With the low temperatures and frost in the morning, commuting by bike has been a challenge. I usually don't ride when the temps are below 4°c but I took a chance on Friday. It was only 2°c and I encountered frosty windshields on the way to work but the roads were dry
I had a minor problem with my air compressor valve connector as when I went to check the air, both tires were down a few pounds. I have a portable unit which is fast and convenient but I had a hard time getting the connecter fitted and I was going backwards. The gauge registered 29 psi but it was letting more air out than I was trying to force in. Soon I had 17 psi and the pressure was dropping fast. I must have fiddled for 15 minutes and finally I got my tires up to the correct pressure; front 33 psi, rear 36 psi
With the low sun angle I had a hard time trying to see where I was going. The sun is nearly horizontal with my horizon and shining right into my eyes. I have learned to go into defensive mode. I go slower and find another car to follow. I worry more about those aggressive left turners which are difficult to see, so I figured a car in front would be a good barrier
In a couple more weeks the sun will rise earlier and will eliminate this problem. I have the same situation on Lougheed highway where the sun appears rise, right out of the road, and it is hard to see the other traffic. I worry about the oncoming traffic with the lack of lane barriers
I eventually arrive at work and park next to another co-worker's Honda Shadow
When I get to work everyone is wondering what happened to me ! I usually arrive at 7:30a like clockwork but this morning I was fiddling around trying to pump air in my tires which made me arrive at work later than normal. I am not late as I allow for this extra half hour buffer, just later than my usual time but it felt nice to be missed
today I was last to leave the office. Every one has already gone but I have to check everything, lock the doors, fill the printers with paper, check the lights and secure the building for the weekend. It actually feels nice to go home with the sun still shining, rather than in the dark.
I eventually find my way home. Great weather is forecast for this weekend
and I can't wait . . .