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By JMorse (registered) | Posted January 18, 2011 at 08:47:13

Having now read the article, I must agree that while the "connected" experience of bicycle commuting in the cold is quite rewarding, for many including myself this experience is just one of many factors in making the decision.

For me, economics plays a key role. It's way cheaper to ride a bike than to drive or use transit. There's also the great exercise that becomes part your daily routine, the freedom to bypass traffic, and the flexibility of not having to adhere to transit schedules. I don't believe most who bike commute in the cold do it just to feel better about themselves, they do it because they're aware they can, and it supports other more utilitarian goals. All the feelings of connectedness are a welcome byproduct.

Sadly my previous routine of a 20km each way bike commute is no longer. I am now forced to use a car to fulfill my commitments to work. My goal however is to realign my daily life to include a necessary and beneficial bike ride.

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