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Old 12-22-05, 11:16 PM   #1
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today's geeky moment

I'm sure some of you can relate to this. On my way home today I decided to stop off to pick up a gift downtown. There was a nice break in the rain, and the trip was actually quite pleasant. Even better, the store wasn't mobbed. I locked up my bike and ducked in. I made it to the register in probably 5 minutes.

Just as I'm getting my change, the sky opened up and began dumping buckets of rain. I began strolling to the door figuring I was already in for it so there was no sense in hurrying. Just as I got there I realized there was nothing covering my Brooks saddle , and immediately after I had this realization a huge parade of people appeared at the door and decided to bully their way past me into the store. It was something out of a bad movie. Just at the tail end of their procession, one more joker tried to push by me. I gave him the most evil look i could, flung the door open, dashed over and started swabbing off the saddle like mad. I must have looked like a total nut case. As it turned out, the saddle was about the only thing dry by the time I got home.
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Old 12-23-05, 12:14 AM   #2
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i think you're automatically disqualified from 'geeky' if you have a brooks saddle. don't they confer instant, bulletproof cool?
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Old 12-23-05, 01:43 PM   #3
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i think you're automatically disqualified from 'geeky' if you have a brooks saddle. don't they confer instant, bulletproof cool?
Apparently not
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Old 12-23-05, 02:28 PM   #4
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My wife went on a ride recently and came back soaked. I told her (again) she needs rain gear, and boasted about how prepared I always am with my gear. Two days ago I left work under a dry sky with all my rain gear packed away in my panniers. It began to drizzle as I hit the road... no big deal. Then it began to drizzle harder. I thought about stopping to put on my rain gear, but then thought I was just going to put dry clothes over my damp ones, and what's the point of that? So I kept going. The drizzle turned into a downpour and by the time I got home I was soaked to the bone. I got home a minute ahead of her, and she walked in as a puddle was forming at my feet and I was unpacking my perfectly dry rain gear. I said "Don't say it." She said "I won't."
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My wife went on a ride recently and came back soaked. I told her (again) she needs rain gear, and boasted about how prepared I always am with my gear. Two days ago I left work under a dry sky with all my rain gear packed away in my panniers. It began to drizzle as I hit the road... no big deal. Then it began to drizzle harder. I thought about stopping to put on my rain gear, but then thought I was just going to put dry clothes over my damp ones, and what's the point of that? So I kept going. The drizzle turned into a downpour and by the time I got home I was soaked to the bone. I got home a minute ahead of her, and she walked in as a puddle was forming at my feet and I was unpacking my perfectly dry rain gear. I said "Don't say it." She said "I won't."
That's a great story. I was in the same boat yesterday. I wore my Gore Tex tights in the morning but didn't feel like changing back into them to go home. My commute is pretty short and I knew I was going to do some shopping on the way home, so I didn't want to geek out too much. Stupid me. I was wearing jeans!

I guess we'll never learn
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Old 12-23-05, 03:10 PM   #6
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I was wearing jeans!
Riding in wet jeans! Augh! It just doesn't get much more uncomfortable than that. Here's to being dumbasses!
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Old 12-23-05, 07:29 PM   #7
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I said "Don't say it." She said "I won't."
She's definitely a keeper.
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awww, don't look at it like that. look at it like this: you have Special Talents.
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...I realized there was nothing covering my Brooks saddle ...
A saddle that can't/shouldn't get wet, on a commuter bike where's the sense in that?
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A saddle that can't/shouldn't get wet, on a commuter bike where's the sense in that?
As long as my butt or a plastic bag is covering it it's fine. I have full coverage fenders on this bike, so it actually stays pretty dry. I figured I might as well break it in on a bike I ride every day.
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Whoever develops the worlds most comfortable seat that is waterproof, molds to your buttocks on the first ride, easy to take care of, cost effective, and light will make millions. Millions I tell you!
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Whoever develops the worlds most comfortable seat that is waterproof, molds to your buttocks on the first ride, easy to take care of, cost effective, and light will make millions. Millions I tell you!
Hehe. Yeah. As long as it still looks really uncomfortable so the roadies will be happy.
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I live in Seattle, have Brooks on all my bikes, and never cover them up for errands, even if its raining buckets. I only cover them if I'll be inside ALL DAY, or overnight if it's raining on tour. Actually, sometimes I leave my gloves over my seat, or helmet, as a way to keep some of the rain off, but don't hardly worry about it anymore.

I've been doping my saddles with Obenauf's and beeswax 'mulsified in for the rainy season- works great!

When I pass, or somehow wind up in a paceline group with roadies on my bikes, i think they covet the Brooks....
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My brooks gets wet when it rains. No big deal.
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+1 on the Obenauf's. I probably don't need to, but I also cover my Brooks with a Carradice saddle cover when I know it's going to be a wet day.
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