After a bunch of winter riding last week on snowy and salty roads, my gears and chain were all gunked up with dirt and salt. I finally got around to cleaning them last night so that I could bike to work today without worrying too much about damaging them.
I also bought a new bike helmet a while ago, because my old one was showing it’s age (I bought it in 1998) but had been in good condition since I always treated it well and never had the occasion to need it (no falls on my head). The shell had begun to crack a little, so I figured it was time to get a new one.
Now, anyone who knows me (or has had occasion to hat shop with me) knows that I have an enormous head. Like, freakishly big, almost… okay… maybe not THAT big… but regular hats and helmets don’t fit my noggin.
I eventually found a nice looking helmet that just fit me… but this morning I found out that when I’m wearing my very-cold-weather headgear (balaclava and wool hat), this new helmet does not fit.
So, I biked to work helmetless for the first time. I take a lot of sidestreets in the winter, as it’s quieter and more peaceful, with less fighting with cars, and no slush and crap being sprayed by tires.
Not like helmets make a lot of difference anyways. Someone my age is over 20x more likely to suffer a head injury requiring hospitalization from being in a car during an accident than riding a bike.
Anyhow… I just went on a coffee run over to Tim Horton’s, and it’s BEAUTIFUL outside. While the WeatherNetwork is saying it’s -8C (-18C with windchill), it feels warmer… maybe just below O… the ride home tonight is going to be great.