Friday, October 9, 2009
Admittedly, they can't understand, but riding on a day like today is special, something to relish. Being out in the elements you feel especially alive as others huddle in the sealed comfort of their motor vehicles. The rain tapping its melodious, almost hypnotic tune on the canopy of the trees, the roaring of the stream nearly bursting over its banks, the red flash of the cardinal skirting through the brush. How peaceful, how serene! Chisholm Trail in Plano was particularly enjoyable.
Of course, having the right equipment makes all the difference - high viz rain jacket, warm layers underneath, water proof gloves, rain cap for helmet, yellow colored protective lens for eye protection and better vision on dark days, some form of waterproof protection for feet (I use a combo of galoshes and gators), and bright lights.Ok, so maybe I have become a bit touched about biking - but morning's like this one are something to look forward to!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
It's October and, yes, the heat is gone. So, start checking your winter gear and make friends with Mr. Wind...he'll be around for a while. When I rode into work this morning through the blustery wind, I couldn't get this song out of my head. Wonder why?
Summer soft ....
Wakes you up with a kiss to start the morning off
In the midst of herself playing Santa Claus
She brings gifts through her breeze
Morning rain ....
Gently plays her rhythmns on your window pane
Giving you no clue of when she plans to change
To bring rain or sunshine
And so you wait to see what she'll do
Is it sun or rain for you
But it breaks your heart in two
When you find it's October
And she's gone
And she's gone
Taking with her summer's play
- From Stevie Wonder's "Summer Soft"
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
2 - The Flying Scotsman
3 - Pee Wee's Big Adventure
4 - American Flyers
5 - Bicycle Thief
6 - 2 Seconds
7 - Beijing Bicycle
8 - Quick Silver
9 - Il Postino
10 - Take Out
If you have a favorite that's not on this list, please submit in comments section. Thanks!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
- Route: Is it safe, practical, timely, enjoyable?
- Equipment: Bike? Bad Weather Gear? Tools for Repairs? Lighting? Water Bottle? etc
- Clothing: Appropriate, functional apparel to use in all four season where you live?
- Helmet: This is NOT a question, this is a requirement! OK, you can decide on the color.
These questions just scrim the surface. Once you decide to commute to work by pedal power, you'll have to experiment and see what works for you.
Here's a link with a bunch of good pointers for getting started: