Tag Archive: winter

Winter Biking Primer from Chicago

Streetfilms recently did some filming in Chicago and I love the resulting video about the joys and ease of winter riding that they put together:

I particularly agree with the comment about bike commuting helping to ease the “winter blahs” (at minute-mark 2:08).

Final note about riding in single digits vs. snow (minute 4:01). Last Friday at 7-degrees on the bone-dry roads I felt warmer than I did yesterday when it hovered close to 30 but stayed damp all day.

A Wintry Day at the Chicago Winter Bike Swap

Today may be a wintry weather day but it’s not keeping cyclists from coming out to the Chicago Winter Bike Swap at Harper College in Palatine, IL.
Chicago Winter Bike Swap

I’m experiencing the swap from the perspective of a vendor table representing the Ride of Silence.
ros booth

You can find me at today sporting my very cool t-shirt. If you do visit the swap today, please come say hi.
ROS Booth

Happy Winter Bike to Work Day (in Chicago at least)

Historically in Chicago January 20 marks the coldest day on record — when temps registered 27 degrees (F) below zero at O’Hare International Airport.

In honor of the dedicated cyclists who keep the pedals turning during these cooler temperatures, Chicago’s Active Transportation Alliance is hosting a celebration this morning for bike commuters. Today we don’t have the below zero temperatures (yet) but it’s still chilly out there.

Happy Winter Bike to Work Day from Chicago!

As posted on the Active Trans calendar:

Bike by the Federal Plaza in Chicago’s Loop on Jan. 20 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. for the annual celebration of cyclists who don’t let cooler temperatures stop them from pedaling to work.

The Active Trans warming tent will provide riders with Caribou coffee and tea plus our traditional Eli’s Cheesecake. This event commemorates coldest day in Chicago history—Jan. 20, 1985, when the official temperature at O’Hare International Airport was 27 degrees below zero. Federal Plaza is located at Adams Street and Dearborn Street in the Loop.

Get a Grip Cycles will be at the event showing off winter gear and offering free adjustments, West Town Bikes will be pumping out the tunes with its sound system trailer and Chicago Bike Winter will be offering free fleece headwear. Representatives from the Chainlink website also will be on hand to introduce cyclists to their resources.

For more winter riding events and tips, check out the resources organized by winter cyclists on the Bike Winter website.

TGIF snow ride home

The end of the first week of the new year is bringing snow to Chicago!

We’ve been enjoying a period of cold dry conditions since the thaw on New Years Eve – perfect winter cycling weather in my opinion – that I was tentative about heading out into the snow and traffic of rush hour on a Friday night. Fortunately I wasn’t alone in my commute and my fellow bike commuters this evening helped cheer the end of this week in the friendly ways only fellow bike commuters can.

Along my way I met Annie.

I road her wheel for a bit and then took the lead until our paths diverged. Riding with someone to see their line in the snow can help. A few riders blew past us but everyone has to ride within their own comfort level. A rider I met closer to home – Steven – agreed that there’s no need for us riders to take any unnecessary risks or rush anywhere tonight.

Luckily I only rode in enough snow to cover the ground but I still fear any drifts and what could be hidden by the white covering. Since the snowfall is so fresh, salt trucks are still making the rounds to all the major streets. The evening car commuters are helping to keep too much from accumulating so far.

snowy bike lane

Thank you to the fellow bike commuters I met tonight and to all bike commuters everywhere — you definitely bring joy to my ride.

Holiday Cheer

Each year no matter how much a I prep, I never quite feel ready for the holiday season. This year, though, with the temperatures plunging to wintry lows by Thanksgiving and snow already falling a few times, it actually feels like the holidays in Chicago.

Even my bike is dressed up in the holiday spirit.

My bike really has inspired me this year — some of my best gift-giving ideas come to me while I’m riding my bike to and from work. If only I could sync those thoughts and ideas with an automatic thought recorder so that when I get to my destination I haven’t already forgotten most of them. Today I managed to remember those last-minute ideas and jot them down before they fleeted away. (And if you’re still looking for some gift ideas, don’t forget to check out our Holiday Gift Guide.)

However you celebrate, may this season bring you good cheer both on and off your bike(s).

How is your bike a part of your holiday season?