So I decided to play rain roulette; you know, where you go out betting that it won't rain too hard. And I lost.
|Two things you can't tell from this photo: A) it's raining pretty hard, and B) I'm soaked and taking shelter in a shopping mall.|
I waited out the rain. Or at least I waited until it sort of let up. And then I headed down the bike path to a freeway overpass. I got cold. I got wet. But I didn't get stuck in traffic.
However, I did get this.
|This is exactly what it looks like. Except that my camera makes the colors brighter, so it's kind of cheerful looking.|
Decided I wasn't going to change the tube in the rain and got it to the bike store. Turns out the tire was ripped and any tube I put in would've been flat pretty quickly anyway. (I also found out later that I didn't have the right tube with me.) So my laziness/aversion to working in the rain wasn't exactly wrong. I did have to buy a new tire, which I wasn't crazy about. But I did take out one of their Surly Stragglers for a test ride, which was fun enough to counter the "no fun" of getting a flat in the rain.
Big thanks to my support crew (um...wife) who was willing to pick me up so that I wouldn't have to walk five miles in the rain.
Tomorrow I go on the first organized training ride for April's charity event. If it rains, the ride will be cancelled and a workout on some stationary bikes will be substituted for the training. I usually don't go to these things. There's something about gyms I just don't like. Also, stationary bikes. You pedal and pedal and end up in the same place.