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Old October 19th 04, 09:06 PM
Mike Jacoubowsky/Chain Reaction Bicycles
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Default First rain ride of the season

From today's entry in the almost-daily diary at

10/19/04- STILL THERE'LL BE MORE. A great song from the way-back days by
Procol Harum. What made it appropriate today was the line "I'll bathe my
eyes in a river of salt" which was exactly what happened on this morning's
ride. Not because it was hot, but because it was raining. Really raining.
Absolutely dumping, in fact, for the first seriously wet ride of the
season... which means that all the salt in your helmet pads (which you
should have cleaned beforehand but never got around to) was liberated by the
stream of water pouring down through your helmet. Ouch!

In a peculiar way, the season's first rain ride is something I look forward
to. Rather than it being a hassle (getting out the rain bike and the piles
of rain-appropriate apparel), it's an adventure. The absurdity of going
riding when sane people stay home and drink coffee and wish for nicer
weather is somehow motivational. You even look forward, the night before, to
waking up and hearing the rain & wind pouring over the house.

But don't look to your family for sympathy or support. Not even the dog,
who, annoyed (or scared?) by all the noise outside, stood about six feet
from the door and barked at it. They don't get it (but at least the dog
pretends to want to fight it!).

--Mike Jacoubowsky
Chain Reaction Bicycles
IMBA, BikesBelong, NBDA member


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