#30daysofbiking : In regular clothes!

April is #30daysofbiking. Get in on the spring fun! This month I’m going to show you all a typical month of bike commuting attire for me…. Which maybe isn’t very exciting since I just wear my regular clothes.

So there you have it: #30daysofbiking in regular clothes!

Welcome to spring. Here in the Emerald City its been more of an April showers situation. Not to fear, I’ve been packing my poncho to keep dry when caught in surprise showers. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t constantly rain in Seattle. Spring is especially confusing because we can begin the morning with sun only to find it pouring at lunch and then sunny again for your commute home.

Even on the rainiest of days, I still want to wear my regular clothes and a poncho is the perfect cover that allows me to stay dry and not get too warm. For the lower extremities, waterproof boots keep the feet dry and tights dry out quickly if any water happens to splash up.

And if it gets really bad, there’s always the option of throwing your bike on the bus!

Morning Commute: The Last of it’s Kind

…for this year anyway. At least, that’s what the news is saying. Tomorrow we say “hello” to La Nina and “goodbye” to pretty fall mornings like this. 

I’m still adjusting to the supreme darkness that is life after daylight savings. I’m changing my route home to avoid some of the more tricky spots because I noticed cars cruising by me way faster than normal on Monday evening. I’m also considering purchasing more powerful lights. 

I’m enjoying the crisp fall air and am finding myself a lot warmer than I expected — even on the days when temps have been in the 30’s. Here’s to hoping that La Nina doesn’t dump too much rain on us this winter.

Group Ride: GasWorks to Ballard Locks

A few Sunday’s back J and I got together with my brother, his girlfriend, and a new friend who just moved to Seattle from Kentucky. It started out as a nice sunny fall day.

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My favorite part about meeting Dino was finding out that she also rides a Lotus! I’ve never seen another Lotus in person, so that was quite exciting. I think she said that she bought her’s on eBay and that it came from Portland. I also hardly see any road bikes in my baby 49cm size. Here’s a pic of my Stella and Dino’s Lotus locked up together: 

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We were hungry, so we took a short ride down the Burke-Gilman to Brouwer’s in Fremont. We enjoyed the beers and the lack-luster service on the patio for probably 2 hours. From there we rode to the Ballard Locks. For almost ten years now I’ve been wanting to see the salmon running through the locks, so I was hopeful that today was going to be my lucky day.

Unfortunately, we were caught in a downpour! By the time we got to the locks we were soaked. But, hey, this is Seattle. We took for shelter in the fish ladder viewing room and got to see four salmon! Not really the excitement I was hoping for, but still sweet. By this time, we realized that the rain wasn’t going to let up so we decided to make a mad dash to the closest bar.

On the way out we got to see two little harbor seals! It was raining too hard to think about my camera, so I don’t have any pics of the wildlife. I do, however, have a photo of our wet bikes locked up outside The Sloop Tavern

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There we enjoyed BIG glasses of Rainier, some fried food, and some laughs as we waited out the rain. (Those mugs look like pitchers, but they were individual glasses!)

Darkness began to fall, and with it the rain subsided. Our ride back to GasWorks was all along the Burke-Gilman and pretty deserted because of the downpour, so we decided to enjoy some of the Hale’s Ales Super Goose IPA that I had filled my growler with earlier. 

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Even with the rain, we all had a great time. Most of my riding is done alone, to and from work, so I was escatic to be part of this bike gang!

Riding in the Rain

I’m doing it! 

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So Monday I set out to bike to work in the rain. I’ve done it every day this week. Some things I’ve learned:

  • While my bright purple rain jacket is great for visibility, the temps here are still over 50 degrees and the jacket just isn’t breathable enough. Any incline and I’m covered in muggy sweat. Maybe I need a rain cape.
  • Tights > jeans for riding in the rain. I knew that I actually preferred tights over jeans on the coldest of days anyway, and now I just have one more reason live in skirts.
  • It rarely rains hard enough in Seattle that you really need rain gear. A waterproof-ish coat, tights, and a good pair of tall boots are fine. 
  • Rainy day cyclists are super nice! Today, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, another cyclist and I exchanged more than just a head nod at the light. He pulled up. I said “Hello”. He said, “Yeah! We’re doing this together!”. We talked for the duration of the light and off we went. 
  • People think I’m pretty hardcore. 

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