Thursday, April 22, 2010
The hour I first believed
So, the fact that rod brakes are marginal at best, and completely lousy in the rain is common knowledge amongst roadster lovers Instead of smooth braking, I get a rattling jerky gradual slowing when I apply Minerva's brakes.
I've just been going slow and being even more conservative than usual these last couple of weeks.
And everyone talks about how much worse they are in wet conditions, so I was debating whether to ride home after this afternoon's thunderstorms, or bail and take the T. Since it looked pretty clear, and the roads looked reasonably dry, I decided to bike home.
About halfway over the longfellow it starts to sprinkler, and although it never really starts to pour, it gets steadily harder, and there are lots of leftover puddles in the bike lane. I'm trying to decide whether to gut it out or bail and walk home, when I have to brake suddenly- and got a big double handful of NOTHING.
Fortunately I wasn't going very fast, and wasn't panic stopping, just slowing a bit.
But boy do I sure believe the stories now about how lousy rod brakes are!