Monday, March 03, 2008

Iowa Winter Cyclist

Temperature at departure = 28° F (-2° C)

Yet another incredulous article about someone who, *GASP*, rides their bike to work in the winter. This one comes via the Iowa City Gazzette Online.

Don't get me wrong, the article is nice enough and even has a video that does a good job of profiling a winter commuter ... I just get tired of all these articles being about people who haven't owned a car since -- forever.

The message I get from these articles is that you have to sell your car if you're serious about commuting by bike. I still drive; more than I like to admit. I would love to see a feature on someone who says they commute by bike because it is fun and that you don't need a lot of special equipment to ride a bike.

You see what happens when I don't get to make my mocha latte in the morning!!!

3 comments:

the old bag said...

Or, what about news from someone who drives ONLY to get to and from work...but bikes everywhere else: grocery store, library, movies, supper, breakfast, book store, hair cut....

Warren T said...

Even better. Excellent point.

dvicci said...

I, too, tire of these types of articles. Sure, it's impressive and all, but I don't buy into the idea that if I don't cycle everywhere, I'm somehow the lesser for it. I agree, that's the message these sorts of articles seem to spread. Do it always, or don't bother.

No thanks. I drove today. I didn't feel like not having fun in the cold wind. It's looking pretty cold the rest of the week. I may ride, or I may not. I've worked hard so I could have that choice.

I ride for me and mine, not some larger cause.