It occurred to me today as I was leaving work that there is something about riding a bike in Winter that I find difficult…wearing gloves.Â Well to be more precise, it is not the wearing but the effort required in stopping them going A.W.O.L.Â I pride myself on being fairly exact in looking after my stuff (relative to the people around me) but gloves seem to be different.
Up until about 12 months ago, I used to always wear sports cycling gloves.Â I finally ditched those when it dawned on me that I didn’t actually need them.Â The only time I have fallen off my bike since becoming a regular commuter 10 years ago, was on a gravel driveway doing zero kph.Â So I recommend ditching the gloves when it warms up a bit.Â Although I find there are mid-winter days when it is warm enough to go without them anyway.Â Try it!Â It feels very liberating.
Extra for Experts…
- In a previous posting, I commented on the need to work collaboratively in order to help improve the ‘cyclists lot’.Â An article in the Herald today highlights a topic that I am always pondering and although does not mention anything about cycling, I think it is relevant nonetheless.Â How often do you hear the cry ‘but public transport doesn’t pay its way’?Â The article by a transport engineer dispels this myth quite clearly and rationally.Â It always seems to be the assumption that roading projects are not subsidised.Â Any way, read the article here for a better understanding and then try telling me that it doesn’t make you feel a little bit hot under the collar.Â Just substitute word bicycle for the word train and you will get my point.
- Our intrepid committee member Mark is currently tripping around the world.Â He has posted some cycling observations while on his travels in Beijing ( a city of 9 milllion bicycles) and Barcelona (with a successful public bike hire programme).Â Have a look here.
- Rodney Council is intending to compile a map of Stanmore Bay’s favourite cycleways and walkways.Â The council is looking for public input.Â Look here to find out more.
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