Update your RSS readers. CoMo Cycle Chic is now Cycle Like a Stringer, brought to you by my husband and me. I’ll continue with my daily updates on frivolity, and Cody will chime in with what’s going on in his tinkery. We’re excited to bring this to you, and I hope you’ll join us on our new blogging adventure.
Pardon my absence, but I’ve been sick all week. This picture is left over from last week, before I had this runny nose and disgusting dry cough.
More important, though, is that my pretty bike is functional again! Cody repacked the rear hub and reran the brakes so it now feels 20 pounds lighter. Hooray for pretty weather and pretty bikes!
In other news, my coworker who was the victim of some pretty extreme hatefulness while biking home a few weeks ago, is back on her bike. This week she told me she took your suggestions and switched from Worley to Ash for east-west rides and feels much safer because the motorists are so much more considerate and the road is wider. Thanks for helping her out, you guys.
I decided to bike without a helmet for the first time in years (because of my tall hairdo) and wouldn’t you know it a careless motorist nearly broadsided me. There I was, after work, biking west on Ash in the bike lane. It was dark, I had my head and tail lights on and some asshat tried to scoot across Ash from Aldeah to Anderson AT THE EXACT MOMENT I WAS IN THAT INTERSECTION. Then, while his or her bumper was almost kissing my leg, he/she HONKED AT ME. I had the right of way, and asshat was supposed to, you know, stop at his/her stop sign and wait for the street to clear before going.
Now that that’s off my chest I should say I don’t think this person was being malicious. He or she just probably didn’t see me — it WAS dark, after all. Luckily nothing bad happened, but it could have easily been a serious accident. I have two dudes at home that I can’t get enough of, and it’s for them that I wear a helmet. Not everyone likes helmets, and I can’t get all judgey about someone else’s decision, but it’s the right choice for me.
I was never one for shapewear until I had my baby. My mom sent me a post-baby care package that included a tummy controlling cami — like the one pictured above — and I was hooked. I picked up several items — including some leggings — while I was losing the baby weight and still keep them around because those last few pounds refuse to go anywhere.
Not only are they great for giving me an extra boost of confidence, but they also provide an excellent layer of insulation. Yesterday my husband left for work on his bike and returned home almost immediately with a frozen derailleur so I knew I had to seriously bundle up.
I didn’t want to add a bunch of thick layers or switch from my planned outfit so I just layered everything over some shapewear. It’s not too bulky, I feel comfortable wearing it around the office and when I inevitably get too warm I can shed the extra layers and stow them in my pocketbook without taking up too much room. The only thing I had to do was change my shoes when I got to work.
If you want to bike to work in the cold weather you don’t have to go out and get a bunch of specialized equipment. Just get creative with what’s already in your closet.
Clearly we have a little dictator on our hands. Yesterday he demanded a seat on C0dy’s bike before he left for work. He thought he was very cute, and he was right.
Right now, however, he is demanding that I pay attention to him instead of the blog so I’m going to cut this short.
Happy New Year, dear readers.
It was 37 degrees when I left for work this morning. Here’s what I wore:
Sheer button down
Old lady pants
At the last minute I dashed in and threw on a pair of my husband’s socks
As it turned out this was the perfect amount of layers, and probably the socks were overkill. I didn’t even need the leggings for the ride home.