Commute Part Two

by Matt Letch 7

Well no hub gear box appeared. I’m still trying to keep the faith. I don’t know about anyone else but I’ve had enough of the “freeze”.

There’s some base instinct that makes me want to eat cheese/fatty meat/fortified grape drinks. Then repeat. Hibernation in other words.

There’s some science to this apparently; people who work for the arctic survey teams or live in prolonged cold climes, notice their bodies start demanding more and more calories. Obviously if you were an Inuit hunting whales in -30 and living in an igloo that would makes sense. The cold demands a lot more calories from your body to keep you warm. However if you’re already a “comfortable” sized European driving a skidoo and living in a roasty toast Antartic base camp with Flat screen TV and and a tax free bar, it’s probably not so useful.

But there you are. Cold weather triggers something primordial in us. I love the look of our landscape encrusted in snow and ice. But I seem to love it more from the wrong side of the double-glazing… whilst trying to work out if you can inject melted cheese into a roasting pork belly…

Anyway… I need to ride! I can feel my body clogging up. The mist is descending over my eyes. My lower back is doing its creaky thing that seems to get worse without exercise. My “bad” (more bad than the “quite bad” other) knee is doing its dying bird impression – only I can hear this of course, the grating squaw of a shot seagull falling to the sea. All in my head.

So I made myself get up this morning and slipped into something more comfortable and wandered over the tops to work.

Winter induced colour-blindness.

Maybe the urge to eat all that food is to do with it not being obvious whether the sun is going up or coming down? This is 9.30 am..!


Even the mighty phallus that is Stoodley Pike has shrunk in the cold.
Proper fast weirdly grippy if you don't brake icetrack™

Not a bad commute, hey.

Liver and bacon (with stilton) anyone..?

Comments (7)

  1. Perfect commuting bike.

  2. “Not a bad commute” indeed. Specially if it’s 9:30am, and you’re still on the way in to work! Jealousy all round….

  3. Is that a niner? Been looking at the E.M.D, they look ace.

  4. HI Matt, Wayne (old Chumpsford rider) here.

    Your commutge looks amazing in the snow, You lucky fella. I think you should look at mine for some perspective. I ride along the finchley road in London for 8 grey, filthy dirty, salt covered miles full of knobby drivers who consider a bikes width far to much room. Yours looks like it is a peaceful, completative ride full of natures wonders. I say again, I’d rather have yours over mine evryday of the week.
    Merry chrimbo to all at ST towers

  5. the A21 at 6-30 is a dream – at least I have bus lanes for 8 of the 12 miles to the City.

  6. I do off-road around the A21 – some nice singletrack/bridleways. The recent snow was great until trodden down. Tip to self – ride on the ‘virgin’ snow and avoid the trodden down snow…..It is easier to ride

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