After starting a new job, I’m reminded of the fun of bike commuting. A few main points:
- Riding a bicycle every morning and evening keeps me sane, especially because I spend 10.5 hours of my day sitting at a desk in front of a computer.
- Co-workers are always surprised and impressed and want to talk about it. I try to make it sound fun and easy, while at the same time secretly being proud of the one trait that makes me interesting.
- Businesses are really catching on. The new sky scraper where I work has a lovely secure bike room directly off the lobby. I was locking my bike up outside the building when a man from security saw me through the window and came outside to walk me to this magical bike room. Very nice!
My commutes continue to be dark and rainy, but I’m having fun. I’d better get used to the dark, as the days are only getting shorter. The rain will soon become snow, though. I say bring it on!
As for clothing, I continue to overdress. The temperature today was a relatively temperate 55 degrees. I wore sweater tights with a sweater dress and tore off my wool cardigan at a stop light en route to work. For the commute home I added my rain coat and leg warmers, and was hot by the time I got home. Those leg warmers are seriously warm!
Mr. Dottie wore his regular work site clothes with a wool shirt underneath. No fancy clothing or gear necessary.
Yesterday was – shocker!- not rainy and I enjoyed the ride home with my friend EA, stopping at a pub to enjoy mixtures of Guinness, Harp and apple cider. Somehow I forgot to take pictures. If there are no digital images to document an event, does it really make a sound?
Sadly, tomorrow is supposed to bring thunderstorms and I may take the el train to avoid lightening. Just when I’m getting back in the bike commuting groove…