I have not been a “bike commuter” for the past two months, merely a girl who rides her bike everywhere. On Monday I started a new job (nothing exciting – a 3 week contract attorney position) and rejoined the hardy ranks.
I overdressed for the 49 degree temperature this morning, and pulled over midway to remove my wool cardigan and over gloves, leaving me in the outfit pictured above. I sported my new silk/wool blend legwarmers and glove liners from Winter Silks (thanks for the tip, EA!) and both performed very well, keeping me warm and dry but not sweaty. This is my first pair of legwarmers since the early ’80s. I love them – so easy to remove when I get to work. I was happy to have the extra layers and my raincoat for the chilly and wet ride home, though as you can see I put my raincoat on a bit late.
Now that the days are getting shorter, both the morning and evening commutes were in the dark.
The morning ride was quite nice – there’s not much traffic before 7 and drivers are always better in the mornings. Has anyone else noticed this? I was thinking about it today and realized that I’ve never been honked at or had any negative experience with a driver in the morning.
I met up with Mr. Dottie for the ride home, but unfortunately it was kinda crappy. We had to ride straight through the Loop (core of downtown) in the dark in the rain surrounded by heaps of insane cab and bus drivers. Not fun. I’m happy to be back in the action, though!