New Year with New Gear! – Riding with Primal in rain or snow
2014!! Where did the time go? Last year at this time I was busy hibernating…. not riding my bike and just being kind of lazy.
Well it’s a new year. Everyday is a new day and I’m thankful I had the year I did but I’m ready to start this new year on the right pedal!
In September after a few weeks of hearing that my friends Weaver and Bennett were commuting I started commuting with them and I haven’t really looked back – fell in love with commuting. Yeah there were days when I thought, “It’s raining, I don’t want to get wet!! ” Or “It’s a nice morning, but it’s supposed to rain, who wants to ride home in the rain??” NOT me. Well for some reason, things change. I changed. Not sure what it was or when it happened, but somewhere along the way I started to like riding in the rain. You just get used to it.
2013 we were lucky enough to get a kit sponsor for Team PHenomenal Hope from Primal Wear. They have really made my cold weather commuting so much more bearable. I never thought that I would get to work and be sweating, let alone not cold. Our kits are extremely soft and just really well made. This year we also got a Paradigm jacket and vest. I don’t know if I can ever commute without that jacket again!! I only wear a short sleeve t-shirt underneath it and feel as though I could ride all day long. I wear the vest just for extra wind block but also because it has the 3 pockets so I can store extra stuff on my commute.
Anyway, Greta and I decided to do some mountain biking on January 2nd. We were expected to get a bunch of snow, but we were willing to just get out there and get a little ride in. Never did I think I wouldn’t be warm enough. Of course starting on a climb made sure I would warm up fast.