Keir Semmens moved to Texas from Australia about two-and-a-half years ago.
“The thing about the weather is, being from Australia, I sort of look out the window and if it’s sunny, it’s short sleeves and short shorts, and away we go,” he says.
Soon after he moved to Austin he started cycling with the Violet Crown weekly rides.
On a blue-sky, sunny day in March, he decided to go for a 6:30 a.m. pedal.
“I put on my shirt. I put on my knicks. Head down to the bike shop – it’s all of like four minutes from my house,” he says. “Then I was frozen. Because it turned out it was about 28 degrees outside and we had a two-hour ride to look forward to.”
Everyone else there was dressed warmly.
“They take one look at me and they say ‘You’re clearly new to Austin. This is never gonna work.'”