… Today, happily, it rained all day — starting a little after I got to work, and ending a little before I left 🙂 I could see a cloud leaking to the South of me when I left… and it leaked enough on the ride back to get a pretty glorious rainbow.
No bike pics yet because … that phone thing’s at work, in the charger, and I don’t feel like goin’ out and taking more.
I was poised to cross Washington and a driver eastbound slowed to yield to me … I turned and looked the other way so she went through, and then I caught her eye and nodded appreciation (African-American woman of indistinguishable age — hmmm actually a bit like the Lovely Trucker last week but I don’t *think* so ;))
So it would seem that yes, this bicycle has at *least* as much Sympathy/Respect Generation as the Xtracycle!
I had been thinking that if I deck it out just right, it can look all kinds of Official. I’d pondered trying to make the bags look more “hi-viz official” but then realized (when I started feeling like people were giving me a pretty wide berth) that its color is, well… “Matte Metallic Bronze” — or … I don’t know, perhaps “Army” ? Now, I’d like to try to make the thing emanate oh, a more monastic/ simple-life “uniform” message (are there any monasteries with matte metallic bronze robes?)… (thinking back to that 40 degree rainy windy day y’ars ago when the guy in the VW bus loaded to the gills gave me the best peace sign out the window — yes, you can be reverent and joyful with one hand)…
I’m thinking *hard* about the dashboard, and realized that d’uh, I should do as I would with a writing project .. .plan the thing. It’s something even *I* could do with technology… That front carriage place could hold a box type thing with … the battery for charging the phone/tablet/whatever, perhaps a mount for the whatever, and if I can figure it out, a GoPro mount.
I could plop myself up into first place in this month’s National Bike Challenge roster for Champaign County Bikes, since I rode in this a.m. The weather happily sent the wild storm through at 6:15; gone by my 7:15 departure but fun riding past the assorted puddles and swellings the storm caused. (I’m sure select folks will get out and go long soon — but I saw this week’s unsettled forecast and figured I might make some gains…)
Last night was the Prairie Cycle Club’s Pizza Party to kick off the season so I rode home via Curtis Road. Almost ran over one frog on the bike lane and saw four or five others over the next mile or so. They were over an inch in size, some of ’em bigger, but I’m trying to remember how big a transitioning tadpole gets; they might have all been fairly recent transformers. They *didn’t* seem to be trying to migrate across the road or anything; hopefully they sauntered back into the moisture and other cyclists successfully dodged ’em. There’s a reason to install bike lanes — a significantly safer buffer zone for frogs 🙂
Today I spent a mile on Church road chatting with another bike commuter about the marketing campaign Trek *should* have to get a chunk of Big Box Buyers to take the step from Bicycle Shaped Objects to well-fitted, well-engineered *bicycles.* “You’ll never go back!” Hey, I’d be *glad* to be a poster lady 🙂
I’m shopping for a new bike.
I *might* be sort of thanking my bike thief. I have been thinking of this slothful-sabbatical year, when I’ve been riding to get to work and other places, and riding the club rides where I’m expected. I’m outta shape. To cut it short: I haven’t ridden *hard* any time, any where, at all this year. Maybe up the odd hill at GITAP…
It has occurred to me that at 52, if I don’t do something about it, my days as a closet endurance athlete might be over. Since October I’ve been trying to psych myself up to think 8 or 10,ooo miles next year, to get out JAN 1… and wondering whether I’ll be able to trip that “on” switch that drove me to WHEN IN DOUBT, RIDE AROUND THE BLOCK ONE MORE TIME! It’s utterly exacerbated by my GPS being AWOL (and hence, no magic numbers creeping up on the mileage tally) tho’ I stopped keeping score in March. (No, Sue, DRIVES you. Think present tense ;))
However, this morning, I did something I hadn’t done in forever: intervals on the commute… partly ’cause cold weather inspires me but also just thinking that I could get me a bicycle overtly for randonneuring. (No, I don’t expect to do the formal stuff with their weird rules and paperwork.) I might have to go to upper Canada in the summer to get weather cool enough for the odd double metric…