Sheesh, it was a wet, cold, and lonely night out there. Not a bit like last week when I enjoyed a lovely spring ride in the company of a backpack-clad fellow commuter all kitted out in Broadmark Capital gear.
As he spun along on his unencumbered rain bike he couldn’t help but comment on me and my Clampett-size load of crap:
“You sure ride with a lot of stuff.”
I gave the usual cargo bike explanation: “Laptop, rain gear, U-lock, some work clothes, shopping bags for grocery stops, spare hat. You know, just in case.” It all felt pretty reasonable. The only extravagant item on that nice spring evening seemed to be the rain gear.
So in an effort to cut 30 or 40 seconds off my commute, I planned to leave that superfluous rain gear in the garage this week. Good thing I never got around to it. Considering how cold my hands were in summer-weight gloves, I can’t even fathom the misery of a ride without rain pants and jacket.
Sometimes my laziness serves me well.
And the bag of rain gear? I think it’s earned a free ride in the sideloaders all summer long!