Monday, January 7, 2013

Function 1. Fashion 0.

In my quest to ride 2013 miles on my bike this year, I knew that I would have to sacrifice some comfort. Mainly because it’s freezing cold outside. And when you ride a bike, the temperature drops even further because the wind flenses the heat right off your skin.

But what I didn’t realize was that I would be dressing like a lost and found bin on my rides. In the summer, I look sleek and stylish compared to the clown outfit I assembled for my Friday night and Sunday morning rides.

An inventory:
Running shoes with bright green laces
Stripped blue socks
Long underwear, exposed on the right leg
Blue jeans, rolled up on the right leg (so as to not get caught in the chain)
Long underwear top
Light, thermal-lined running jacket
Thermal-lined ski jacket
Thermal gloves
Knit cap
Bicycle helmet

Notice fashion sense and pride aren’t on the list? That’s because those are heavy and expensive.

So if you see a rumpled pile of laundry rolling down the street, chances are good it’s me, so feel free to honk or wave “hello”.