Wet and Wild

Just a little bit wet for Bike to Work Day this morning. Luckily, it was nowhere near the downpours we had last weekend, or even Monday. Hopefully it stays that way for the evening commute too!
I got to chat with a guy from Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling and a woman from Potomac Pedalers Touring Club, and even got taped by a Fox 5 news crew hopping on my bike to leave. Not sure if it actually aired or not though. There were about a dozen people there at any given time, with 2 or 3 leaving, then 2 or 3 more arriving to take their place. I stayed until they did the raffle, which meant that everyone there got a prize. I picked out the rain cover for my helmet, useful today!
The ride in was mainly wet, and drivers were very careful driving past me, thankfully. Unfortunately I wasn’t as careful, and had to jump off my bike while riding too fast down an unfamiliar path through a park. Luckily, I wasn’t street riding at the time, and I tried to be more careful on the roads.
The forecast called for the rain to taper off and from the looks of the radar, it’s already moved through the area. So hopefully the roads and paths will have the chance to dry up a little bit and make for a smoother commute back home.
Next week, I’ll probably be writing less about biking though. Last night, my back wheel popped right off while I was crossing a street and cranking down hard to get going. I have no idea how that happened (possibly because of the bike trailer attachment I had on the rear axle), but it emphasized that I need to get the bike in for a tuneup, including getting the wheels trued and gears tuned. Then again, I might just have a new bike by then, so we’ll see!