Yes, it’s gotten below freezing. Nothing that a few layers doesn’t take care of.
No, car culture folks, it’s really not that amazing. You have just as many routines for dealing with the Stuff Of Cars; they’re just routine. Once mine became routine, it was the Car Stuff — will I need to figure out a place to park? Where will I stick stuff so I can get to it? — that was a bunbite.
Nice ride in, because 45 degrees w/ 15 mph headwinds is my favorite ride for endorphin generation. Had a “bike culture diversity” experience riding in as somebody peeled out of a driveway about 2 miles from Parkland on a Trek 7200… hopped sidewalks and parking lots, including crossing Country Fair and being on the sidewalk there for a spell, then crossing back over to the sidewalk to my right (which may have been because of strollers and loiterers on the left sidewalk), and then as we approached Bradley, he came out into the road on a mad sprint to make the light. On my Gazelle, having tried not to work up a sweat for my trip, I wasn’t even tempted (but I had to wonder if he wanted to beat me in)… and as I waited at the light a fellow on the sidewalk on Bradley on a Roadmaster crossed in front and did the all-sidewalks-and-paths option.
NEat thing is, of course, that on a pretty darned brisk day in November, there *were* three cyclists descending upon our hallowed institution. The Trek in question was parked on “my” bike rack and somebody looking lots like the rider was in the lab working on the computer when I came in.
The Gazelle is riding nicely but my back is twinging a little (but that could be that leetle bit of yoga I did this a.m.)… and I’m hoping to get the Xtra back — but the Transport is on sale at Champaign Cycle. 1200 or so and an awesome utility bike could be yours!