Guest Blogger Jeff Maddox Says, ‘Ride Today!’

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April 16, 2013 | By: Jeff Maddox

sean-winterEditor’s Note:What appears below is a guest blog post from veteran biker Jeff Maddox, who regularly holds court over at the JMAdog blog.

#ridetoday Sounds easy, doesn’t it? As we go through this transition of seasons (cold/cool mornings to warmer afternoons), it can be a little difficult to be motivated or even mentally prepared to ride. Some of us will wait for more consistent weather while I on the other hand will go ahead and bundle up in the morning in order to have that nice ride home after work.

I know not everyone has a job that allows them to come in smelling like exhaust fumes with their hair all messed up. Khaki pants and dress shoes seem to be holding back the corporate masses when it comes to motorcycling, and I think it should be ”casual Friday” every day of the week. High-heels and skirts don’t work well either, and some material clothes are made from these days are not very effective in keeping us warm and dry. I can ride every day and I usually smell like exhaust fumes and the ”outside.” I really don’t have much hair to mess up, so for me it’s okay. But it can be a hassle for those who want to ride, but can’t because it just doesn’t work into the commute.

But for a lot of riders, it’s a frame of mind. We can find so many reasons not to ride when we should be looking for so many reasons to ride. Maybe you need to carry a laptop or a coffee cup. Maybe you car-pool and there isn’t enough room. Weather, (or the threat of weather) can keep you in your car, but you and I both know that every motorcycle you pass on your commute is like a punch in the face. I don’t like getting punched in the face, so I ride!

Walking into your work environment all “geared-up” can be awkward I know, and changing clothes can be a little difficult as well, but planning ahead and allowing extra time can do wonders for your frame of mind. We have enough stress going on in our lives nowadays. Just the thought of my motorcycle in the employee parking lot brings a smile to my face.

Ride today, or at least give it a real hard thought – you’ll be glad you did. Your car-pool friend might think otherwise!

Comments (31)

I was just reading your post and like all the advice. The coldest I have rode in is 44 degrees. I’ve only been riding for 8 months though. I’ll get out in the cold eventually. Jeff, can you please tell me who makes those bars. (I have a black denim seventy two) That is an awesome look!

Dave,
I’m not sure what brand of bars those are as that is not me in the picture! Get in touch with J&P Cycles Parts dept. and see if they can figure it out. Thanks for reading and be careful out there…Spring is just around the corner!

I’m a retired chemistry teacher, but the last 3 years I taught I rode my bike to school almost every day, once in 27 degree weather. My room had a chemical storeroom, so I carried my clothes & shoes & changed in that room. My high school students were amazed their old, crazy-lady teacher rode a hog to school! The ride helped me prepare for the day to come, & to unwind once that day was over. Now I take solo cross-country rides just to see new places.

Awesome Shelly! And hey, riding keeps you young!

Having the only motorcycle in the employee parking lot also brings a smile to my face. Where I live, riding to work is something I can do all year. Out of six hundred employees, I am the only one who rides a bike to work. I try to explain why this old grey beard rides, but they just can’t get it. They shake their heads and I just smile.

I know the feeling Tom!

I rode in this morning in my Dockers and the thermometer read 26 degrees. I figured it was easier to hop on the bike than it was to scrape the windows on the truck. 58 degrees should made the ride home a little more enjoyable.

stop hitting submit you dummy!

Awesome Dave! 58 is worth the ride

Rode in this morning wearing my Dockers and the thermometer read 26 degrees when I left the house. Getting on the bike took less time than scraping the windows on the truck. 58 degrees for the ride home will be a little more enjoyable.

Rode in this morning wearing my Dockers and the thermometer read 26 degrees when I left the house. Getting on the bike took less time that scraping the windows on the truck. 58 degrees for the ride home will be a little more enjoyable.

I use to work at a job that required a shirt and tie everyday. I didnt let it stop me from riding to work every day for the better part of 8 months here in VA. I would wear my jeans, strap on leathers if it was real cold, pack a bag w/ dress pants, shirt and tie and then just change when I got to to work in the bathroom stall. Sure beat driving a gas guzzling cage because of the stupid job!

I have been riding to work since the middle of April. Up here in Canada that means below zero for at least two weeks. not to mention the three snow storms, they got kind of nerve racking. But as we all know the afternoon ride home is finally paying off. The clothing thing just means I arrive earlier so as to remove the layers. But I do feel better everyday, bring on summer. Thanks

At work I too have to wear the suit and tie, but I love riding so much that in my office I have am extra set of clothes so I can change. Weather wise, I am lucky enough to live in beautiful Southern California so the only time I truly have to bundle up is Dec-Jan. Great article and keep on riding!

I teach where there is a dress code but riding is important enough to me to leave clothes options at work when my riding clothes don’t meet the requirement. My students all know that my boots are a part of me and so is my leather…and my colors. Work can’t dictate what my coat looks like!

Right On… I currently live in IOWA and the weather here is very unpredictable. Snow one day, and the next Sun shine. I try to make it through the winters at least riding once or twice, but usually uncomfortably and make it just around the block.
I also, as well work in a office setting where they require that “Material” dress apparel which like you said isn’t warm, but I’d just ride no matter the condition in that stuff because I as well walk in with a smirk on my face knowing no one else felt that free feeling on their commute to work. Live Free or Die- Chris

Ya know it awsome to have positivty in the air. Thats the way life should be just good old stories. Everyone keep rollin safe. Thanks for the stories

Thanks for reading! I do appreciate it!

IAGREE WITH J .MADDOX BACK EAST IRODE TO WORK 35 M EVERY DAY GOT INTO ACOUPLE ICE +SNOW STORMS.GOT COLD AND WET DIDN.T MATTER WHAT U WORE.LOT OF LUCK SOME DAYS BUT WAS TO SAY THE LEAST REFRESHING.I STILL MISS ONTARIO AND WHEN IGET BACK WOULD LIKE TO DO NORTHERN RUN.ON THE OTHER HAND I.M RETIRED TOO AND AM GETTING SOME PROBLEMSWITH HEALTH.WAS ALSO THINKING 3 WHEELING HAVE SOME ONE I KNOW DIST.URALS NOT TO BAD ?KNOW SOME WHO RIDE YEAR ROUND .MOST FUN ON 3 THEY SAY. QUALITY UP. DONT WANT TO DO IT BUTCIRCUMSTANCES MAY DICTATE.JUST A THOUGHT. ENJOY YOUR RIDE ALWAYS.BEST OF LUCK

I used to frequently ride to work but not anymore as I’m retired now. However, I would ride in the rain as I wore a good rainsuit(I never had to worry about snow as I live in California). But, I also have a sidecar rig and I know of guys who ride their rigs in the snow since that third wheel gives you extra stability and control and you would not believe how much fun that can be! So, give winter and rainy weather riding a try!

I work in an office atmosphere (dress pants/shirts) and also work in New England where it is cold! I ride every day possible come April (rode in December/January/Febrary/March too). It is cold in the morning (40) but the ride home is so worth it. If necessary, I bring a change of clothes and change once I get to work. Again – so worth it! Ride safe! Boston Strong!!

Hey Cuz, first of all I don’t meet many bikers with my last name , so it’s kinda cool to know there are more of us out there ! Second I own a trucking company in south Texas and get ” punched in the face ” a lot as I work ! However , it just makes it that much better when I get a chance to roll the thunder down the road ! Shiny side up Cuz !

Aloha one more maddox in hawaii who rides 01 roadking all the time to work rain or shine 100000 plus miles on an island Aloha from hawaii

Thanks Robert!

Thanks Trey! Be safe!

Great thoughts. Turning it into reality is the trick. I work at a university where corporate dress (no jeans) is policy for faculty. I even wear a suit on occasion when in the classroom. For spring and fall I’ve found that fannel lined khakis work wonders (Eddie Bauer) . They’re not hot once inside but do wonders in the cool mornings. Blazers and suit coats can be left at work so it’s a quick shift from leather (or nylon) to corporate dress code. Boots: I bought a really sharp pair of Harley black and brown stitched boots that can go with about anything. And by now, folks know when they see my boots I’m on the bike. Also, I have a snow mobile style onezy that I can slip over any dress and be toasty and dry no matter what.
Just my thoughts.

I used to commute to work everyday, whatever the weather as my bike was my only mode of transport. But it didn’t take much to leave home that few minutes earlier to arrive in time to get my bike gear off and and transform into accountant mode and get to work.

Great article, love it! #ridetoday

Nothing like the cool morning temps to wake the senses… cant get that in a car

I have a 35 mile commute one way in S.Florida and I ride my 03 Road King every day. Missed a couple due to Tropical Storm and Hurricane Threats. I leave earlier or some cases I wait out the really bad rain storms as they ebb and flow down here. I just keep my rain gear and an extra pair of socks. If one pair of my Danner boots get wet I let them dry for a day and use my second pair. Its all good.

Righ On!!! brother

I ride to work most of the spring, summer and fall months. My company even has a special gated parking area for bikes so there is no chance my bike is going to be hit by a car pulling into or out of the spot next to me. I used to fix my hair when I get into the office, take my boots off and put sneakers on.. But decided to get my hair cut so I don’t have helmet hair and i decided that my boots work for me so I do not change them.

Luckily my company is casual all the time so jeans and boots are acceptable..

My car pool buddy(occasionally) rides too, we got our licenses at the same time so that makes it fun…

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