if it's dry, give it a try.
if it's wet, begin to fret.
*(bonus third line: if it snows, who knows? Snow carries with it a certain degree of ambiguity, not only because it blankets the earth with an ivory patina (Ivory Patina is also the name of an Cambridge drag queen- probably), but because route conditions vary so much from place to place and its hard to say whether your route will be plowed/cleared or, if you're biking on a local trail, at near Donner Party conditions.Now, as to whether you're fretting should inhibit you from riding, that's an entirely individual choice. I don't mind riding in the rain so much any more because I have a nice waterproof bag and I'm willing to bring with me at least three (slight exaggeration) changes of clothes to ensure that I don't have to ride home in a wet gear. But maybe you like to travel lighter than I do or maybe you don't have a place to change or maybe you're a Wicked Witch of a Cardinal Direction and water has negative consequences to your overall well-being/existence. Anyway, I bought all of the changes of clothes not because I was rained upon this morning, but rather because I expect it to be much cooler in the evening and I am, for lack of a better term, a delicate flower and I like to be as little exposed to the elements as possible.
Surly spotting: guy on East Capitol on a light brown Cross Check, Brooks B17, khakis tucked into his argyle socks. He kept looking back over his shoulder at me. I was more than content just to ride behind. If I wanted to ride around, I would have. (Commuters: don't delude yourselves into thinking you're the fastest person on the road. Just ride at a comfortable pace and if someone wants to ride faster than that, he or she will.)
I'm all about riding through security bollards, but not when there's a group of people, including security guards and I think a maintenance crew, on the other side. If it's going to be a tight fit, it seems needlessly antagonizing.
Yeah, they're still occupying McPherson.
Way more Bikeshare bikes out today than normal. I think that fair weather really brings out fair weather cyclists. And that's a good thing. I wonder what impact a nice day has on reducing crowding on local roads and on bus and metro ridership. I think I'd be deluding myself if I thought it was substantial. Simply not that many people ride bikes. Sadly.
R Street bores me. I want a new crosstown route. I guess I could start riding up past Meridian Park. That could be a thing.
I desperately wanted to catch up with a superbiker riding up Massachusetts, but I just couldn't. Dude was way out in front and not to make excuses or anything, here are some excuses:
- red lights
- drivers blocked my path
- slowed down for pedestrians and other bicyclists
- my bag was really heavy
- my breakfast was a frosted, generic Pop Tart and a piece of bacon.
- my trick knee was acting up (note: don't actually have a trick knee. Except when asked to do dishes.)
- my bike needs a tune up and the chain was skipping around on the rear cogs.
- I wasn't even trying that hard, so shut up or whatever
One last thing, unrelated to my commute, but in the way of a biking endorsement: Road Holland. They make really nice things. Some of them are quite expensive, some are only marginally expensive. (This is all relative given your definition of expensive. I use Cuban cigars to light hundred dollar bills aflame for some reason [that's how you do it, right?]) In any case, if you like stuff made in AMERICA, but named after FOREIGN COUNTRIES (like French fries, for example) and you like bicycling stuff that looks CLASSY (like a revue headlined by Ivory Patina), you couldn't do much better than this. This is an unsolicited endorsement and I will only retract it if forced to by their attorneys.