Cafes here are still open and I suspect need cyclists more than ever. You just can't go in. Tomorrow is espresso from the waffle stand day!I do miss the café stops though.
1. Rain always looks worse looking out at it from indoors.It would be easier for many if it wasnt effing raining every day. It's relentless. I dont mind cold dry days, but when its pissing down I only cycle to work, not for recreation.
I really can't recommend this advice enough. We're a target driven society, always looking for number improvements. Im not saying this is you, but having a trainer suggests you could be. Why not just take it easy instead? Could be worth a try.There are different kinds of cycling.....
Instead of a hard and fast ride, cycle somewhere you want to visit. Take it easy, smell the roses. Take photos. Come up with a theme - bridges, churches, etc. See the things you usually miss if you're flying by. Watch the winter go slowly by and look for signs of spring!
Try a "virtual tour" Imagine some place you've always wanted to cycle to. Go for a ride every day and then look to see how close you are to your destination. If it's somewhere foreign, treat yourself to some local cuisine!
If you're just not comfortable on the bike consider your clothing, or roads that you're travelling.
Good lights and a predawn ride on quiet roads can be a great way to start the day, something I would have dreaded before I started to commute regularly.
I read this simple if maybe counterintuitive truth in a motorcycle book in my youth when I commuted by Vespa.Really! I reckon I probably only get rained on maybe 1 in 10 commutes and only get really drenched maybe 1 in 10 of those times. Fear of the rain is much worse than the reality.
EDIT: And I live in Manchester, the home of rain.....
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