I can’t believe I haven’t posted in over a month. Wow. What have I been doing? Well, to be honest I have been enjoying my time off over the holidays, starting back at UW part-time and working my butt off at my current place of employment. Surprisingly, I haven’t let this affect how much I ride though! I’ve been a good boy. I typically cycle 3 times a week to work and back, the other days are bus days due to being in class then having to hustle to work.
Other than the major snow day on Wednesday, I have stuck to my guns. In fact, my mission this year is to exercise for at least 20 minutes everyday, and so far so good! Fitness has become a big part of my life and luckily I am able to fit it in to my day in such great ways as cycle-commuting.
I’m also on day 3 of the Region of Waterloo Cycling Study and am finding it quite easy to handle. My typical gear already consists of a GPS heartrate monitor watch from Garmin which mounts of my handlebars, so turning on another GPS isn’t so bad. It sits in a pouch on my saddle bags and off I go. I just have to remember to charge the thing every once and a while. The study for me ends on the 27th, so it is short and sweet but I hope it is helpful in assisting with understanding where bike lanes might be useful, what hazards we encounter and where to plow more often!
If you are having trouble getting on the bike when it is cold out, do yourself a favour and leave the bike outside overnight! It seems to work for me. I know the bike is as cold as I am and for some reason that makes me feel better. I also leave the slicks on for the most part and have had no trouble. I find the knobby tires slow me down way too much and my route is typically bare. I’ve switched back and forth on occasion but find for the most part the slicks stay on. I should say that my “slicks” still have a decent tread on them, they are just much more smooth than the knobby tires. Not sure I’ll ever need studs, but who knows.. now that I wrote this I am sure to take a tumble tomorrow!
I’ll be back next week with an all new post on the monstrosity that is the Google bike rack. Just have to sneak some pictures of it.. must break out the wide lens.