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When I tell people that I ride my bike every day, a lot of people ask “What do you do when it rains?!” The short answer is, “you get wet” but the slightly longer answer is “with the right gear, its no problem.”
So because it is raining, and because I saw many happy riders today, here is a one minute guide for riding your bike in the rain:
Fenders, use them.
Helmet, strapped on.
Rain coat, rain paints, check.
Change of socks and shoes and/or rain booties and/or water proof shoes, yes please.
Lights, turn them on.
Metal plates, road markings, and manhole covers, these bad boys get extra slippery in the rain be advised.
Give yourself longer time to stop, wet wheels means your brakes work slower.
Water proof bag to put your work clothes in, good idea.
Take turns slowly, and don’t lean into them too hard, this will keep you rubber side down.
Thats it! It’s really not that hard.
Following this simple guide you should be able to ride your bike in any amount of rain and still arrive at your destination happy and unscathed. Simply walk in to where you are going, take off your rain gear, swap your socks (or better yet take off your rain booties), and you are ready for a day slaving away in your cubicle…better yet just keep riding.
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Seriously, do this, its fun. Dress up, ride slow, pip pip Cheerio! From the Boston retro wheelmen page.
Join us on Sunday October 16th at the Frog Pond located in Boston Commons for our 3rd Annual Tweed Ride. Meet up time is 10am, ride departing at 1030am. This year we will ride out to Jamaica Plain taking the Emerald Necklace to Franklin Park.
Bring food and supplies as we will be picnicking at Franklin Park before returning back to the Commons. As always this is a family friendly event, vintage bicycles are not required but dressing up is encouraged:tweed jackets, woolen knickers, dress shoes, bow ties, lace gloves, sun hats and the like. Helmets are not required but encouraged.
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Got this in the email, you should check this out if you want a good time tonight. Common wheels coop is showing Pee Wee’s Big Adventure!
“Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”
come out on Friday, August 12, at dusk (7:30pm)
we’ll have raffle prizes, live entertainment, art show, helmets and lights to give out, and more!
we’re showing the movie in the Penniman Road Play Area, it’s a city park on Penniman Rd in Allston, on the other side of our co-op space on Rugg Rd.
tell your friends, or come meet some new friends here!
Tags: bikes, fun times, movie, pee wee
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