One thing that I noticed very quickly after I began commuting by bicycle was the nature that surrounds me. Nature has always been there, yet it typically goes unnoticed. On my very first bike commute I saw two deer grazing at the edge of a field. On my third commute I saw a cute little bunny rabbit hopping about. On my fourth commute I saw a shooting star.
Bike Commute and Gear Update
I have commuted by bike five times now. On my fourth ride the temperature was 32F (0C). That’s likely the coldest commute I’ll have for the remainder of our winter. I slipped a knit hat between my head and my helmet, put on my ski gloves, zip-up sweatshirt, and windbreaker jacket. My feet and face got cold, so I’d probably add an extra pair of socks and maybe a scarf if we do end up getting any more cold days like this.
I bought a couple of things since my last bike commute post. I found a bike light on Amazon for $20. My bungee corded flashlight setup takes too long to get attached in the morning. Also, I think this bike light will be much brighter than my flashlights. I considered just leaving the flashlights attached to the bike, but the brighter of the two is a $40 flashlight, and I’d hate to see it get stolen. The bike light has a quick release, so it will be easy to attach in the morning and take in with me at the end of the commute. I may leave my cheap flashlight attached to the bike even after I get my new bike light. If it gets stolen, I’m only out a couple of dollars, and I like the added visibility of having a second light.
I also bought a pair of rain pants. Rain is inevitable as spring and summer approach. I wanted something cheap to start with. I’m trying not to spend too much until I’ve had a little more time to stick with it. I went to Goodwill and found a pair in XXL. Those would be way too big. I left a little disappointed as I was hoping to find something cheap. We headed over to Salvation Army, and I found that they had a better selection and better quality merchandise. There I found a pair of rain pants in size medium. Perfect! And they cost just under $4. Can’t beat that.
- Beach Cruiser Commuting – My First Bicycle Commute (rethinkingthedream.com)
- Beach Cruiser Commuting – My First Bicycle Commute part 2 (rethinkingthedream.com)
- Beach Cruiser Commuting – My Bike and Gear (rethinkingthedream.com)