|The look on her face was priceless...||biknben|
Apr 10, 2002 5:13 AM
|Rode home from work yesterday in the rain. I went through a busy intersection and traffic was really backed up coming the other way. I notice a car with roof racks. Being a cyclist I tend to notice cars with racks and maybe look at them as I go buy or something. This car had the fearing covered with stickers and whatnot so I figured it was a relatively serious cyclist. As I get closer, I notice it's a woman. Now I'm certainly paying attention. As I approach, rain soaked and cold, I see her staring at me through her windshield. Then as I go past past she wipes the fog off her side window to watch me go by. As she sits there stuck in dead still traffic in the rain, her face had the look of a sad puppy at the pet store. I smiled and winked as I went by.
I spent the rest of the ride home imagining what she was thinking. "HELP!!!",..."AWE MAN, Wish I were you!",... Freaking nut! Riding during rush hour in the rain!"..."If he can ride in these conditions, I guess I have to at least ride the trainer tonight!"
Definately made the rest of the ride home go by much quicker.
|whereas I merely did 'commuter intervals' yesterday||lonefrontranger|
Apr 10, 2002 5:24 AM
|You are a harsh man to rub it in. I hate it when I have to take my car to work for whatever reason, like today since I have to go sign some papers at a new job I'm taking (must be presentable).
Commuter intervals = You know, those times when you're commuting and see a rider ahead and chase them down. I don't know who else does this, but I always try to be polite - I'll either ride with them and chat or (if they're too focused or disinterested) I'll go on.
Anyhow, yesterday I got a rare bonus in terms of commuter intervals. I chased the same guy down twice, once on the way to work, once on the way home. Turns out he lives in my neighborhood and works not far from where I'm currently working. Great guy, we talked about some fun rides he's got upcoming. He asked me some stuff about racing, seems he's been biking for about a year and is considering ramping up to racing next season. I told him to come watch the Excel crit on Saturday. I dig making connections like that.
|re: The look on her face was priceless...||vitusdude|
Apr 10, 2002 6:53 AM
|There are few things in life better then cycling by a line of cars stopped in traffic. It does not take much rain to bring traffic to a dead halt here in metropolitan Wash. DC. I commute over two bridges and often whizz by stopped traffic. Riding in the rain with a smile on my face, nobody wants to mess with me cause they are all thinking -- 'that guy is riding a bike in the rain and smiling -- he is obviously seriously and dangerously crazy. I'm staying away from him.' The rain really clears out the bike trails too. If only my brakes would work....|
|"I couldn't fix your brakes, so I made your horn louder..."||Gregory Taylor|
Apr 10, 2002 7:09 AM
|re: The look on her face was priceless...||dzrider|
Apr 10, 2002 12:52 PM
|One morning riding to work I passed a friend in her car who was waiting for the light to change. She was pretty surprised to see me on a bike and waved. She waved again when she passed me. I caught her again at the next light and she looked even more surprised. This went on for close to 2 miles before I turned off. Each time I caught her she looked more amused and more surprised.|
|I hate NOT commuting now...||TypeOne|
Apr 10, 2002 2:18 PM
|I have been both characters in that story -- except I don't drive, I ride the bus from time to time. It kills me to watch cyclists passing my bus downtown in weather that I thought was too nasty to ride through. I also notice cars with roof racks, but it's usually a skier. I hope that when other cyclists in their cars or buses see me slogging through puddles they feel the same way I do--man, I wish I was out there.|| |