Yesterday was the first day that I rode to work. It felt guuuuuuuuuuuuuud. 15.8 Km’s round trip. Approx 23 minutes each way.
I park near the Monkey Tree Pub (in residential parking), hop on the goose and ride all the way to the ledge.
The day before yesterday, I had checked my weather app on the phone. Ok, it wasn’t clear skies (after all this is the wet coast) but there wasn’t a drop of rain in the 24 hour forecast. And wouldn’t you know it – I woke up to rain. Not hard rain. But it was wetting out for sure.
“Let’s do this thang!” I declared. I had loaded up the bike the night before, pack my saddle bags, helmet in the car, and off I went to drop the wee babe off at my mom’s house. After that pit stop, I drove to said parking spot (I sure hope I don’t get busted parking there), unpacked the bike from the back of the car, and off I went.
First thing I noticed: I wasn’t clad in anything that the other riders were wearing. Rain proof, wind resistant, bright yellow, red, blue jackets and lets not forget spandex of all shapes and sizes. Picture me in a fleece hoodie, with shorts and the only thing bright blue were the fancy gloves my hubby had bought for me from MEC. Oh yeah baby, I looked H.O.T!
Second thing I noticed: I don’t have any fenders. That’s fun in the rain. Thankfully, I didn’t have to ride in the mud (I was on pavement the whole ride) but the underside of my chin got a nice soaking when I hit a puddle. Thanks honey for taking those off my bike.
Third thing: I just have enough time to park, get on the bike, ride 22mins, unpack, sponge myself off, change and sit in my chair (actually I was 15 mins late today – but my time and swiftness can only improve right?). And then on the way home, the whole thing in reverse, in time to get the wee babe. Phewf! It’s a lot of work just trying to get on you bike and get some excersize (and save $$ in gas and $7.50/day in parking).
Items to buy:
- New helmet. Pretty sure the thing would shatter if I dropped it it’s so old.
- Fenders. Cuz let’s be honest. When isn’t it raining in Victoria?
- Bike seat cover for my patookas. I have one but it’s falling apart.
- Neon coloured jacket and spandex. Actually, I’m feeling a bit like non-conforming to the worker bees that pass me decked out in the bike gear so I don’t think I’ll be buying one of those. Call me a hippy.
Today, if it’s not pissing with rain, I will bike again. Because if I wait for the rain to stop – I’ll be waiting a really long time.
Do you bike to work? Do you bike in the rain or are you a fair weather rider? What’s your excuse for not riding? Working from home is a good one.