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No sign of the forecast bad weather so I headed out ...(9 posts)

No sign of the forecast bad weather so I headed out ...Humma Hah
Jun 12, 2003 9:23 AM
... for the long way home last night. Hung a right instead of a left, and went toward the Parkway. That offers a chance to turn a 5.2 mile commute into about 27 miles. This would be my longest outing to date on the Paramount fixie, and I was long overdue to stretch its legs.

Hit my turnaround point, paused for a bottle of Gatorade from the convenience store, and headed home. Big black cloud had come up behind me while outbound, and now I could see it. Uh-oh, first lightning! More. Not on my path, but ...

Few rain drops. I won't melt. Lightning's moving east, no longer a factor. Getting dark tho', and using the headlight and blinky.

Unclipped the wrong foot, and toppled over at one stoplight. Totally mortifying.

Made the final turn for home, half a mile out the sky just plain opened up. Buckets. Sheets. Soaked. Hard to see. Resorted to a couple of sidewalks as the curb lane is kinda tricky on that stretch, and the traffic was heavy.

Pulled in to the driveway, opened the garage, parked the bike. Opened the door to the house, and requested a bathrobe and towel.

"Uh, huh," she said. "Thought so."

Can't wait to do it again! Great ride.
"tough love" cycling ;-) nmDougSloan
Jun 12, 2003 9:34 AM
Nothing like a fixie ride in the rain! =)KG 361
Jun 12, 2003 9:43 AM
Much easier to clean than the geared bike. I've had a few of those this year, too.
congrats on your first clipless horizontal track stand nmJS Haiku Shop
Jun 12, 2003 10:17 AM
It was easier to do than I expected ...Humma Hah
Jun 12, 2003 11:16 AM
... much easier to achieve than the vertical kind.
quick clipless tip (say *that* 5 times fast!)JS Haiku Shop
Jun 12, 2003 11:49 AM
when you forget and unclip with the "wrong" foot, and start to lose vertical orientation, pedal a little with the other foot. works like a charm.

=or= don't unclip the wrong foot, duh! :)
My reaction exactly ... "duh'. (nm)Humma Hah
Jun 12, 2003 12:10 PM
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I've had several rides like that this springtarwheel
Jun 12, 2003 11:33 AM
Last summer we were vacationing in Pensacola Beach, Florida, where my wife is from. While out riding a bad thunderstorm snuck up behind me. When it started raining, I noticed the black clouds and lightning and it looked dangerous. Fortunately, I was close my wife's cousin's house and rode for cover there. When I rang the doorbell, they didn't know who I was dressed in my cycling gear and were ready to call the police. It's a good thing I stopped though, because it must have rained 4 inches in an hour, with hail, lots of lightning and flooded streets. I don't know what I would have done if caught in that storm without a place to stop.
a perfect ride... but for the topple nmPdxMark
Jun 12, 2003 12:13 PM