Dear BikePortland.org, I NEED YOUR HELP! You clearly are the Mecca of Bicycling, at least here in the US. I continue to post numerous FUN and Great bicycling stories and photos, that originate from you all. SO NOW, I DESPERATELY NEED TO KNOW, HOW DO YOU ALL SURVIVE, DURING THE WINTER SEASON? HOW, HOW HOW? As you may know, South Florida has been enduring unusually LOW / COLD under 35 degree temps this past week. (As I some how compose this with 2 sets of gloves on, the temp has FINALLY Mercifully… hit 40 degrees) Also this weekend we got LOVELY COLD DREARY RAIN added to the plate! I have not been out on my bike, in over a week! ARRRRRGGGREWSDF&^%$#@(*&^%!!! I’m seriously considering finding a bicycle riding addiction center and checking in immediately! I continue to search for bicycling movies like Breaking away and spend every waking moment on YouTube watching bicycling videos over and over. My indoor trainer is now my only source of near like bicycling! In fact, as you see pictured here, I’m HUNKERED DOWN, with my industrial strength “0” degree sleeping bag in my room, with my water bladder now being used as a hot water bottle! I have so much clothing on, I look like a Michelin Tire Person clone! I’m seriously like a SERIOUSLY CAGED animal and ready to POUNCE on taking sick days off from work, at the first tick of above 55 degree weather temps! BUT YOU ALL, deal with this on a yearly basis! Again, HOW DO YOU COPE with no bicycling for weeks or months on end and then only to graciously erupt with all kind of WONDERFUL FUN BICYCLING EVENTS come Spring?
Signed: Your fellow bicycling family member in FREEZING Florida DESPERATELY needs your guidance!!! :-) :-) :-) EZ (FROZEN) Biker :-)
UPDATE! Got a GREAT response from Elly at bikeportland.org! “Hi Kenneth, Ha, pretty funny. It actually rarely goes below 40 here for more than a week or so. Everyone pretty much just keeps on riding -- black ice is the only thing that really deters people from biking, though as a rule we're about as unprepared for real cold and snowy weather here as you are. So all I can say is check out icebike.com, stock up on Goodwill sweaters, and get back out there! Cheers, and thanks for the compliments! Elly”