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I'm all kinds of crabby. Tired of being cold. Tired of not being able to feel my face. And desperate for some sunshine. Things that have added to my mood?

1. Able-bodied pedestrians hogging the elevator (I am required to use w a bike) when I JUST missed it (making me wait 5 more minutes in the cold) and no one moved to reopen the doors. After I wished I had yelled, "You are all going to HELL!" but alas, that's a little too mean for me.

2. The elevator at my arrival station broken and wouldn't open on my floor so I had to go up one floor and carry my bike down the stairs.

3. I can't feel my face!

4. My hands are cold 95% of the day. 

5. My CORE IS COLD!! (Kramer reference)

6. "Well-meaning" but nosey individuals that tell me I can't bring my bike on the Metro (oh yes, I can and I WILL)

7. Pedestrians with their noses in their phones that walk in front of me and my bike

8. Motorists. 'nuff said.

9. The freshly smushed rat I had the sad displeasure of nearly stepping on this morning when leaving the station.

How about you? Anything making you all kinds of crabcakes? 

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I have that problem EVERY SINGLE NIGHT when I get home. I put the heat up over 70 to stop freezing. 

The best approach I've personally found is a hot shower with sugar scrub (gets the blood flowing again) and a cup of hot tea. That seems to be the only thing to warm my core. 

Chiming in late to say that this January and February has been the worst two months of Chicago biking that I can remember since I started being a bike commuter in 2011. I think we had 32 straight days of precipitation at one point, with the temperature always hovering around freezing or well below. I stopped even trying to bike and got into the habit of taking the El. The last two weeks of biking have been such a relief.

Kudos to those of you who braved the bike lanes for the first two months of the year--I salute you!

Being hungry when it's super busy delivering.

People telling me where the bike lane is when I'm riding up the sidewalk to go to the bldg in the middle of the block and the bike lane is going a direction I don't need.

My customer doesn't live on the bike lane!

People telling me to GTF out of the street because I'm taking up the whole road as I ride past a row of paralell parked cars, 2 Ubers parked in the bike lane and FedEx Postal Service in the opposing lanes.

Bumping shoulders of someone who thinks they have the space on the sidewalk and I should move.


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