It was a gorgeous, if windy, day here in Portland, Maine, today. I took a midday break to ride the six miles or so out to my daughters' elementary school to have lunch with them, taking advantage of these few early years when they're not terrifically embarrassed by my mere existence. Their school is very parent-friendly, and I was able to accompany them to both lunch and recess. I had a blast.

But I digress. It was a fantastic day on the bike. I faced a pretty stiff headwind pedaling out to Falmouth but the Pedego Comfort Cruiser electric bike I've been testing out pushed right through it. That same wind felt great at my back on the way back home, I fairly flew over the road.

Electric bikes make it seem like you're always riding downhill, so even when it's windy out, it's not so bad. They take a bit of the edge off of the psychological mind-block that a sharp headwind can drop on you.

The rain pants I got at LL Bean continue to impress me; they're light, bomber in the wind, and when piled on top of regular pants they keep things nice and warm. I'm also really happy with the Patagonia wind shield pullover that I picked up for screaming cheap at a Presidents Day Sale, it's a hyper-efficient mid-layer that also functions as a killer top shell.

It's heartening that March is less than a week away, we'll all be riding in shorts again before we know it!

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