Biking in the cold

So it’s possible to ride in the winter too. I rode 100+ km yesterday – the year’s first longer ride – in temperatures between -2 and 0. The day before I had shopped a softshell jacket, which is amazingly warm – I even had to take off my middle layer 20 km into the ride because I was too warm. I also bought a balaklava to protect my face from the cold wind. So now I look like this when I ride:

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Brandenburger Tor in the background – it still feels historical to casually pass through it!

I went to Potsdam on the west side of Havel, and then back over Wannsee, Zehlendorf, Lankwitz. I wanted to try out new roads, but most of those on the way back were quite bad. So it was nice to end up at Tempelhof where I changed from podcasts to music and rode five faster rounds until it got dark.

And here is the ride, as plotted on an Open Street Map. It wasn’t that easy to get it to work, and I might not be able to do it from my phone; basically you download the ride as a GPX file from Strava, upload it to your own Uploads folder, and then the OSM plugin can use it through a short code. Avoiding Google is a fun challenge!


I also experimented with geo-tagged photos. The three points on the map represent exactly where the three photos below were taken. In fact, I took them partly to be able to see afterwards exactly where I was at a certain point. The bakery for example; when you ride an expensive bike without a lock, and you’re alone, you’re on a constant lookout for places where you can buy a coffee and an apfeltasche (or water for that matter) without leaving your bike out of sight. I found the perfect such bakery, so taking a photo right there makes it easy to get the exact coordinates afterwards.

Here starts a wonderfully empty yet paved road that took me along the Havel through the little village Sacrow and back to the busy B2. I was afraid it would turn into cobblestones all of a sudden, but it never did. Will ride here again!

Here starts a wonderfully empty yet paved road that took me along the Havel through the little village Sacrow and back to the busy B2. I was afraid it would turn into cobblestones all of a sudden, but it never did. Will ride here again!

The bakery, see how perfectly situated it is: I could place my bike just outside the big window, step inside through the door (duh) and watch my bike constantly while drinking my coffee and eating the apfeltasche.

The bakery, see how perfectly situated it is: I could place my bike just outside the big window, step inside through the door (duh) and watch my bike constantly while drinking my coffee and eating the apfeltasche.

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Tempelhof by night. Or well, at 17.16. Still the gates had been closed when I left some 15 minutes later, so I had to use the oneway turnstile, which is big enough to fit my bike.

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