Posts Tagged ‘winter’

winter on two wheels



runny nose commuting and office culture


One of the challenges of winter biking is arriving at destinations such as work or social events in a way that is presentable and comfortable. Layering clothes is important, of course. But there are other considerations as well.

This winter, I had contract work traveling around the city between classes on my bike. I was a teacher, so I would arrive in class in a formal wool coat, galoshes and dress pants – dress shoes tucked inside.

But one thing I hadn’t thought of was my nose. See, in the winter, you are outside biking and breathing in -10 degree air before arriving in a warm office building. This causes your nose to run each time you enter a warm place from your bike. So working on hourly contracts, I kept arriving to class with a runny nose and sneezing – perfectly normal after cycling in sub-zero weather, but a bit uncomfortable on a daily/hourly basis.

Still, this isn’t exactly life threatening. If you read the wiki article, the suggested remedy is to blow your nose or use saline solutions for a few days. It usually goes away on its own.

Though the sting felt from the confused stares of drivers remains long after.

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