Friday, January 18, 2008

Ice Cycling

For those, ok, for you, Professor X, who has been waiting for me to continue my Orthodoxy vs Orthopraxy blogging, I'm working on it when I can. I'm just not satisfied that I have some posts worth publishing yet.

Yesterday, I rode my bike in to work. It was below freezing and it felt like skiing. Wind in my face, the urge to blow my nose every two minutes. The roads were clear of any ice and the sun came out every now and then, so it wasn't too bad. It felt cold at first but I started to warm up about ten minutes into the ride. What was I wearing that I could cycle in freezing temps? A light, silk weight DuoDry shirt > a thicker, long sleeved version of # 1 > jersey > wind-vest. I added arm warmers and gloves and liners. For my legs I had leg warmers, no not the kind from Flashdance, like these ones from Specialized. Then I had on a set of thermal bib knickers. Most folks would wear leg warmers with standard shorts or bib knickers, not both, but I wanted to keep the blood going to my toes as warm as possible. I had on some really warm shoe covers and wool socks. My toes did get chilly. The best part? Pulling ice out of my beard when I finished.

1 comment:

B C Hatcher said...

Well, I won't say I am sitting on the edge of my seat all the time. I am curious to see where you go with the series though.