I woke up this morning to find it was 4 degrees Fahrenheit with a windchill of -9. I was a bit surprised as the forecast said we’d have an overnight low of 13 degrees. Unphased, I got ready to ride to work. I wanted to do my part for Noah’s “First Tracks 2008” challenge, but I would have ridden today anyway.
It seems strange to me that it was four degrees outside and I was too warm. I have one of those 4-jackets-in-one things, where there are two pieces that zip together, or can be worn separately. I zipped the two parts together — in hindsight, one layer or the other probably would have been warm enough. I also wore a long-sleeved wool shirt and a wool sweater. So perhaps I could have cut out one of those layers instead, but the real problem was that those two jackets don’t breathe at all. My legs and feet were a little cold, but otherwise I was pretty comfortable. I could have used another layer on my head, but I’m not sure if my helmet would’ve fit. I had a hood, though, which I put over my helmet, and then I felt pretty good.
The roads were snowy, but not bad. Once again, the bike path had not been touched, so that was the trickiest part of my ride. But there was little ice, and traction was pretty good with my knobby tires.