner. I picked a sushi restaurant only a mile away – this was not the time to push limits. I almost didn’t make it out of the alley because I was sure I would fall in all the slush and mess up my new knee-high suede boots, but finally sucked it up and went for it. (Yes, that is a hole in my tights.)

Outfit Pre-Helmet

Outfit Pre-Helmet

The ride there was quick and easy and the road mostly clear. Parking was a bit of a challenge, but not nearly as challenging as parking a car in that mess.

Bike Parking

Bike Parking

The ride home was more difficult, due to a maze of one-way streets, and we ended up on some streets that had not seen a plow or even much car traffic. I learned that I need to go quickly to stay upright, even though my natural instinct is to slow down so that if I fall, I’ll fall slowly.

The real moral of this story, though, is that I should probably keep off my bike when there’s a foot of snow on the ground if I actually have somewhere to go. It’s supposed to snow through Tuesday and then on Wednesday the temps are high of 0, low of -4. Let’s wait and see what I do about getting to work.

Ride safe!

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