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Nice first ride in the COLD.

 

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Yes, nice ride in.  Saw a few more bikers than I expected on Black Friday.

I did.  LFP to Oak Street.  Lake was crazy angry this morning.  Oak Street curve was impassable so bikers went into streets at the underpass there.

I went through. And got some splash on the curve that soaked my feet. The rest of the run south to the flyover was just as bad but you could use the elevated path next to Lake Shore Drive for most of it. As much as I hate riding in traffic in the dark I'll probably have to use Dearborn after work. My socks are on one of the vents drying as I type.

I'm used to the curve being bad but the whole stretch south being impassable is new for this year.

When I have to take Dearborn (like last night), I usually head back to the LFP at North Ave.

Works pretty well.

It does, but Dearborn north of Kinzie is disturbing when it's light out, let alone in the dark.

I've noticed sometimes when I'm all bundled up, ride the elevator down and jump on my bike, the coolness actually feels really good. It's not every day but this morning it was a lovely, cool ride for me and after 4 days off, I was excited to get back to the office to see everyone. 

I did ride today.  Big headwind heading South on LFP.  Good burn for the ride in!

Had a flat on the Navy Pier flyover yesterday  :-(

Went to Navy Pier and called Uber Taxi.  Good luck for me that a handicap car showed up...my bike rolled right in.  Now to get the tire fixed.

Yes. Rode in on one of the new Divvy's since my bike is laid up at the moment.  Took city streets.

Kudos to Divvy! Their new bike is much more nimble, has variable speed due to belt drive.  I would say about 20% more efficient than the older model.

Are the new Divvy bikes lighter? I haven't seen a new model roll out in DC yet. We have the same older Divvy model, just painted red. 

Lighter, yes.  I'm not sure how much, but less unwieldy.  

I had the sun in my eyes this morning. Still chilly but nice to feel the sun on my face. Yesterday, when I was loading my bike into the elevator, a woman I occasionally see on the elevator was asking interested questions about my bike riding. It was incredibly sweet. For the most part, people are kind especially when they realize I have a way to minimize the amount of space my bike takes up. I've shifted my hours so I can leave at 4:30 while it's still a little light out. I'm going to try to come to work a little earlier next week... 

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