Baby, It's Cold Outside

Every time it gets really cold outside, I watch this video to stay inspired about winter riding. “After the Fall” is more than a film about winter cycling, as it takes a look at underground bike culture in a growing industrial city.

Filmed in Milwaukee during the winter of 2006-2007 by Marshall Pierce, a Wisconsin native, “After the Fall” was featured in the 2007 Bicycle Film Festival and screened in theaters around the world. When I flew with Marshall to NYC to see the big screen debut, I felt an odd sense of hometown pride, after hearing the crowd of tough NYC cyclists packed into a small theater in the East Village, gasp when the automated weather voice announced that it was two degrees.

It is a balmy five degrees as I write this, and I hope this little film inspires you to sit a little taller in the saddle as you pedal your way home after work tonight.  Enjoy!


4 thoughts on “Baby, It's Cold Outside

  1. Great film, all the way to “Sorry girlfriend, I got polo .” As one says about his biking job, “It’s a passion or love.” That applies to many bikers.

  2. dave keep inspiring others. I saw one other cyclist at 5:30 this morning. To me the cold ride in is fun and fulfilling. My buddies in MPLs chide me as or was 10 below. I’d like some of that too. But we got more snow. The new Berlin trail was plowed and made my rise to work faster. I was happy and not happy for that today
    Tomorrow should be better as temps approach zero.

    Do the lakes freeze here?


    Hell yeah, the lakes freeze…waiting for an ice fisherman or two on Monona before I drag out the studded Extremes for a buzz around the bay. Could do w/o the expected snow. Cold? Ok. Snow? Not so much.

  4. Shoot. Young Bucks? Why, I was riding in winter so long before any of these kids were born, even before there were freeways for the cars.

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