Ok, more drizzly than stormy, and it was mostly gloomy not dark, but it's such a classic title that I couldn't resist.
I made a giant batch of spaghetti sauce this weekend for friends of mine (a colleague of the Scientist's and his wife) who just had a baby, and could use some easy dinners. I had planned on taking it out tonight to their house in Belmont ( a streetcar suburb of Boston), and decided to follow through despite the cloudy weather turning into drizzle on the way home. I'm really glad that I have brakes that aren't affected by weather on Minerva, since Gilbert is still getting refurbed. I've been riding Minerva since Friday, and the hub brake has really proved itself in the rain a couple of times already, especially compared to the rod brakes alone.
It's a serious haul up Belmont hill, and between the drizzle and a bit of sweat, I was pretty damp by the time I reached their house. I had changed from the dress I wore to work into jeans, which may have been a mistake, because jeans are much slower to dry than tights.
The baby was adorable, red faced and milk-fed sleepy. Their 4 year old was sweet and engaging. I admired their kitchen and we discussed the cabinet maker who'd made both our cabinets.
After a bit though, I was pretty chilled from my damp clothes and needed to hit the road. And of course they have a newborn to take care of, so I didn't want to overstay my welcome. I also didn't want to ride home in full dark.
On the way home I ran into my friend Cris riding his Raleigh 3 speed fixed gear (yes SA makes a 3 speed fixed gear hub). I wasn't a total surprise, since I'd emailed him for Belmont route advice, and he lives a couple of blocks away from my friends. We chatted for a couple of minutes, but it was too raw to stay still for long, and we headed our separate ways.
Riding Minerva the DL-1 for an extended period like this week is interesting. It takes a lot to get moving, but once she gets up to speed, she's really got a lot of momentum. Even up hills, she seems to really glide upward and going downhill is the fastest I've gone on a bike for a while. I find that I end up pumping my upper body quite a bit when I'm starting from a dead start. But after I'm really moving, she cruises like nobody's business. I don't know if it's the wheel size, or the wheelbase, or what, but it's a vastly different riding experience than the livelier Sports frame that Gilbert is built off of. Different muscles are definitely getting used and in some cases complaining!