You already know that Jill and I like bicycles? What is new: the bike nut community is growing. Here are a few observations from this month (being January, where high temperatures have been regularly less than freezing.
1. There are 2 boys (I believe in junior high) that ride their bikes to school every day. And I mean every day. I took the above photo from the comfort of my living room because it was about 10°F outside (also because I didn't want him to think I'm a creep). Both guys rode through the 1" of snow on the road the next day.
2. At 8:15am on said sorta snowy day, I was the 4th set of tracks on the gravel path I use for commuting.
3. We went to our matriculated-adopt-a-student's housewarming party along with a number of his friends. His new to him fixed gear bike was much admired by several friends. A young lady said she dreams of owning a Peugeot like this. As we were leaving (dark, cold night), another young lady was unlocking her bike and to ride to a dance party.
What's the dream bike for these co-eds? This is where my hope for mankind is slightly dampened. A young man said Cervelo. Are you paying attention, Mr. Colnago????
4. Moonlight rides continue through the winter. I skipped this version for the housewarming (and we probably rode about as far as the moonlighters did), but still 7 people rode in the dark with sub-freezing temperature.
Finally, during the sermon at church today, I counted the number of people chewing gum. Out of an estimated 150 people in my field of view, there were 9 gum chewers.