11 December 2008

Plenty of room in the bike rack

Posted by todd under: Clothing; Raingear .

If your workplace is like mine, the bike rack empties in a hurry when the weather sours.

Today, with wind, steady rain and a temperature of 32 degrees, I am guessing that there will be plenty of good spaces available. The Sears 3-speed will be there — it always is, I’m not sure anyone actually rides it — and that will be about it.

Speaking of wet weather, here’s an update on my O2 rain jacket and pants and my Burley shoe covers: They’re all still holding up great. I’ve been riding in some fairly serious rain this month, and there are no signs of leaks.

The O2 rain pants tore a bit after I caught them on my front derailer. I covered the tear with duct tape, applied from inside the pants, and it’s working fine.

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Yes, that's me, Todd Van Campen. No, I'm not wearing a helmet. Yes, I usually wear one, so please don't scold! Seriously, I endorse wearing a helmet! Pinky swear! In fact, I almost ALWAYS wear one (while riding a bike anyway). (On the other hand, if YOU don't want to wear a helmet, I have no problem with it.) I don't remember what happened on this particular day. Fortunately for all of us it makes for a less-nerdly picture. My exceptionally talented professional photographer friend Charles Bertram took this photo.

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I asked my 6-year-old son, Caleb, an avid bicyclist and artist, to draw a bike for me. I think he did a great job!

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