- You know the weather's bad when…
Today was blowing a gale, it didn’t really get light, and it rained almost continually. The roads were a nightmare with huge, water filled potholes everywhere, and too much traffic. I was on a nervy handling road bike with untaped bars and slightly skewed ergonomics (it was it’s post-build furkling ride), and it had only had short clip-on guards. Plus, I’ve got a snotty head-cold – it’s the first time I’ve been off-colour for decades too, so I’m properly like a bear with a sore head … but yeah, it was great!
Granted, I had to mince down a couple of steep road sections dragging the brakes all the way, and even ended up walking down one section for a bit where the road had been eroded away to a stream bed 😯 – but got home feeling properly smug at having been out riding in the weather. I am admittedly feeling just a little bit done in now , but hey ho, red badge of courage and all that! I’ll tape the bars in the morning and take it out again tomorrow.
I’d imagine the old guy was either thinking … about the heroic nature of the struggle, fondly recalling his time training and racing a bike in all weathers, and heartened to see that same noble tradition alive and well, even in this day and age … et cetera, or, just entertained at the stupidity of a grown man riding a bike in the pouring rain when he could be driving / taking the bus. 😉Posted 7 years ago
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