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A Joy: Fall Bicycle Riding

A poem, by Eddie Dulian:
Resplendent hues appease my vision,
Fall has fulfilled its yearly mission,
Sporadic breezes blow leaves around,
Forming multi-colored patterns upon the ground.

Sparrows utter subtle sounds,
As frantic squirrels make their rounds,
Brisk weather chases summer's bugs,
Emerald lawns become saffron rugs.

Children pile all the leaves they can muster,
Indian summer provides added luster,
Autumn is a season full of esteem,
It is a time of nature's brightest gleam.

Ahhh, isn't that nice? Fall really is one of the greatest seasons for cycling or running (not to mention all of the skiers getting fired up). There really is nothing better than getting out for a brisk ride on a beautiful Autumn morning.

On Monday, I had one of these ideal mornings. I woke up before the sun ride. Enjoyed some good coffee and a hot tasty breakfast, reading me for the day. It was brisk outside, so I pulled out the knickers, wool socks, and long sleeve wool jersey for a crisp ride into work. Once on the road, I realized it was very blustry, thankfully the wind was at my back. Leaves are turning colors, geese are migrating, and the wild turkeys are running all over in the park. What a great start to the day!

This time of year is one of the most pleasant times to get out and ride, but sadly many people have their bikes hung up in the rafters by now - they're missing out! This is the time of year when you have the trails/roads all to yourself. You can ride at a good clip and not be a sweaty mess. A nice base layer shirt and wool jersey feel some cozy!

A few tips will go a long way in helping you ride comfortably this time of year:

  • Dress in layers. Temps change rapidly this time of year, be ready for it!
  • Use breathable clothing, preferably wool. Wool sounds old school, but it really can't be touched for breathability, warmth, and anti-stink factor (not that I have to worry about that). Today's high tech Merino Wool fibers aren't your grandparent's scratchy old wool garmets.
  • Always have a headlight and taillight on your bike. Dwindling daylight means that darkness comes sooner than you may expect. Helmets and lights save lives!
  • Use caution when riding through fallen leaves. They can be like riding on ice, particularly in corners. Leaves can also cover up dangerous debris like rocks, sticks, etc.
  • Eat big to ride big. Go on, don't worry about over eating. Bike race season is over with and you owe it to yourself to enjoy a nice big meal. Kind of like the one below at local joint Colossal Cafe before a great Minnesota River Bottoms Ride...

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