Riding in the Rain

Stopping by Rain Shadow Meats for some dinner grub on my ride home (which I’ve got to make a habit of – their meat is amazing), the lovely lady behind the counter asked if I ever got tired of commuting in the rain. “No,” I answered, but I’d be less than honest if I didn’t admit to looking forward to sunnier days – particularly as the long slog of Seattle’s rainy season grinds through its sixth month.

But riding in the rain is fun, more reliable than driving, and the trick – for me, at least – to doing it regularly is:

Oh, and don’t be afraid to get a little wet!

The Low Maintenance Benefits of Single Speed

It’s been over a year since I made the move to commuting exclusively by single speed. Besides the simple fun that comes from riding with a single gear, this winter has borne out the other primary benefit that single speed brings to the regular commuter: low, low maintenance. Seattle’s rain and urban road grit wreck havoc on even simple derailleurs, and I spent last winter dealing with a broken chain, worn cogs, constant gearing adjustments and slippage when applying power.

This winter? No issues whatsoever, despite my less-than-diligent bike cleaning and maintenance habits.