After all, the day had dawned rainy, and more rain was predicted. So I had packed my rain cape in the pannier, figuring that I probably wouldn't need it.
When I did, I was plenty glad it was there.
One fellow who was riding along with me in the Santa Monica Boulevard bike lanes for a while asked where I had gotten it. He was a middle-aged man in a t-shirt and shorts. I told him the brand—it's a Carradice Pro Route—and I hope he loked it up and ordered one. Shops in LA don't carry much in the way of rain gear. And people here dont seem to buy it. Hell, I've seen folks walking down my block in absolute downpours, in a suit, without even an umbrella! This doesn't make sense. We're talking about fairly simple technologies here: even an expensive rain cape costs less than most shoes, and umbrellas are almost free.
Well, maybe the smiles, nods, and thumbs-up I got from almost every single other cyclist I came across will translate into some internet searching for rain gear.
They say it may be a wet winter here in Southern California. But that's no reason to show up soaking wet just because you pedaled somewhere. (I do keep a handkerchief in my pocket for dabbing my face before I go into a building on rainy days, and a comb for my beard.)
When I stopped at the trader Joe's on my way home, after eight miles of delightful rain riding, the clerk asked me if I needed to validate parking for my car. I said no. My bike was waiting outside in the rain, with a showercap on the saddle. I got home dry.
Richard Risemberg on Sat, 31 Jan 2015 18:56:32 -0800 [link]
Richard Risemberg on Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:45:55 -0800 [link]
Meanwhile, on Orange 20 Bikes, I take a moment to announce that OMG, for Sure? A CicLAvia in the Valley? Which I look forward to riding in a few short weeks!
Richard Risemberg on Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:28:49 -0800 [link]
If you are interested, email me via this site's comments page, and maybe we can make a deal.
This domain name is paid up through the middle of May, 2015.
Richard Risemberg on Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:53:23 -0800 [link]
These might be turning points for the region…or not. We'll have to wait and see, so don't retire your banners and keyboards yet…. It ain't over till it's over.
Richard Risemberg on Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:31:11 -0800 [link]
On Orange 20 Bikes' website, I sing, Don't Cry for Me, Infrastructure, as I examine why it took a year and a half for LADOT to replace a damaged bike rack at a popular café.
And over on Flying Pigeon LA, I call out Northeast LA's rogue council member Gil Cedillo as A Tyrant and a Bully…despite his application of those very terms to his beleaguered constituents.
Richard Risemberg on Wed, 07 Jan 2015 21:37:48 -0800 [link]
On Orange 20's site, this week, I offer Fixing Flats: a Primer, and follow up with a plug for my recent book, which is full of urbanist Rants & Raves.
The on Flying Pigeon LA's blog, I delve into the Shadows of the Past, especially some startling confessions from shadowy Gil Cedillo, council member for much of Northeast Los Angeles, and staunch bike lane opponent today…but not during his campaign….
Richard Risemberg on Thu, 01 Jan 2015 02:24:57 -0800 [link]