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

  1. 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 !

  2. 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!"

  3. 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!"

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

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

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

  11. 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)

  12. 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)

  13. 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)

  14. 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)

  15. "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.

  16. "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.

  17. "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.

  18. "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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