The Neverending Story

Besides a two year hiatus when my son was born, I’ve been riding my bike to work almost every day since 1987. It doesn’t change with rain, shine, hail, snow, thunderstorm, a plague of frogs, zombie apocalypse or the expiration of a Mesoamerican calendar system: I ride my bike.

Yet when I roll in on a day like today, when rain is forecast, people at the office still ask me, “What are you gonna do when it rains?”

How do you answer that question?

74 Comments

  • wakeful
    November 21, 2009 - 11:09 am | Permalink

    I'm sporting a cape this winter and it is cozy. It sits on my shoulders like a tepee. But my response to that silly "rain" question has always been the same… it's not very different from you walking in the rain. I dress appropriately for the weather, just like you would !

  • Captain Kickstand
    November 23, 2009 - 12:06 am | Permalink

    Oh well, a couple of people beat me to it but I always answer, "get wet" too.I've coached Special Olympics cycling for nearly ten years now, and I always answered the question that way from my athletes, too. My proudest moment was when a couple of my cycling friends came to see my team in competition and asked, "what do you guys do if it rains?" I passed the question on to one of the guys on my team who promptly answered, "we get wet!"

  • Captain Kickstand
    November 22, 2009 - 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Oh well, a couple of people beat me to it but I always answer, "get wet" too.

    I've coached Special Olympics cycling for nearly ten years now, and I always answered the question that way from my athletes, too. My proudest moment was when a couple of my cycling friends came to see my team in competition and asked, "what do you guys do if it rains?" I passed the question on to one of the guys on my team who promptly answered, "we get wet!"

  • Russ
    November 23, 2009 - 1:14 pm | Permalink

    My favorite response is "I'll wash it off with a little water when I get home" I think it then hits the people that it is only water.

  • Russ
    November 23, 2009 - 1:14 pm | Permalink

    My favorite response is "I'll wash it off with a little water when I get home" I think it then hits the people that it is only water.

  • Russ
    November 23, 2009 - 1:14 pm | Permalink

    My favorite response is "I'll wash it off with a little water when I get home" I think it then hits the people that it is only water.

  • Russ
    November 23, 2009 - 6:14 am | Permalink

    My favorite response is "I'll wash it off with a little water when I get home" I think it then hits the people that it is only water.

  • wombatgrrl
    November 23, 2009 - 2:14 pm | Permalink

    I alternate between "I cry" and giving them a lecture on how it's all about the gear……

  • wombatgrrl
    November 23, 2009 - 2:14 pm | Permalink

    I alternate between "I cry" and giving them a lecture on how it's all about the gear……

  • wombatgrrl
    November 23, 2009 - 2:14 pm | Permalink

    I alternate between "I cry" and giving them a lecture on how it's all about the gear……

  • wombatgrrl
    November 23, 2009 - 7:14 am | Permalink

    I alternate between "I cry" and giving them a lecture on how it's all about the gear……

  • Yokota Fritz
    November 23, 2009 - 5:20 pm | Permalink

    I love it that this experience is so common. Respect to Captain Kickstand and his (her?) work with Special Olympics.

  • Yokota Fritz
    November 23, 2009 - 5:20 pm | Permalink

    I love it that this experience is so common. Respect to Captain Kickstand and his (her?) work with Special Olympics.

  • Yokota Fritz
    November 23, 2009 - 10:20 am | Permalink

    I love it that this experience is so common. Respect to Captain Kickstand and his (her?) work with Special Olympics.

  • Joe B
    November 23, 2009 - 8:27 pm | Permalink

    This does seem to be a universal question posed to cyclists. I'm an everyday commuter in Michigan and frequently get followed up with "What about snow?" after they ask about rain. I just reiterate that cycling is how I commute and with the right gear foul weather won't spoil a ride.Besides, the worst weather rides are the indeed my most memorable. Referencing this article in the Times (http://bit.ly/1L39WJ)

  • Joe B
    November 23, 2009 - 8:27 pm | Permalink

    This does seem to be a universal question posed to cyclists. I'm an everyday commuter in Michigan and frequently get followed up with "What about snow?" after they ask about rain. I just reiterate that cycling is how I commute and with the right gear foul weather won't spoil a ride.Besides, the worst weather rides are the indeed my most memorable. Referencing this article in the Times (http://bit.ly/1L39WJ)

  • Joe B
    November 23, 2009 - 8:27 pm | Permalink

    This does seem to be a universal question posed to cyclists. I'm an everyday commuter in Michigan and frequently get followed up with "What about snow?" after they ask about rain. I just reiterate that cycling is how I commute and with the right gear foul weather won't spoil a ride.Besides, the worst weather rides are the indeed my most memorable. Referencing this article in the Times (http://bit.ly/1L39WJ)

  • Joe B
    November 23, 2009 - 1:27 pm | Permalink

    This does seem to be a universal question posed to cyclists. I'm an everyday commuter in Michigan and frequently get followed up with "What about snow?" after they ask about rain. I just reiterate that cycling is how I commute and with the right gear foul weather won't spoil a ride.

    Besides, the worst weather rides are the indeed my most memorable. Referencing this article in the Times (http://bit.ly/1L39WJ)

  • Yokota Fritz
    November 23, 2009 - 8:38 pm | Permalink

    @Joe: Indeed. There's no bad weather, just bad clothing.

  • Yokota Fritz
    November 23, 2009 - 1:38 pm | Permalink

    @Joe: Indeed. There's no bad weather, just bad clothing.

  • Jennifer
    November 24, 2009 - 12:30 am | Permalink

    "What do you do when it rains?"There are enough walkers/public trans riders in my office (and enough drivers who don't park anywhere near the building) for this response to work. I don't know what I'd say in a different office environment, though. Probably either "I get rained on" or "You mean to tell me you actually DRIVE YOUR CAR in this kind of weather?!?!," accompanied by a suitably shocked expression.

  • Jennifer
    November 24, 2009 - 12:30 am | Permalink

    "What do you do when it rains?"There are enough walkers/public trans riders in my office (and enough drivers who don't park anywhere near the building) for this response to work. I don't know what I'd say in a different office environment, though. Probably either "I get rained on" or "You mean to tell me you actually DRIVE YOUR CAR in this kind of weather?!?!," accompanied by a suitably shocked expression.

  • Jennifer
    November 24, 2009 - 12:30 am | Permalink

    "What do you do when it rains?"There are enough walkers/public trans riders in my office (and enough drivers who don't park anywhere near the building) for this response to work. I don't know what I'd say in a different office environment, though. Probably either "I get rained on" or "You mean to tell me you actually DRIVE YOUR CAR in this kind of weather?!?!," accompanied by a suitably shocked expression.

  • Jennifer
    November 23, 2009 - 5:30 pm | Permalink

    "What do you do when it rains?"

    There are enough walkers/public trans riders in my office (and enough drivers who don't park anywhere near the building) for this response to work. I don't know what I'd say in a different office environment, though. Probably either "I get rained on" or "You mean to tell me you actually DRIVE YOUR CAR in this kind of weather?!?!," accompanied by a suitably shocked expression.

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