I realized it at 7:10 this morning driving to work in the dark. I'm done commuting by bicycle.
My last commute by bicycle was nearly two weeks ago, and it was cold. And frankly, it's not getting any warmer. Besides, the darkness doesn't make it very safe to be out on a bike during rush hour.
There are a lot of hard-core bike commuters out their who would call me a poseur and give me grief about cycling in any weather condition. I am just not that tough. Or maybe I am that tough, I'm just not that dedicated.
I could bundle up in the morning with extra layers and make it to work just fine, but I just don't want to. Every layer that I put on, I'd have to take off. And store somewhere. It's just not worth all the work. Or all the laundry. Besides, it's a lot harder to get up in the morning when it's still dark out.
No, I'm comfortable being a fair-weather commuter, and I've saved about $80 this year commuting by bike. And yes, I subtracted my expenses. So I'll just be riding for fun until at least late March, probably until April. However, by then however my situation will have changed, so instead of a 16.7 mile round-trip commute, it will only be five miles. And relatively flat. Maybe there's a single-speed in my future? Probably not.