Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Joe's Urban Winter Commuter

Winter in Boston is rough on your equipment. Joe is rough on his equipment. Not a good combo if you happen to be his winter commuter.

It's hard to keep up with the maintenance required to keep things in showroom condition this time of year. I just couldn't resist the nastiness of his bike right now and had to drag it into the photo studio for some up close and personal moments.

This is quite possibly the dirtiest thing I have photographed (bike wise;) in the studio so far.

There is also some gnarly corrosion happening is some spots due to the insane amount of salt they have been dumping on the roads lately.

Right now, in these parts, everyone's commuter bike is looking like this, although you can't tell out on the street because it's dark at 4:30pm.

Joe's parting words as he left work today: "I really don't like riding my bike home this time of year." And then he got on his bike and rode off into the salty, slushy, freezing dark. (I know he really loves it though)

And now I must go.


Anonymous said...

Nice bike, Joe. I commend you for riding these days - it's mostly miserable out around the commuting hour. That said, I am definitely a fair weather commuter so it looks worse to me than it might to you.

Tim D. said...

This is why I ride a junker this time of year. If it corrodes, who cares?

Jon said...

Fine ride, but aside from the tail-spray fender, it looks like an incapable winter commuter with those wheels and tires. However, the proof is in the grime.

Georges Rouan said...

I have to avert my eyes- it is too hard to see an IF covered in salt and the elements....Talk about ridden hard and put back wet.

Mark Studnicki said...

That's awesome. Salty slushy roads are the worst. Salty fog living at the beach is a distant 2nd. Kudos for spending more time riding it than cleaning it. I hope there's Frame Saver in the tubes at least

Fart Slot Ray said...

You *really* need to see more bikes if that's the dirtiest so far.

I understand why if you're shooting bikes for promotion mostly.

Check out bike racks at downtown office buildings.