cold rides ahead
Bring on the layering! First layer: Smartwool womans microweight bottoms, Modrobes eucalyptex base tee (currently reviewing for Bicycle Times more details in issue #16), a pair of BT sock guy socks. Layer #2: Royal Robbins convertible pants made of cotton/ canvas blend, Sheila Moon hooded jersey fleece jacket (details in issue #16 also), Alaskin Nits wool socks, my BT buff & winter riding hat. Layer #3: Modrobes ladies riding jacket (issue #16), pearl izumi womans riding gloves & my nutcase helmet.
Surprisingly, it only took me about 15 minutes to put all these clothes on. I had it all premeditated the night before, that helped immensely.
I neglected putting on treaded tires to the commuter bike I am currently riding / reviewing. I forget the new roads I ride are not "bike friendly". Its a mini highway where cars do about 45+ mph. An advantage is a 2 foot shoulder space, but it's filled with snow and sludge this time of year. Of course I slipped, and actually bruised my boob of all things. Which is extremely difficult to do. No, i will not be posting a picture. Sorry. Otherwise the ride was brisk and fun. The occasional non-car moments left a serene silence and moments of bicycle bliss.
On another note. My only female co-worker, Karen (editor for BT), gave me these awesome ear warmers.
They sit on your ears as an extra layer under your beanie and they come with a nifty bag!
I have had ear surgeries since I was 3 and I have to put cotton in my ears so I don't get infections all the time. Her Mom apparently rules and gave her 2 pairs and she parted with one. awww, right? Some people are still nice in this world? I guess so.