Frequent readers of this blog (hey you!) will know that I frequently commute to work by bicycle, do not like letting bad weather stop me, and love playing in the snow.
So you will likely not be surprised to read that when I woke up to see an inch of snow on the ground, and a temperature of 14F, on a weekday, that I immediately saw it as an opportunity to try something new: biking to work in the snow.
I've never biked in snow before so I didn't know what to expect, but one never knows unless one tries, so I figured "what they hey", and hit the bike shed. I grabbed my mountain bike, as the thicker, knobby tires would afford more grip. Despite technically being on pavement the entire way, I figured it would feel more like off-roading. So armed with an off-road ride, extra gloves, and a heightened sense of adventure, I headed out the door and down the road.
I brought along my camera to document the experience.
I took a video of my normal commute in decent weather last year(-ish) so if you want to see what its normally like, click here.
My first stop was along the bridge in the middle of the Greenway. It seemed like a scenic place to take a break and enjoy the crisp wintery air.
The plow was not laying down any salt or sand, so all it was really doing was clearing off the crunchy loose snow and making things more slick. I was probably better off staying in front of it the whole way, but after getting back to the bottom of the hill I stopped to let it pass.
I am really glad I did this. It is the most fun I've had in quite some time (and that's saying something). Since I live in the south, and this snow, all of one inch, has closed schools for two days, cancelled many church programs, social gatherings, and half the city, it was kinda cool to bike where many feared to drive.
I received some nice comments from co-workers when I finally got to the office, including "congrats on maintaining the honour of your native land", and "you win at winter". The best comment came from a response to the pictures I posted on the Bike Commuting community on Google Plus. It was originally in Polish, but it translates as: "A vicious biker with you does not forgive the winter".
I am not sure exactly what that means, but I am pretty sure thats the most bad-ass thing anyone has ever said about me.