Query: How important is it to me to look like I belong on a bike?
Answer: Not very. My main goal right now is to stay warm so that I can keep riding.
It’s bracing out – 23˚ - as I head up to The Promenades. The Hudson is beautiful, though I’m grateful not to be on it.
Happily, I make it up to the tennis courts with no ill effects. In fact, I have it better than the tennis players - no volleying on these courts today.
Well, if I only have to dress for warmth, why would I need 4-5 layers of bike-related clothing...
But what about speed?
That's a valid objection to be sure. And I admire people who can maintain speed in this weather. But Winter riding for me is not about speed - I'm not taking Lola out in this weather. It's about being able to enjoy a bike ride regardless. The heavier the tire tread, the heavier the weight on the bike, the better (within reason of course). Additionally, the lower the center of gravity, the better. Which is making my Brompton Lucille my go-t0 bike for now. And I am overjoyed to have her.
I've made some other substitutions too.
On my first or second ride with L, I remember her saying to me, “Every ride is an improvement over the last.” And that too reminds me of music. Because inherent in every practice session is the assumption – the hope at least – that you will be improving; that the next time you play your instrument you will be closer to making music.
This is a great approach to cycling for sure. My Winter prep has taken a major turn for the better. With that out of the way, I can now concentrate on the ride.