Winter Biking

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Forgive me while I wax nastolgic. I don’t usually get this way at the end of the year, but @patiomensch got me talking about winter biking and it dawned on me; I’m 37 and I’ve been winter biking since I was 19. That’s almost 20 years of year around peddle power.
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Back in the day, in downtown Minneapolis, there were only two winter bikers. At least as far as I could tell. There may have been more, but for the hardcore out-in-any-weather at all times of the day there was just me and a bike courier with a giant beard that I figured must have been in his 30’s.

Now it’s me in my late 30’s and though I’m baby faced and clean shaven I love putting on my gear and biking in the cold Minnesotan winter. These days there are many more people that use bikes year around and seeing them out and about is a gentle reminder that not all progress is bad.

The way things are in the world these days, I think that’s an important reminder.

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Here’s a video I shot that originall had this song, but youtube decided to disable my audio, so I spiced it up.

Enjoy.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8xtdCvCdK8[/youtube]

Any winter bikers in the house?

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4 Comments so far

  1. Scott Redd (unregistered) on December 31st, 2009 @ 9:54 am

    Nice ride in beautiful scenery. It’s great that your paths are plowed. Things aren’t so good in Omaha.

    Check out this video of my street riding hours after Omaha’s first blizzard.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDomcZY9OCU


  2. SeanH (unregistered) on December 31st, 2009 @ 11:08 am

    Who is the a**wipe in the Yankees hat?


  3. David (jacc) on December 31st, 2009 @ 11:25 am

    @Scott – The CIty of Saint Paul is actually much better at getting their park trails plowed than the streets. It’s a different department that does the work, the park dept, and they are almost alwas on the ball. Good thing, because a lot of people use the trails in the winter. I’ll check out your video.

    @Sean – You would be the first one to catch that Sean, I’m actually suprised it took this long.


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