Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks!

A big ol’ storm gives us a love-tap en route to punching someone else out.

O, ’tis of a class of a wind out there this morning would peel the decals off your down tube.

Yesterday was the first truly chilly ride of this fall. With our weather widget spitting out a wealth of contradictory data I dithered for a while — “What will the style-conscious velo-fellow be wearing this season?” — before finally settling on tuque, short-sleeve jersey over long-sleeve jersey (augmented by arm warmers), long-fingered gloves, bib shorts, some lightweight tights, and wool socks.

Naturally, I was overdressed.

Bell lap.

The arm warmers came off first, followed by the tuque. Knee warmers would have been just the thing — tights were overkill — but the wool socks were spot on.

Still, fashion failures aside, the thing is to get out the fuggin’ door, amirite? Don’t just sit there at the desk, letting the stink-tide of the Innertubes wash over you like a sewer backup, glancing out the window now and again to see if summer plans an encore. Get out there and take your beating.

That being said, I am not a fan of cycling in the wind. I’ve been blown off highway shoulders and rock gardens, spun around like a weathervane while running a cyclocross course, and shot-peened smoother than a baby’s butt while grinding squint-eyed into various gales.

But as you know, I will never be smart, so I went right back out in it again today. Kerchief, long-sleeve jersey over sleeveless undershirt, long-fingered gloves, knickers, and cotton socks.

Naturally, I was underdressed.

The wind gave me a welcome assist on the climbs, but when the rain auditioned for a part in my little passion play I said to hell with it and turned around. All the world’s a stage, but we needn’t be overly dramatic.

8 Responses to “Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks!”

  1. Stan Thomas Says:

    “Don’t just sit there at the desk, …”
    Or, Rule 9: https://www.velominati.com/

  2. Michael G Spak Says:

    Yup, I remember gettingspun at that AFA cross.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Ho, Mr. Spak, long time no see. Nothing like hoisting the bike for a run and brrrrzzzzzzt! Getting screwed into the turf like a sprinkler head. Straight out of a Looney Tunes cartoon.

  3. Pat O’Brien Says:

    That’s Incredibell!

  4. SAO' Says:

    Let’s go, so we can get back.
    ~ Jeff Tweedy

    I think he meant touring on the road, not braving the elements, but lyrics and book titles are meant to be interpreted at a personal level.

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