My prediction about not getting snow until mid January turned out to be wrong. Last week we got a few inches of snow, which stuck, and more flurries and the streets (little residential streets) were kind of a mess. So I didn’t ride those days, mostly because I was skeered. Some scooterists drive year-round, even in places like Minnesota, so don’t think it can’t be done. I went out today and still need to work on getting better gloves.
But ride your bicycle if you can, because they actually handle cold winter weather better than scooters, mostly because they travel slower so windchill doesn’t hurt as bad, and slipping is less likely to happen, or at least less likely to hurt. For $15 this Saturday you can learn from the experts how to ride your bike (bicycle) in winter weather. http://www.considerbiking.org/site/viewtopic.php?p=2524
Harley-Davidson realizes that women buy motorcycles and ride them and not always on the back! They have targeted women riders and potential buyers, which is nice to see. While I won’t ever get a motorcycle (don’t need the bigger engine) and I won’t ever get a Harley, I do like to support this video contest Harley is running. The fun of riding is basically the same, whether you are riding 70 on a country road on a Harley, or if you’re riding a Kymco 150 at 30 on High Street.
The poll closes Wed the 12th, so vote now if you are interested! The prize is a trip to Bike Week, held in Daytona Beach, Florida. 3 winners will be chosen, and if the polls closed today the winners would be The “Winning” Road, Teresa Weston, and my personal favorite “No Fear”.
Finally a decent calculator! Well, I didn’t make it, but check it out at http://www.justgottascoot.com/ . Scroll down about 2/3 down the page and click on the “scooter vs. car” calculator. Have at it!
Aretha Franklin is a truly fabulous singer, and of course her song R-E-S-P-E-C-T is famous.
Smartwool socks are good. My feet sweat ALOT (oooh TMI) and it’s rough when it’s hot or cold. So if you have the same problem as me – I highly recommend Smartwool socks. They are expensive as heck but they are worth it. They come in various styles, so you can get dressy ones too. So far with this cold I have not needed to get special socks for riding, but today looks like our first snowflakes so we’ll see. I am opposed to getting electrically-heated gear, but if I get too cold I’m sure I’ll change my mind.
Bonus for Smartwool (https://www.smartwool.com/) they have sustainable practices so while they are not a local Columbus company, you can feel better about your purchase.
Open Space meetings sound like a weird hippy concept, but it is growing on me. I have been to two such events, and they were good. More about Open Space meetings. If you are here in Columbus and have a “blog” you are welcome to attend next Monday night’s meeting. http://wosuconnect.ning.com/ Your blog does not at all have to be about scooters. The event is hosted by WOSU and COSI and (as I understand it) they want to see how they can help us or partner with us “bloggers” and more importantly Columbus as a community.
After the break there is more about what they are trying to do… from the announcement for the first meeting. Note this is not scooter-focused at all, or even transportation focused. It’s much more general than that.