b-icicle challenge, beijing, bike share, bike touring, bixi, cycling, duathlon, the distillery, winter riding
I’m always up for a challenge, especially when it’s on my bike. Bike touring? Yup. Duathlon racing? You betcha. Winter riding? Of course! That’s why I’m ringing my beautiful bell in support of the B-icicle challenge. Emily D’Ath and Monica Tan, two Americans living in Beijing, have challenged cyclists around the world to continue riding through winter. They’ve even set up a blog and a Facebook page so you can follow their winter-riding adventures and post your own stories, tips and photos to share with all-season cyclists worldwide.
I love riding too much to put my commuter in storage just because the temperature drops. Sure, there’s the odd time when it’s too icy to be safe, but that’s when Bixi comes to the rescue (I’m lucky to live near a docking station, and Bixi Toronto recently relocated some stations outside the original zone, which will make reaching Little Italy and The Distillery much easier by bike share). And true, there are times when I’ll use public transportation to travel to the suburbs to visit Mom. But for the most part, I’ll be leaving my apartment on bike this winter because riding is a part of me – it feels unnatural to not be clipped in. Even in the middle of a snowstorm!
Well said! When I really struggle with riding, I have to remind myself of how bad driving my car is (and expensive).
Struggle?! When the roads are really bad, I get off and walk my bike till I hit a clear stretch. It’s sooo much faster than walking, I can’t imagine getting around any other way, even in winter.
This year was my first real year of cycling rather bike riding, i.e the occasional pleasure ride, but so far I’ve been wimping out when it comes to cycling in winter. But it’s time to woman up and hop back on my bike. I accept the challenge.
Woohoo! Woman up, Alli! I’m gonna hold you to that challenge! :)
Good luck – It’ll be interesting to read on how this challenge goes, I’m sure of that!
Hey Alex! I’ve been riding through it, don’t you worry. The wind has been more of an issue than snow or ice or cold. Brrr.