October 28, 2009

Riding ’round

By Elisa | 4 Comments »


I haven’t been talking much about my own riding.  Being out of town for a month will do that to you.  This week I am back (for a good while) and have been riding a bit.

The weather here is ridiculous…waking up to 40 degrees to warm to 75 by midday.  Rainy off and on…I have to keep a rainjacket in my bag nearly every trip.

I finally attached a rack to Freddy and am loving it.  Thanks P-clamps!  A friend (who also owns a Bakfiets and 2 Dutch bikes…more to come on he and his wife) gave me a laptop bag/briefcase for the rack and Heath ordered me some of these wonderful straps that I first saw on Dottie‘s bike in Chicago. Much better than bungee cords and look a bit classier as well.  The three straps make carrying things of various sizes much much easier. $5 well spent.

3 straps rock

3 straps are better than one bungee cord

One bad thing going on has been looking at my checkbook.  As this is my first fall and winter car free, I needed to get a few things…rack, straps, merino wool clothes stuff, boots for riding, tights, rain jacket, fender, warm baselayers, hat… and these things are not cheap.  However, the total of them has been less than one car note (well, maybe not if you include the clothes.  oops).  some of these things, ok most, were not essential but make being car free a lot more enjoyable.  A lot. This week I need a new headset as mine is in bad shape.

I rented a car to go to my sisters house and it was EXPENSIVE!  4 days was $230.  That is a lot when you are unemployed.  Hell, it is a lot for anyone.  This was my first car rental and I don’t think I will be doing as much as I had originally thought.  Hello Greyhound, Amtrack, Southwest.  I had to pay for the supplemental insurance as I cancelled my own car insurance.  All this to say, renting a car is an option but an expensive one.  If you keep it to weekends only it is a bit cheaper but not much.  Lesson learned. Has anyone else dealt with this?  we need a zipcar!!

My knee is acting like a bitch, so my riding this week has been sporadic.  Hopefully that changes soon.

What has your October looked like?

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  1. On October 28th, 2009 Dottie said:

    Sorry to hear about the nasty weather. Fall weather is so unpredictable. I know what you mean about spending money to make commutes more comfortable. Even though this is not my first winter riding, I had to buy new gloves and mittens, new tights and legwarmers. It all adds up, but helpful to remember how much more a car payment is.

    For a long trip, Zip Car would be pretty expensive, too. Maybe next time you could find someone who is interested in car pooling and splitting the expense?

  2. On October 28th, 2009 Elisa said:

    Dottie-yes, I am looking to see if anyone needs to get that way for the Holidays, as i am headed back down. If not, Greyhound is less than half the price and only 30 min longer. Scoped it out today.

  3. On October 29th, 2009 ha1ku said:

    As you may have heard, we’ve got unseasonably wet weather in Southeast. I’ve had a few rainy rides, and have been forced to re-think my wardrobe a bit. This is my first year bike commuting to work, and I’m starting to focus on dressing in layers. It’s funny because up until a couple of years ago, I was dressing primarily for style (heh, still need work in that area) but now I’m a bit more attuned to the significance of material, etc.

  4. On November 13th, 2009 Natalie said:

    Hey Elisa,

    Just saw this post and I thought I’d put in a good word for Sierra Trading Post. Just bought some merino wool base layer pieces for maybe 60% off? It might have been more. Anyway, check them out and then sign up for their deal flyers ’cause they’ll send you extra 15-30% off coupons. So far I’ve been pretty happy with them. They also have bike specific gear on there.

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