Being on a bicycle is something that's very special to me.
I was raised as a mountain biker by my father who began racing when I was very young. As I grew up, him and I were always out building trails in local, sanctioned parks, occasionally racing, or just having fun on a ride.
When I began driving, I unfortunately forgot how much I loved being on a bicycle. Engine swaps, car meets, and drag racing took precedence over most of my other hobbies.
However, when I jumped back on a bicycle in Fall of 2013, that all changed. Commuting on two wheels just makes sense for me. It's practical, it's relaxing, it puts me in a better mindset, and it's of course free. I don't get bothered by traffic, I don't get distracted by modern technologies, and I don't get stressed out thinking about the other burdens of everyday life. I LOVE being on my bicycle. It simply makes me happy.
One of the main principles that I always try to enforce, both with myself and with those close to me, is that if something makes you happy in life, DO IT. Do it always, and don't make excuses.
My dad said something to me the other day along the lines of, "I wish the weathermen would stop giving Winter such a bad reputation. They need to quit telling people to stay inside all Winter long, and start suggesting that people bundle up and get outdoors to enjoy it. It's not impossible."
...and I couldn't agree more.
This is what riding 12.5 miles in -1°F weather looks like when the windchills range from -15°F to -25°F:
(My entirely-stock-component Matte Black 4 from State Bicycle, utilizing an Origin8 rack, aftermarket lights, fender, and saddle.)
"If you love being on your bike, then go be on your bike." - J. Unoriginal - Ride on. Xx