I’m getting too old to fall.

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Divy Bikes And Winter Season….
Posted by El Dorado on November 22, 2013 at 8:57pm

I am surprised the Divy program will run this winter.Does anyone else find it interesting what these Divy bikes will look like next Spring? I am already noticing some of the Divy bikes to be running low on air pressure. Where do they do maintenance on these bikes? I’m sure one of you bike shop owners would love to get a contract servicing the hundreds of Divy bikes. I’m a bit hesitant to use one as I think the bike construction looks quite poor.

Apparently there are those who are die-hard members of the Urban Cyclists “Whine and Jeez” Club Forum who have begun to experience the cold harsh light of reality. Here are some of their responses:

Reply by Juan 2-8 mi. 6 hours ago
One concern I have for Divvy riders this first winter season are those intrepid first time winter riders unfamiliar with riding on the ice. Anybody know if those tires can handle slick icy conditions?

Reply by JeffB (7+ miles) 6 hours ago
I rode Divvy this morning because of the fat tires. I did feel more stable than I did on my bike last night, but I didn’t like the bad seat tilt and general heavyness of the bike. I think I’m just going to skip the days with questionable conditions this year. I’m getting too old to fall.

Reply by h’ 1.0 5 hours ago
This is good advice. No shame in switching to walk/bus/train a few days out of the winter.

Reply by Alex Z 1 hour ago
I rode Divvy home last night and had no problems on Hubbard (which I saw Streetsblog re-tweet someone as describing as a “sheet of ice” around 6/7pm), though I took it extremely slowly.

This morning I almost slipped on my own two feet walking to the Divvy station so I took the bus. 🙂

Summary

Bike Winter

Bike Winter

For all of the inconveniences one may have with automobiles, they have one thing over two-wheel uprights and that is they are stable. Yes, you can be a cowboy driver and manage to flip one but if you have an SUV or an all-wheel drive sedan or even a front-wheel drive mini-van you seldom have to deal with that serious fright that comes when you realize you could go down while crossing a bridge or just walking to the Divvy station on black ice.

And as the current crop of Urban Cyclists age, there will be more of this kind of talk. Anyone who has managed to break a bone or worse shatter an elbow know that healing afterwards is a bummer. City riding really ought to be done on trikes or better yet quads in weather like this. I see a couple of female trike riders in the Loop riding southbound on Clinton Street on a regular basis. Neither is a “spring chicken” and that helps make all the difference in their thinking.

Females (as they age) are especially prone to brittle bone syndrome and that is no fun. Eventually there will be velomobile-styled HPVs which will allow folks to commute back and forth to work in weather like this with far less worry about falling. Just imagine what mayhem would result from a fall from a two-wheeled bike onto your noggin and having not only a concussion but suffering a blackout as a result. In weather like this hypothermia is a possibility.

Frankly the single biggest deterrent to riding in the city is not the kinds of lanes that are offered but rather the nuisances of falling, having to shower after a ride and dressing in a second set of clothes to avoid frostbite. A car driver or even a person taking the bus just does not have to worry about all of the minutiae that plague a cyclist.