In The Wet And … On. The. Edge.
So naturally I rode to work.
There was hardly any wind, and so the ride in was a quick, grinning like an idiot, fixed-wheel blast. And then the predicted rain didn’t arrive! Wooo - the sun really does shine on the righteous.
In fact, it held off all afternoon. Hey - it hardly ever rains here, does it?
So. Home time.
As I set off, it felt as if it really wanted to rain. In anticipation of this, I’d packed my waterproofs at the top of my saddle bag, ready for easy access. Smart, huh?
Only a couple of hundred yards down the road it started to rain. But not enough to bother with waterproofs . . . and over the rest of the ride, it gradually rained harder and harder and harder. By the time I was just a couple of miles from the office it was definitely raining hard enough to put the waterproofs on. Except by that point I was so wet that all I’d have done is seal the moisture in with me. Better to go without then.
The ride was still fast though, and I got a reminder of the difference wet weather makes on the last bend of the journey. There’s a right hand bend at the end of our street , and I make a right hand turn about a hundred yards past this. As I go through the bend, I look over my right shoulder and check that it’s clear to start my manoeuvre for that turning. Doing it on the bend means I get a clearer view for much less neck twisting.
Except when it’s wet, this also subtly changes the balance of the bike . . . and the rear wheel gave one of those heart-stopping sideways twitching warnings. But the bike DID stay up, and I got home in one piece - grinning like an fool and making a mental note to slow down a little more in the rain.
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 09/22/2010
- Time: 17:27:19
- Total Time: 1:31:00.00
- Calories: 1329
- Distance: 29 miles
- Average Speed: 19.12 mph
- Max Speed: 30 mph