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Fat Old Man with a Bicycle in the Rain | by Studio d'Xavier
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Fat Old Man with a Bicycle in the Rain

There was a period of time a couple of years back that I commuted by bicycle for the heck of it. I really didn't mind the rain or the sleet. It was the blistering sultry humidity and heat that finally made me resort to my SUV again. Yesterday the Jeep would not crank over however. Looks like a problem with the starter itself.

 

I didn't want to get out in the rain to get the job done, plus I needed it done as expeditiously as possible. So I contacted my mechanic and had it taken in. Then I rolled out the Raleigh Commuter Bike that I had built. The ugly ass velo is built for a fat old man to ride in the rain. It's not fancy. It cost less than the chain that locks it up. The idea is that it will still be there when I get off work. It is, however designed to be a practical get there machine. The specs are in the caption of the picture below for anyone interested.

 

There are several good Bike Commuting forums online. If you decide to take the plunge, get a helmet, get lights, be visible and be safe. Wear a dog tag with your next of kin's telephone number on it as well as your insurance information. Don't become a statistic. Better to be a fat old man on a bicycle in the rain than a statistic.

 

Even after Frank fixes the Jeep, I'm starting to wonder whether I need it again........... My Happy Place is on a bicycle.

 

We're Here!: My Happy Place

 

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Taken on December 5, 2011