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just another winter ride …

January 8, 2011

Campus

… nothing that special about it. Started out riding through campus, then made my way into downtown. Rode through the historic neighborhood and spotted some creative bike usage…

Bike flower pot

… and enjoyed the lovely neighborhoods…

Green house
Bike friendly street

All bundled up on my bike
… and got much braver about riding Nerp through the snowy streets. Where I used to hop off at the slightest patch of ice, I can now assess whether I can just ride slowly over it or whether it merits a complete stop and walk.

Also, on a side note, I’ve been wearing my sporty Giro helmet rather than my much cuter Nutcase because the Nutcase doesn’t fit over my hat. When it’s too cold to reply on earmuffs alone, I need to double up with a hat and a helmet. The Giro has a little size adjuster nob on the back that allows me to loosen the fit significantly, making it a better choice for those really cold days. Now, I know that there is a huge debate out there over the use of helmets and I really don’t care to ignite a controversy. I’m only mentioning this helmet tip for those who do want to wear a helmet and might find this information useful. Happy Riding! Don’t let that cold weather intimidate you – get out there and have some fun!

11 Comments leave one →
  1. January 8, 2011 14:56

    Adorable street sign! I like the idea of a hat under the helmet, maybe even a knitted headband to cover ears would work. Have fun and stay warm!

  2. Emily permalink
    January 8, 2011 15:50

    Your down coat is so lovely! Will you tell us where to find it?

    • January 8, 2011 17:55

      Emily – thanks! I love that coat, it’s sooo warm but also pretty sleek as far as downcoats go. It’s a “Tahari” coat found at TJMaxx last winter.

  3. Christina permalink
    January 8, 2011 17:33

    Good idea on the helmet switch. I ended up purchasing the Bern Berkeley snow helmet when REI had them on sale last month. It has a built in liner that was warm in the 25 degrees I rode in the other day. Plus, you can take the liner out in the warm months and it has warm weather padding to put in. I love it – it is low profile!

  4. January 8, 2011 20:01

    I love these posts where you take us with you on a bike ride! That first photo is gorgeous. It makes me miss my college, with its lovely campus and snowy winter days.

    Happy riding! xo

  5. January 8, 2011 21:03

    I am so glad to hear that you wear a hat under the helmet…I’ve been doing that but I always wonder if it is unsafe (in terms of fit) to do so.
    You look great and are inspiring as always!

  6. January 9, 2011 01:13

    really enjoy your winter shots, as a fact all 4-seasons well represented.
    what great happy attitude to roam around and always so classy =)
    here in SF we really dont have the seasonal-snow winter but you can sure hear us complain about our ‘cold’ weather in the low 40°s… =)
    xxo♥m

  7. January 9, 2011 17:10

    I’ve been wearing things under my helmet- sequined beret and knit head band thing that covers the ears. I also bought some simple fleece ear-cover/head-band things at Walmart. My little ears couldn’t do it without cover.

    I’ve enjoyed a bandana tied around my neck. It’s not as thick as a real scarf, but still some wind protection.

    I really like your coat too! Fancy!

  8. January 10, 2011 03:44

    Imagine how cool 6-month-ago-you would think this “just another winter ride” is. :)

    As far as hats and helmets, I stubbornly smush my Nutcase over my hat. I have a Bern winter helmet to avoid the problem all together, but this winter it just makes my head look real big, so I haven’t worn it yet.

  9. January 12, 2011 00:33

    After riding in South Florida where it was 80 today I found your ride something to think about as I plan moving to Northern Georgia to ride in 4 seasons again.

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