Violin + Bike + Cold
November 17, 2010 4:47 PM Subscribe
Anyone have experience with biking their violin to and fro in a cold northern US climate? Should I be worried about it? Are the easy things I can do to minimize the chances of a string breaking, the finish cracking, or the wood warping?
posted by kjell to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I bike 7 miles each way to work. Once a week I have a lesson, so I bring my fiddle. I carry it in a very basic, old case inside my backpack. The ride to work is about 25 minutes, then a 10 minute ride to the lesson that afternoon, then back in two legs. The instrument isn't outside for more than 30 minutes at any point.
Is the cold a problem? My instincts tell me the bigger worry is getting myself crushed by a truck. But I already look like an idiot biking around with a violin sticking out of my backpack (and for various other reasons), but I don't want to actually become one by doing harm to the thing when I should've known better.