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It snowed all over my bike this morning, not long after I got to work.  It was very pretty, but I was glad to already be in my office, thinking about my wet seat.  I hope it dries up a little.  I’m not going straight home tonight, and my fenders are crappy.  (New ones on the Xmas list!)

I’ve not been as alone as I have been in years past commuting in the cold, but the numbers of bikes on the racks near where I work are shrinking weekly.  That there’s still bike traffic at all with gas prices going down makes me happy as a warm bike seat.

We missed doing a Halloween ride, and we haven’t gotten together in months.  Are folks still riding into the winter?  Anyone wanna do a short holiday ride, with warm goodies?  :)

Okay.  Oh, my.  Trains will be packed, as will traffic on roads — for cars.  Who wants to cycle to Inauguration Day?  I’m not really kidding, if there a few takers.


Depends on who you believe. Treehugger reported on a “study” saying we do, complete with accomplices who sell filters. Be sure to check out Ruben’s comment about some cool DIY filters and the add-on, “I also put a lanyard on my filter, so I could spit it out to yell at bad drivers.”

I don’t know. When I’m behind a bus at a redlight, I try to breath…less. But sometimes you can’t help it and keep taking in clouds of who-knows-what deep into your lungs. Right when I went car-free, I noticed that puffs from vehicles affected me more, though I think that might be largely psychological, one way or the other.

I am no expert (my degrees are in philosophy, lol), but maybe the damage to our lungs is offset somewhat by the fact that we work to get places, that we’re not sitting on our big asses in traffic, texting our friends about the great breakfast sandwich we just got at McDonalds.  Exercise like cycling around [hilly] Baltimore can’t be bad for you, can it?

And I swear I read somewhere that the air inside of cars is as bad, sometimes worse, than the air outside.


Alex lost his bike recently also:

My Kona Explosif was stolen from outside Velocipede bike workshop.

It is dark green, with rigid bronze project 2 forks. Silver stem and handlebars. It has a fat front slick tyre and skinny rear slick. Brooks saddle (b17). Beer can shim on the seatpost (black). Spd pedals (with resin cage). Front hub is bright blue anodised quando, rear is a shimano dx. Mavic rims (f)517 and (r)717. It only has a rear derailer (ie 1×7) but the crankset still has three rings. Xt shifters and brake levers.

Please leave a comment with any  info, and we’ll put you in touch with the owner.

Man I am ashamed. I havn’t been on my wheels in over a month. This is by far my favorite time of year to ride but a broken bike and a new career I guess will give you some dry spells. Walking to the store is ok but, I miss that sound only a bike can make as it rolls through leaves.

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