A week of rain scheduled! Does it bother us? Nope. Ponchos packed, boots buckled, and layers...layered? The boys and I set off to visit Practical Cycle again. We needed new tires and tubes for the Chariot so we can safely do our upcoming monster trip to Modesto. Cassidy was helpful as ever, finding the perfect tubes and tires and answering all my questions. Most importantly, he put up with the chaos that comes with the Bustamante clan. Big Brother took to running around the bikes while Little Brother screamed until he was allowed to do the same. We left the shop covered in crumbs (actually both the shop and us) but with all the gear we would need for the weekend's adventures. If you haven't found your own LBS (local bike shop), it's time you did. I highly recommend Practical Cycle. Once we were finished up there, we walked over to the train museum--the boys had tolerated my bike shop time, next it was their turn.
Heading home, rain looked imminent so we piled on our rain gear-Little Brother got a poncho, Big Brother had his rain jacket and boots on but told me that he liked the rain to fall on his head, and I had basic rain pants and a rain-resistant jacket.
There wasn't really that much rain riding home but it was nice to stay dry anyway. It was a great test run to see that this set up should work out for more rainy days. Most people see rain in the forecast and write off riding for the day when usually it just means that there might be periods of rain or showers. Heck, they might even be wrong. That's happened once or twice, hasn't it? Basically, riding in the rain just comes down to being prepared and using common sense. If it starts hailing, yes, it's probably a good time to duck under a shelter or grab a cup of coffee and a danish. If you have to stay dry for work, bring some extra clothes to change into. If you don't have to stay dry, enjoy the rain! Remember how much fun it was to splash in puddles and get soaking wet--relive those times. At some point, you just can't get any more wet and you just enjoy the ride, squishy pants and all.
Last note, on my way home, a fellow biker pulled up along side at a red light and said "nice minivan!" I agreed and it turned out that he had seen us on Practical Cycle's website. We're famous! How exciting! I like being famous.
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