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I’m So Done With Winter Riding

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Ice Bike

I know that I really can’t complain. Riding my bike during the winter in north Texas is nothing compared to riding up north. It still sucks.

The cold is one thing, but when you throw in winter rain and the occasional ice and snow storm, riding becomes a real chore. I hear the phrase, “There’s no such thing as bad weather just inappropriate clothing.” all the time. I just wish it were that easy. I do follow the rules of layering and dressing for the last mile, which really helps.

I also feel, having the right bike – or the right bike setup – is also key. At least, get a good set of fenders.

I Need Fenders

Fenderless

I’m so glad, spring is here and riding is much more pleasant. Bring on the summer.

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March 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Into The Storm

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Into The Storm

When you become a bike rider, you quickly learn the importance of keeping an eye on the weather. You never want to get caught in a Texas thunderstorm. Unlike my days living in the northwest – where the rain is frequent, consistently light and often drizzly – rain is rare in north Texas during the summer. But when it comes, it comes hard – usually with lightning and rolling thunder. It’s very intimidating, when you’re on a bike and typically avoided – especially by me.

I knew that there was a storm rolling through yesterday morning, but as I scanned the online radar and checked the hourly forecast, it looked like I had a small window to run an errand and grab a quick cup of coffee. My prediction was slightly off.

I did manage to get my mail sent off at the post office without a drop of rain, but as I rolled towards my coffee shop, I saw the dark clouds and lightning moving into my area very quickly. I decided to park it at my Starbucks and wait it out. Another interesting thing about Texas thunderstorms is that they usually leave as fast as they come.

With my tall, black coffee and the sound of pounding rain and thunder just outside, I comfortably read through a chapter of my book. Before I was able to get into the next chapter, my wife called and, after reminding me how crazy I was, asked if she needed to come get me. The rain was much lighter at this point, but she warned me that another wave was heading our way.

Wet Bike Lane

With a bit of pride and a lot of stubbornness, I declined her offer and told her riding home wouldn’t be a problem. I packed my book back into it’s Ziplock baggy and hit the road. Fortunately, most of the ride back was light and drizzly, just like my days up north. The streets, however, were still flooded from the storm and because I didn’t have fenders, I got soaked.

Soaked Shoes

Aside from that, riding in the rain was actually pretty fun. I’ll still avoid the thunderstorms, though.

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August 18, 2014 at 7:55 am

Stupid Rain

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DO NOT ENTER

Before I get too far into this, I want you to know that I actually LOVE rain. We don’t get much of it during the summer in north Texas, so any little bit is more than welcome.

That doesn’t stop me from being a whiny baby about it, especially when it comes during my ride times. Sure, I ride my bike in the rain all the time – but I don’t like it. I don’t like the lack of control or visibility. I don’t like the discomfort it brings when I’m not prepared. I’ll stick it out if it’s a sprinkle, but if the clouds seem threatening, I’ll seek cover and pass on the ride.

Storm Coming

Another Storm

Being the selfish bastard that I am, I’ll go through a series of emotions ranging from anger, sadness, disappointment and even a slight depression – all just for missing out on a ride. These are some of the same emotions that I go through during the winter months, when I ride less frequently. It’s hard to describe, but if you really enjoy riding, I hope you would understand.

Suburban River

These emotions come over me in twice. The first is an immediate reaction to the foul weather and having to cancel out on something that you were anticipating. Any parent would know this feeling, not  getting enough private time with their spouse. The second is how I feel towards myself for giving up on the ride. Lots of people in rainy climates ride in this all the time, without thinking twice about it. Why the heck can’t I cycle-up (I dislike the term ‘man-up’) and get out in it? I feel like a big ol’plate of FAIL.

Then I remember days like this:

More Road Rash

Ouch!

I suppose we all pick our battles and I guess mine is the Texas heat. I really don’t mind cycling in 100+ degree temperatures. What’s funny, is that when I’m riding on those days, all I do is wish for rain.

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August 25, 2012 at 7:15 am

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Texas Thunderstorms

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Suburban River

Contrary to what you might have heard about north Texas, it does rain around here – a lot. Sure we’ve had some of the longest stretches of drought paired with triple digit temperatures, but when it comes – it comes. I’m not talking about that soft, misty stuff they get up in the northwest – that I can handle. I’m talking about a Texas thunderstorm.

The local TV weather folks typically refer to our thunderstorms as ‘severe’ – with thunder and lightning that would make a Greek god, jealous. Not to mention producing enough downpour, notorious for dangerous flash floods.

But even as ‘severe’ as they get around here, storms usually don’t last more than a few hours. Today’s downpour is one of the few exceptions, going on for 12 hours, so far.

Because I’ve been caught in a couple of them, I’ve become an avid weather watcher – especially before I ride long distances. There’s nothing worse than getting caught several miles from home in one of Texas’ thunderstorms.

Storm Coming

Stranded

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March 20, 2012 at 6:20 am

Rainy And Cold

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DO NOT ENTER

Rain – I don’t mind. Cold – is not a problem. Rainy and cold – just sucks. If I had some better, winter rain gear, I wouldn’t mind so much.

I suppose that there are days like this so that I can get things done around the house.

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February 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm

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