I’m officially freaking out about how to ride my bike in this weather. Admittedly, by “this weather” I mean cool crisp mornings in the 40s. I know. I’m a wimp. I won’t even make excuses.
I didn’t ride my bike at all last week. That was actually because I only went in to the office 3 days, two of them I had my laptop, and one I had to drive because I dropped my sister off at the airport. But I felt a tiny smidge of relief that I had reasons not to bike because I hate to be cold.
My new bike isn’t ready for commuting yet and my old one doesn’t have a rack so I have been riding all summer with a backpack that has one torn shoulder strap.
Between my pondering about lifestyle choices and a horrible commute thanks to Metro I found myself determined to take the steps I need to keep commuting by bike.
I decided at a minimum I need to buy a jacket, gloves, and panniers. I don’t have to figure out snow or ice just yet. I just need to have the proper clothing to be comfortable in 40 degrees and move on from there. I told myself by Sunday evening I needed to have purchased those three items, no excuses.
But here’s the thing… I have no idea what I’m doing. I do, but I’m torn between wanting to get exactly what I really want and picking out the perfect thing and not wanting to spend a ton of money on any one item. Because it’s too warm for heavy winter gear, but if I actually am awesome and keep riding then I’ll also need some true winter gear as well. I don’t want to blow our budget now on fall/spring gear.
I decided just to get basic all-purpose panniers for my bike. But I couldn’t pull the trigger because they are not exactly what I want. I decided to move on to buying a jacket. Then I realized I have no clue, absolutely no clue what to buy. I knew that I needed something that would be appropriate for around 30-50 degrees and that allowed movement.
I did a little research and thought I had found a few possible options. But then I came across something about hard-shell versus soft-shell and I realized I don’t even know what that means!!!
I’m sure I’m completely over-thinking this, but I feel dumb for spending money on something when I’m clearly way out of my element here. And I feel dumb for being so out of my element buying clothing appropriate for an activity that I used to spend hours doing.
I would be more comfortable going out and haggling to purchase a car right now than buying clothes for biking. I know enough about cars, I know enough to know what I don’t know, and I know where to go for answers for the things I don’t know. That would be less stressful than trying to set myself up for continuing to bike through this winter.
I feel like an idiot. I didn’t even begin to look at gloves. I’m positive I’m over thinking all of this, but I’m also worried about the things I don’t know that I don’t know.