I’ve now been back in Tokyo a few days after spending about 3.5 weeks in frigid Toronto and soggy Seattle. It was a great trip catching up with old friends and spending some time with the family, but I sure am glad to be back and to see that my bike was still curled up in corner of the lab at school where I left her over the holidays.
I’m a bit sad to report that I did zero riding while I was away. It only dropped to a mere -19°C in Toronto, and it did rain for 3 days without stopping in Seattle, but there were still people out riding in both cities. Toronto and Seattle cyclists are hardcore, and way heartier than I.
Candy Cranks authors have also been posting some great pics of winter riding. I have real respect for all of you who brave the ice and snow on two wheels. I was inspired to do a little research on winter riding and came up with the antique ice bike posted above, as well as a neat website based out of Sapporo that is dedicated to riding, both for commuting and recreation, in snow. Check it out (Japanese only): http://icebike.gogo.tc/