Feb. 17, 2011
The weather report this morning was hard to believe–56°F at 7 a.m., with a predicted high of 74°, and in mid-February, too. All the snow and ice had melted from the roads, yesterday’s fog had lifted, and the sun was scheduled to shine. It was high time to put away the first commute of the year.
The big question was which bike to ride. Sweetpea is a racehorse, but skittish in high winds, and the forecast called for gusts out of the south up to 35 mph. So the new Felt cruiser it was.
Rarely are rides completely uneventful. About halfway through this one, I began to notice the seat creeping lower and lower due to a problem with the quick release lever. When I stopped to adjust it and take a photo of the beautiful sunrise, I saw the pannier flap hanging wide open. Thankfully the contents were intact, because if the wind had caught my underwear it would have been in the Northwest Territories by now.
The western half of the commute is largely unprotected, and that’s where the wind really became obvious at a sustained 20 mph. But it didn’t matter, because it was a sweet warm morning on the first commute of the year. A stranger in a car waved through his open window. A pair of boys walking to school noticed the cruiser, and one said to the other, “That’s a nice bike.” And by the end of the day, the gusts had died and changed direction, becoming a tailwind. Yes, it was a very good day for the first commute.
Goals update: One commute and one errand.