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foto friday: winter cycling

January 28, 2011

Winter Cycling

It looks cold and it’s all snowy and white out there, but I’ve been able to ride every day this week and it’s felt wonderful! It has been such a lovely way to enjoy the winter scenery around me, to see the frosted trees and snowmen in front yards, to hear birds chirping and to pass other cyclists, runners, or pedestrains not afraid of a bit of cold.

On a recent post, a reader commented that she misses the Midwest because…

Here in NYC people freak out when it’s 25 degrees in January. In the Midwest that’s almost cause for a picnic!

I had to laugh because it’s true! We’ve had a ‘heat wave’ with temperatures above freezing (high 20s to mid 30s F) this week and everyone is already acting like Spring is here. I’ve seen groups of runners in shorts (!), students walking around campus with sweatshirts and no coats on, and everyone seems to have taken to the outdoors as if we should be celebrating with a week-long block party. I guess that’s what you get when it’s well below freezing most days and winter lasts from November to April. Cold – like many things – is a relative concept.

How’s the weather where you are? Are you still out there cycling? Happy weekend, all! ~S.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2011 17:10

    Most of our winter looks like this:

    http://www.portlandize.com/2011/01/winter-cycling-portland-style.html

    But thankfully, the last few days have been really nice – foggy in the morning, and sunny in the afternoon. Temps in the high forties to low fifties. I can hardly complain, until it starts raining again, anyway :)

  2. January 28, 2011 18:04

    Today is lovely in Chicago. It’s 29 degrees. I can’t wait to head to work.

    I was ill for the first two weeks of January, but I’ve been back on my bike since last week. It’s been great. Really, we’ve only had one seriously cold day this winter when it was 1 degree in the morning at 12 degrees by noon. As probably know, the wind chill is killer on days like that.

    Whatever happened to those very still, cold days when it’s clear and sunny yet bitter cold? I can tolerate that kind of cold, but the wind. Aaaye!

    We have only 51 more days until Spring–not that I’m counting or anything.

  3. January 28, 2011 18:19

    It’s been nice in Seattle, but with strong and chilly headwinds. I’ve been biking every day, but am definitely relieved when the weekend comes to have a two day reprieve. I’ve definitely getting impatient for spring to arrive. :)

  4. January 28, 2011 19:59

    I live in Minnesota and I say if it’s above zero, it’s a beautiful day! Amazing how tough (or stupid?) runners are here too, running in shorts during our warmer, winter weather. (Just kidding about them being stupid!) I’m a runner too but I don’t pull out the shorts too soon. My boys had the day off from school and since it was a beautiful day, about 25 degrees F, we went out on a nature walk and had a great time. Found you through MadamOwl.

  5. January 28, 2011 21:47

    I’m feeling quite spoiled today as it’s about 65 degrees, sunny, and (for once in several days) not windy here in Colorado. Of course, we have very odd weather… as the saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather, just hang around for a few hours.” I think if it would just be cold in the winter and stay that way, I’d be okay with it, but my issues seem to be that I never know what to expect because it will literally be 60 degrees one day, and the very next it could be in the teens and snowing. I suppose it’s part of the beauty of this area though. While I’m enjoying a warm day here, I always keep in mind that in May when it’s sunny and nice in other places that are currently covered in snow, it will likely be snowing and cold here. :)

  6. January 28, 2011 21:50

    Here in NH the weather has been up and down, snowing one day, freezing the next, we had a balmy 30 degrees yesterday. I’ve been riding on and off but not consistently.

  7. January 28, 2011 22:21

    I think it is in the low 30s here, but lots and lots of snow! And today, your pink basket really stood out in your photo…could you be having a girl???

  8. January 28, 2011 22:44

    Hello, I’ve been enjoying seeing your posts from wintery midwest. I tagged you today in a “Stylish Blogger Award” post, feel free to read the rules there and play along by writing seven things about yourself and tagging seven other stylish (or otherwise new-to-you) bloggers.

  9. Dawn permalink
    January 28, 2011 23:16

    I live in Ireland, and while it’s not cold here, it is very rainy. I am still cycling but I have to bring a change of clothes with me everyday because I am always soaked through after two or three kilometres even with mudguards and a raincoat.

  10. erinsuzanne permalink
    January 28, 2011 23:53

    I’m one of those midwesterners who feels like having a picnic- snow on the ground, but temps in the mid-twenties today. This is the first winter I’ve been a bike commuter at all- it has been surprisingly easy to ride, though I don’t do it on mornings when we’ve gotten a lot of fresh snow. My city is remarkably bike friendly, so within 24 hours of any major snow storm, I have a clear bike lane or bike path for the majority of my short commute.
    I had the same experience that you did this week- pulling out my bike and remembering how short it makes my commute when compared with my walk in to work on non-biking days!

  11. January 29, 2011 00:03

    nail on the head. life is relative… :)

  12. January 29, 2011 01:34

    Here at the foothills of the Adirondacks in upstate New York, I agree with you, it is like an early spring. It got about 24 degrees today and I wish I didn’t wear my coat.

  13. January 29, 2011 02:25

    Even though Michigan is still technically the midwest it is so very different than Iowa. I have to smile when people here complain about the weather. Yes it snows here but it never sticks around for more than a few days (have yet to see more than 6in on the ground at one time) and the temps almost never go below 20F. I think the lake must act as some sort of insulation even though we are outside the lake affect area. Oh, and the have almost no wind since there are so many trees. It has barely felt like winter this year, especially when compared to last year’s Iowa winter. (oddly enough I sort of miss it…)

  14. January 31, 2011 02:36

    You look so CHIIIIC . . . ! I can hardly stand it!

    It’s summer here and I am wearing my daily uniform of a dress and bare feet. Not quite so chic. And my kids are hassling me about not having been on a bike ride for a while . .

  15. January 31, 2011 11:16

    You look gorgeous in this costume. It would be more chill to have a cycling in the snow.

  16. Melissa @ HerGreenLife permalink
    January 31, 2011 16:57

    The weekend here in my part of the midwest (St. Louis) was gorgeous, and I fit in as much biking as I could. The forecast today looks a little different ;)

  17. Leonard permalink
    February 5, 2011 23:29

    I’m up here in Western Finland, at 64 degrees north latitude.

    We had a little situation last week: After 12 weeks of temperatures below freezing (down to about -5F for some time,) it suddenly got tropical with 35F and RAIN. The streets were a nightmare with 10 cms of half-froozen slush. Then in two days it frooze again, down to 25F. All the ruts and boot tracks frooze in. Then it snowed for a day. The street and bike path surfaces looked like a satellite photo of the Himalayas.

    If you think that only the heroic cyclists were out, guess again. I counted 100 bikes parked in the market square, another 100 at the university. Myself, I put in my usual 10 kms commuting.

    Normal here at this time of year….

    Our spring comes at the beginning of April. Usually no new snow in April.

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