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Nice first ride in the COLD.

 

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This looks like it's gonna be an interesting ride home at 1030/11 pm from downtown. Woot! ;-)

The chemical warmers might be an option for you.  I used to think that those were too wasteful as I'm not outside for 8 hours at a time. Last year, someone told me that you just put them in an air tight container (like a ziplock bag), and then you should be able to get 3 or 4 bike rides out of a pair.

 



Glenn said:

Hi, no actually, it is just that I have tried quite a few brands.  I really never would overstuff a glove or mitten, as I know about air space and "wiggle room" very well.  I do have one pair of index finger mittens that worked tonight while shoveling the snow..they have promise.  Plenty of room inside as well.  I did order a pair or two of the Army Surplus sniper mitten liners online, and they are on the way.  I will let you know how it works out.  So you know why I am having so much trouble, I have had Raynaud's disease for a great number of years.  With it, your extremities get cold very fast.  This year I found the perfect pair of slip on boots that keep me completly warm...hands/fingers are the last point of pain.  Thanks for all of your help.

Started riding from the loop around 830 and just arrived to Little Village around 15 minutes ago. Such an epic/intense ride! Hope you make it home safely! 

Gabe said:

This looks like it's gonna be an interesting ride home at 1030/11 pm from downtown. Woot! ;-)

Snow dap

"SNOW DAP"

I was following someone's trail home tonight.

 

State & Jackson to Damen & Foster from 11pm to 12 am. Pants are soaked through and my feet are frozen but I loved it! ;-)

Genaro said:

Started riding from the loop around 830 and just arrived to Little Village around 15 minutes ago. Such an epic/intense ride! Hope you make it home safely! 

Gabe said:

This looks like it's gonna be an interesting ride home at 1030/11 pm from downtown. Woot! ;-)

Wells & Madison to Wicker Park after Elvis Costello at the Chicago Theatre (11:30-11:50). Pretty pleasant.

Gabe said:

State & Jackson to Damen & Foster from 11pm to 12 am. Pants are soaked through and my feet are frozen but I loved it! ;-)

Genaro said:

Started riding from the loop around 830 and just arrived to Little Village around 15 minutes ago. Such an epic/intense ride! Hope you make it home safely! 

Gabe said:

This looks like it's gonna be an interesting ride home at 1030/11 pm from downtown. Woot! ;-)

How was the show?? ;-)

Almost three hours of just Elvis Costello with 7 guitars. Only one song (Watching the Detectives) with an electric guitar. The rest was acoustic. People always rave about Springsteen shows; i.e. he played for three hours!!!, foolishly glossing over the fact that it was three hours of springsteen songs. This was three hours of Elvis Costello. See the difference? It was great!

Gabe said:

How was the show?? ;-)

Well Costello is a bit more low key so 3 hours may be over kill however Springsteen is more up tempo so may be easier to do for 3 hours. Aside from this I'm not a huge fan of Springsteen and might drown myself after 3 hours of either depending on the chemical makeup of my brain ;-)

tonight was such a great ride home had a huge smile on my face the whole time. god i love winter

 

i'm i crazy or just very happy?

I envy you all, As of this week I've not been riding, due to the fact that I'm out delivering Christmas Presents through the Post Office and I'm just plain tired enough when i get home.  But the joy of riding just isn't there for me this week.  I did ride home on saturday and just loved seeing all the houses lite up and no car windows to have to view them out of! just all wide open with my eyes.  Lovely!!!

Okay, last night was a little crazy. I left a holiday party, with three Guinness and one Grahamwich french press coffee in me, at State/Grand at around 6:30. At first it was just a little wet and sloppy, but by the time I got to Clark/Belmont the bike lane was covered and I had to ride in car tracks. Still, I had a blast... if you saw a big dude on a Breezer going real slow, swerving all over, singing Christmas songs, and sticking his tongue out to taste the snow--that was me :)

 

Still wondering if I should get studded tires. There were only a few times I felt like I might lose control, but as slow as I was going I don't think a fall would have killed me.

 

Be safe out there today boys and girls!

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