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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Oh how nice-ycle!

Last week, I was meeting a friend for coffee at Simon's on Mass Ave. My bike was parked directly out front, but I was sitting way at the back and so was unable to gaze lovingly at my ride while I sipped my coffee. It was one of those relentlessly rainy days we've been having, and I'd ridden over all kitted out in my brimmed helmet and bright yellow rain boots, which coincidentally have super reflective stripes around the tops. That, plus the fact that the soles are thinner and easier to pedal in than my more extreme knee-high French Wellies, have made them my go-to rainy day cycling shoes:


(By the way, when searching for this image, I found these, also Tretorns:

Rain wedges! How cute!)








The whole point of this story is that while I got my person all prepped for the weather, I somehow forgot to do the same for my (newish) Brooks B67 after I'd parked my bike! Lucky for me, the nice barista who was taking out the trash at the end of the night saw my poor, unprotected saddle and was kind of enough to pull out the shower cap* I keep tucked in there and cover it up. Maybe he saw me ride up when I came, but somehow he guessed the bike belonged to me and let me know everything was all right. Wasn't that nice?? My bum especially appreciated it on the ride home.


*I don't know why more people don't use shower caps as saddle protectors. They're designed to be waterproof, they have an elastic band built in so they'll fit snugly without any effort or elaborate knotting, you can get one for a dollar or two, and they look so much nicer than plastic grocery bags.

3 comments:

Velouria said...

That was very nice of the barista to put the cover on. Shower cap as saddle cover is a great idea - the only reason I don't use it, is that I happen to have accumulated like a half dozen saddle covers!

dokinchan said...

I thought I was the only one doing the shower cap thing! So happy to find I have company on it.
I also thought maybe you would be interested that you were in my blog today, your post (more recent than this one) about keeping an eye on you bike was on my mind.
Lovely blog, and lovely bike you have!

margonaute said...

dokinchan-- thanks so much! I confess, though, after seeing the shower cap in some of the photos here, I've been thinking about upgrading to a prettier model! Not very eco-conscious, I'm afraid...

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