Happy New Year!



I don’t think it’s too early to wish everyone a very happy new year!  Yes, technically, we still have another day to go in 2010, but I hope you are all starting to give some thought to new years resolutions  I also hope that at least one of your resolutions has something to do with cycling.  Are you a recreational cyclist who is willing to try out commuting to work by bike?  Are you a fair weather commuter who would be willing to brave a few chilly or snowy days?  Did you commute just once a week last year by bike and are willing to try for two?

What’s your bike related resolution for 2011?


  • MattyCiii
    Dec 30, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    When I came back from Deepwater Horizon (oil spill) cleanup in October, I resolved to cycle commute year round to the greatest extent possible. So far, I've been true to this resolution. Sadly I don't cycle-commute every day – child care, elder care, and other weirdness… can't ride every day.

    I've taken it very seriously. Summer riding is easy. A pair of shorts, a bike helmet, I'm good.

    For the winter, I bought $250 in lights, > $1000 in cold weather clothing, and $150 in a full face motorcycle helmet (for both protection from the cold, and the safety).

    I ride the same route repeatedly, at generally the same time. I find that cars are slowly giving me more room and more respect. Hard earned gains, but hopefully it benefits all cyclists going that way.

    Happy New Year!

  • Detay61
    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I started by having a conversation with myself.

    "You like riding your bike?"


    "Then why would you drive to work when you could ride?"

    "Good point."

    Each time I ride to work it becomes more of a habit, When I add it all up the benefits far outweigh the injuries and I wouldn't do it any other way. Special winter gear? I found that I can't prevent getting a bit wet. I could buy a lot of expensive gear but that would only reduce the amount of water that gets through, not eliminate it. In the Winter I modify my normal commuter gear. I add a warm hat, a fleece layer, toasty gloves and lightly insulated Sugoi "leggings"(?). Throw in a scarf on bitterly cold days.

    The hardest part was getting out of my car.

    Happy New Year.