• Does this freeze? - ibikenz
  • no - if my nose or face gets cold I have a fleece thingy that goes covers it.

beard-off week 6.5

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About half-way through my 12-mile (19km) commute this morning. The bank sign said -2F (-19C) as I rode past it. I seem to generate a lot of heat and have no problem staying warm, although I think I look like a muppet in this photo.

to sveden: torso-cotton t-shirt, and two thin polyester shells. bottom: cotton boxers, one pair of cycling tights, cutoff carhartts. thin wool socks, heavier wool socks, cycling shoes. one pair of discounted lobster gloves. thin wigwam brand hat. beard. nothing fancy or expensive, and most of what I have I got on a clearance rack.

My bag is mostly full of extra clothing, and I am ready to stop and bundle up if I feel cold or say get a flat. Don't get me wrong - if I stop moving I'll start to get cold. The trick is to keep moving...

It's much colder standing on the corner waiting for a bus than it is pumping your legs on a bicycle on your way to work - but I fear that few will ever realize this.

I find it more satisfying riding in on these cold mornings, especially so when I ride by dozens of unattended idling cars sitting on streets and driveways - their owners desperately trying to warm their commuter coffins by feeding their ever thirsty engines with petroleum.

Hurl - your beard is feeble, give up now.

  1. mplsminx 76 months ago | reply

    what a great beard you have!

  2. vinfille 76 months ago | reply

    I'm sorry, but anything frozen that close to a face does not look fun.

    /me shivers.

  3. lungstruck 76 months ago | reply

    Wow. That's dedication.

  4. dancypants 76 months ago | reply

    Beard-off? Looks like it's still there.
    It looks like it came from the Play-doh ice beard factory.

  5. tmshaffer 76 months ago | reply

    God Sometimes I do like Florida. This is one of them

  6. Visually Painted Characters 76 months ago | reply

    that is a beard of beards.

  7. snackey_p 76 months ago | reply

    I saw some of my coworkers with similar beards yesterday.

  8. linde078 76 months ago | reply

    "Hurl - your beard is feeble, give up now."... that is pretty competitive talk for an exhibition.

    By the way, you both should shave.


  9. El Duke Degreaser 76 months ago | reply


    Good thing that you're motivated to bike in this cold. I am not.

  10. simondbarnes 76 months ago | reply

    That's ace!

    (seen on Bike Hugger)

  11. eva101 76 months ago | reply

    You are my hero!

  12. ibikempls 76 months ago | reply

    It was a lot colder this morning, something like -13F drybulb on my way out of the house. If you're going to steal a car, this is the time of year to do it - they're all over the place just idling out in streets and driveways.

  13. Megan Mayer 76 months ago | reply

    ok, i had the play-doh fuzzy pumper barber shop as a kid, and your beard looks EXACTLY like that. exactly.

  14. dancypants 76 months ago | reply

    Pfft, copykitteh.

  15. ibikempls 76 months ago | reply

    that's my old nickname - Fuzzy Pumper.

  16. Cars-R-Coffins 76 months ago | reply

    Ninja, pleez...
    looks like you overdid it with the Elmer's Glue...

  17. originalpozer 72 months ago | reply

    fascinating...i've never been in this cold of weather before, but i guess you have an idea of what you'll look like 15+ from now with gray facial hair...

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