Gina In The Rain
Well, the bike shop managed to fix Gina’s loose nipple (ooo-er) pretty quickly, and as I’m going to be racing three times in the next six weeks, I decided to fit my cheep & tacky aerobars last night. I’m being good with my money at the moment (actually it’s the bank’s money, but you know what I mean) and won’t be upgrading to anything snazzier until next spring. Snazzier means having bar end shifters and stuff like that - expenditure has a habit of snowballing.
Anyway . . . today’s plan was to try ‘em out over a 20-25k distance this morning to check the setup, and then take a shorter route home in the afternoon. This distance is the same as the sprint distance races I’ve got coming my way, so it seemed to make sense. I’d also planned things perfectly with the weather - the forecast was for gentle breezes, a fine start for the day, rain starting at around 11, but clearing by 3:30 - 4-ish.
Things don’t seem to work out like they should anymore with the weather here - distinctly blowy, but dry this morning until I was about a mile out from the client’s office at 8, when the drizzle started . . . which then turned into steady rain for the rest of the day. It actually only stopped while I was changing for the ride home at 5, but the roads were still really wet.
Last time I took Gina out on a wet road was the Stratford Tri in May . . . when I found the limits of the bike’s road holding on tight wet turns in spectacular fashion. So I was somewhat nervous today, and to be honest, didn’t take the bike anywhere near the limits.
What I did find out was that climbing on wet roads in big gears (or is that small? What I mean is the small chainring, but still pushing the smaller sprockets on the back), where you’ve got to really pull on the up-stroke, it’s quite easy to lift the weight off the back wheel and get a momentary wheel spin. And if you do this just as you roll over an old, polished smooth man-hole cover, that wheel spin’s more sudden and persistent, making a good attempt to throw you over the front of the bike.
But I got home without incident though, and made sure that I dried and re-lubed the drivetrain. Heck - I’ll be folding my clothes up before bed next!
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 07/26/2007
- Total Time: 1:30:00.00
- Distance: 25 miles
- Average Speed: 16.67 mph
- Max Speed: 33 mph
- Average Cadence: 95
- Max Cadence: 125