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An overcast, cool, drizzly Friday morning in NYC(6 posts)

An overcast, cool, drizzly Friday morning in NYCvelocity
Oct 4, 2002 7:05 AM
Overslept. Damn! Wonder why our kitten isn't running amok as usual... find him caught by his neck in the fringes of one of our kitchen mats! Cut him free with scissors. Happy and surprised that he is fine and purring and didn't strangle himself. Feed him and our calm adult cat, skip breakfast, hop on the bike and head for work. Halfway there, front tire flats. Locate a tiny piece of glass lodged in the tread and remove it. Take a deep breath. Change the tube. 45 minutes late for work.
Along those same lines, but last night on the way home.onespeed
Oct 4, 2002 7:20 AM
Barreling home from work, knowing the rain is going to start soon. I hit Chinatown and run over a piece of wire that is now sticking out of my rear tire. Lucky me.

After literally 6-7 months with no flats or punctures, I have one. What's even worse is that I didnt have my pump, but I did have my patch kit, tube, levers and my wrench for the rear wheel. I look around to see if there are any other cyclists with a pump nearby. Not a one in sight. So I hoof it to the subway and head home by train.

Rode in this morning. Nice mist in the air. The Brooklyn Bridge is awesome in these conditions.

Nothing better than carrying all your flat fixing tools.
Saved by the subway!velocity
Oct 4, 2002 7:47 AM
Subway comes in handy, especially when it rains. Numerous times I've been on group rides where we've bailed and taken the subway returning from Westchester rather than ride down the Concourse in a pouring heavy rain.

Yeah, it rained pretty heavily last night. I went out for drinks with friends after work last night and got drenched on the way back to the office to change into my cycling clothes. Rode home in a light, steady downpour, though, that was downright pleasant.

Must have been sweet to ride over the Brooklyn Bridge this morning.

I love travelin' light on the bike but I now always opt to carry flat fixin' supplies and a multi-tool on board.
Great to take a bike on a crowded subway.Sintesi
Oct 4, 2002 8:48 AM
I remember one night a friend and I hit a bar and got stewed; I had my bike and it was beginning to rain. I thought screw the 59th street bridge I'll take the subway. Well of course the E train was packed and there I was smelly drunk with a wet bike making an unbelievable nuisance of myself. My tire tagged a slew of hapless straphangers. I thought I wss going to get killed. Got some horrendous glares. What could I do? Except own up what a stupid ass I was.
Only thing better than carrying all your flat fixing toolsdzrider
Oct 4, 2002 8:16 AM
Not needing them!
My crappy night preceded your crummy day.look271
Oct 4, 2002 9:09 AM
Work plain old s#$ked last night, plus I was feeling sick; kids were kind enough to share their illness with good ol' dad. One of our instruments got a bug up its arse and finally I got it fixed, 30 minutes after I was supposed to leave. As I came down the stairs with my bike, I though to myself that a fitting end to a shitty day would be for it to rain. I was not disappointed! Nothing like riding home @ 1230AM, in the rain. Thing is, we really need the rain and it wasn't cold, so I really didn't mind. The few cars that passed me must've REALLY thought that I was nuts.