Winter Bike to Work Day
Update: Check out the Chicago Sun-Times:
It's in the Lifestyles section under "Winter Sports." Sports? What? Sigh. Oh well. See you tomorrow morning, maybe.
Hey Chicago, I should tell you about Winter Bike to Work Day, which is coming up this Friday, January 18. The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation will be offering free hot chocolate, cheesecake, raffle prizes, and probably some huddled warmth from 7am to 9am at Daley Plaza.
In theory, it'll be tons of frozen fun! In practice, I've never gone myself (and this year doesn't look good for me, either), so I couldn't tell you. But I can tell you that riding your bike in less extreme winter weather is actually two or three pieces of cake. Just keep in mind that it'll take you a few tries to get the layers right because everyone's personal preference is different. I'd say the most important thing is to make sure your hands and feet are warm--not "sort of warm," or "tolerably cold," but really warm--because if those parts are already cold when you head out, then they will only get colder and you will be miserable.
Check out Chicago Bike Winter for winter riding tips. And remember that walking or taking the bus in a heavy snowstorm or ice storm is perfectly acceptable. You're always the best judge of your own limits; don't try to push them just to show off or prove a point. Trust me.