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December 27, 2011 / comocyclechic

Slick streets

Skinnies and low pony for the road, pencil skirt and high bun for the office.

Apparently it precipitated a little last night and then froze so the streets were a little slickery this morning. I leave for work later in the day so everything was melted and I had an uneventful ride to the office.

Unfortunately, my husband saw a little more action. He bit it hard on the way to the office.

“I was turning onto Ash from Sanford and about halfway through my turn the bike just slipped out from under me, and the bike and I hit the deck,” he said. As far as falls go this sounds to me like a pretty easy one. He didn’t hurt himself and didn’t wreck any of his clothes so that’s that.

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December 26, 2011 / comocyclechic

The return of the crazy cat lady

This outfit is from Friday when it got really cold. I think it was hovering around 28 degrees when I left work. I was prepared, however, with two pairs of socks, tights under my jeans, a windbreaker under my coat, my new infinity scarf gifted from our dear friend Kyle and an ear scarf.

It was too much.

Halfway through the ride I was burning up and almost stopped to remove my coat and outer scarf but decided not to because I was in a hurry. I won’t bundle up like this again until it gets considerably colder.

And about the crazy cat lady scarf — it stays hidden under my helmet and comes off as soon as I get to the office.

December 22, 2011 / comocyclechic

I’m back and I have a new coat

It hasn’t actually been so long since I last rode my bike, but I kept forgetting to charge my camera batteries last week so I got no pictures. Trust me, nothing I wore was remarkable.

So how ’bout this new coat? It’s certainly not as bright as that oh-so-popular red coat, but I think it’s more me. It’s just the right length — you wouldn’t believe how hard it is to find something of just the perfect length for someone as short as I am. The cut might be less trendy than that red coat, but I think this more classic shape will last through more seasons. I can either fold down the collar or wear it up to shield my neck and face. The sleeves might look a little long, but it’s actually good to have a longer sleeve when cycling so your whole arm stays covered when you’re reaching for the handlebars. It fits great, and there’s room for piling on the layers underneath when it gets really chilly.

I’ll make a couple of modifications to the coat. Probably I’ll replace the buttons with something more snazzy and I might put some reflective material on the underside of the back of the belt so I can reverse it for night rides. I’ll let you know how it goes.

December 13, 2011 / comocyclechic

The most badass rain gear

Riding in the rain is crappy. It wouldn’t be if I got to wear this, though. Think any inconsiderate motorist would mess with a Stormtrooper cyclist? I think not. The company who makes this also makes Batman, Iron Man and Tron costume replicas.

All I can say is, “Cool.”

December 12, 2011 / comocyclechic

Mean mugging

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You know that cold that’s been going around? Well, it made its way to our house. Cody and I both have it, but he toughed it out and rode his bike to work while I rode in the station wagon.

Here’s what he had to say about his ride: “I got hot on the way home and shed the wool fleece, but really my ride to and from work was quite inconsequential.”

He’s a man of few words, my husband.

December 9, 2011 / comocyclechic

Coat drama

I loved this coat. Really, I did, but I didn’t love it enough to sew the buttons back onto it every other time I wore it. So I took it back to the store on Monday and traded it for a black to-the-knee number with fringe at the bottom. After sleeping on it I decided I’m about four inches too short to wear something like that so I took it back to the store without wearing it.

Then I bought this darling little thing from Modcloth, which arrived today. Sadly it’s way too small and I’ll be sending it back tomorrow. I have another Modcloth coat in mind, but before I order it I’m going to look around some local consignment shops and department stores to see if I can find anything.

Wish me luck.

 

December 8, 2011 / comocyclechic

Long layered gloves

I think I temporarily solved my freezing hands problem with two pairs of long gloves. The first is a typical pair of knit gloves, and the second is a set of large leather gloves. Normally the black gloves are way too big for my hands, but with the extra layer they fit just right. Best of all, both pairs were gifted to me so I didn’t have to spend any money to try this out.

From my numerous complaints, you probably realize that my office building overcompensates for the outside temperatures. It gets really warm in there in winter. Normally I prefer being warm so if I’m complaining about it you know it’s really stupid hot. I’ve found that if I put on my under tights and other layers a little bit before I have to leave it’s a huge relief to go outside in the cold. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true.

It doesn’t feel good enough to bike without a coat. I wore the red pea coat over all this for my actual commute.