Nice first ride in the COLD.
Luckily the downpour didn't happen until mile 7 of my 10 mile commute. Man, it's coming down pretty good. Stupid me forgot to bring extra socks and shoes, so now my feet are cold and clammy.
I REALLY need to invest in some waterproof booties and pants.
Weatherproof gear! Psst! I need thunderstorm gear! I was soaked to the bone! The downpour started with the start of my commute... let up about mile 4.5 of 6. Thanks! Got my pants stuck in my chain and had to wade through a large puddle to unhook them... I have pant-bands, just have them hanging on my bag. *Shakes head, Dumbass!*
Well, that was fun! I did enjoy not having to fight over the bike lane, and I think the drivers felt sorry for me because no one tried to run me over. Ha!
Now I am praying everything is dry by 5!
The heavy stuff started almost immediately after I left this morning. I made it an entire block before I turned around and headed back to the garage. Put everything I had on in the dryer for an hour, watched last night's "Community" again, and waited the storm out. An hour later I was on my way in conditions much easier to handle. I salute everyone who slogged through that this morning.
This morning was probably my wettest ride to date
When I left for work this morning the heavy stuff really started to come down. I was fully kitted out in my rain gear so I stayed resonably dry. My feet got soaked, and I spent all day with wet feet. Wet feet are not much fun for a whole day when you are on them.
First CCM for me, happy Friday! Met some terrific Chainlink peeps too. Saw the spectrum of bike skills, handling, stunts and a low speed crash. The guy operating an 1888 Penny Farthing high wheeler was phenomenal. Crossing the river West on Belmont, he managed to get both legs off the peddles and up over the bars for a short period. WOW.
The route was a sort of a Southside psych. Did we get as far South as Halsted & Archer? Then back North to Belmont. I see the attraction to CCM for bike drivers. And the dissatisfaction of some inflexible motor vehicle operators. The expression on a CTA bus drivers face early on in the Loop was priceless. CPD were excellent. Thanks Chainlink community.
CCM tonight was a bit disorganized. The leaders tended to pass cars at intersections and cause them to get trapped within the mass which causes a dangerous situation. It's a practice that should be avoided IMHO.
I saw quite a bit more than 1slow-speed tip. Ethanol and clipped in might not be a good combination perhaps as almost every advanced gravity excursion I saw happened rolling to a stop -or right after.
Still was fun. Nice to meet you Steel Driver. Next time I should bring a steel road bike just for kicks instead of my tank. Thank you CCM for dropping me right off in front of my house...
Endomondo said I went 21.99 miles. Not too shabby for the day on the slow bike.
Endomondo tells me we got as far south as W 24th street in Chinatown before we looped around and headed back up North again.
Group riding 101 was terrible! The instructors were atrocious, wicked even. We kept gapping and they were cuffing us about the ears when we stopped. Whoops it's only 3/31/12, not quite April fools. ; )
Kudos to the patient CCC ride leaders, they conveyed how a pace line should flow. The group improved as we got some reps in. Once again meeting terrific chainlink peeps.
The cherry on the pudding? Eureka, connecting in the flesh with the Ice Trike driver. I had a hit on my way North from group 101, watch for the pink Flamingo. Sure enough on the LFP at Irving Park, the trike and operator appear. Wonderful to meet you Gene, shake your hand and thank you in person for sharing with us.