I rode home in the rain and that gave me a chance to use my new bicycle rain cape (poncho). It has little elastic loops for my thumbs to hold it down in the wind. It also has elastic loops for my legs to hold down the rear of the poncho in the wind. That's a flatulence pun.
The poncho worked great at keeping me dry. It would have worked better if the bike I rode had fenders. I just built up this fixed-gear bike and haven't installed fenders yet. I've got an old front that will work and I'll find a used rear. I have a few good sources for those.
I had a problem coordinating the fixed-gear riding style, which is new to me, and the loops on the poncho. I use arm signals to tell the others on the road when I'm turning. But the elastic loops prevent me from extending my arm. So I had to pull my thumb out of the loop to signal. Then get it back in again. It was difficult to place my thumb back in the loop. I wore long-fingered gloves and they were wet. I had no feel in my fingers for the fiddly little loops. The wind blew the poncho up and while trying to straighten it out and get my thumb back in the loop, I forgot and tried to coast (can't do that on a fixed-gear bike). I almost crashed in a tangle of poncho and whirling pedals. I didn't crash, but I got to feel those sensations just before you crash.
I imagined my face and shoulder piling into the asphalt. It was wet so I would have slid nicely unless I did a pile-driver. Those suck. I'm familiar with sliding and the pile driver. Neither are very nice, but at least the pile driver gets you some very pleasant pain medications.
When I arrived home, I dug out the water-proof camera and tried to take a photo of me on the bike with the poncho. It's a film camera and it had a fresh roll of film in it, so I'll have to wait for the results. I'll have them put on a photo CD and post the result even if it's pretty bad. Sometimes those self-timer photos don't turn out very well.
Don't get me wrong, despite the near crash, it was a great ride. Rain makes a ride special.
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