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Fri 30 Jan 2004

Cycling in the rain

Category : cycling

I rode to Changi for a meeting yesterday morning and then back to NUS; a west-east-west ride along the southern coastline. I had a meeting about the placement of Changi tree sculptures at Changi Village, and other stuff, so used the opportunity to clock some miles. I thought I could escape what I had hoped was yet another localised rain cloud, but the entire east and west coast experienced an unrelenting rain.

The return journey was made though a heavy downpour. The route through East Coast Park was such a mental relief from the concentration required on the road. Most of the park was prettily littered with brown and red leaves and it looked like artwork! I embedded the scene in my head since no camera was handy.

Riding through puddles is always fun and I encountered the mother of all puddles, a flooded bike trail just before East Coast Park's Area A. My feet were completely submerged at each downstroke! That went on for at least 100m while I hoped I escaped a rut that could toss me sideways into the pool.

To ride in the rain, I put on my very lightly tinted sunglasses to act as goggles. That keeps my eyes open. Three bright red lights were flashing behind me, on my helmet and bike. Two blinking white lights out front, and reflector strips on my ankles. My jerseys were bright yellow and deep orange to be visible. And the rear-view mirror is used constantly, preparing for a defense against an unthinkable surprise from traffic. Al mygear, bike repair kit, first aid, energy bar, handphone and wallet was packed into my camel pack waist pouch and waterproofed.

I just wish I had applied the GT85 water displacement spray on the non-moving metal parts of the bike. It would help protect the bike's body from rust as the paint job is no longer continuous due to scratches and chips. And I must lay hands on some of that car windscreen solution to keep my rear-view mirror clear. A surprising number of cars did not have their headlights on and it required fierce concentration to spot them in my water-splattered mirror!

The trip back west is a much easier ride, with more downhills on seemingly flat roads. And my fitness is gradually recovering, as the total distance was 78.5km/h and I averaged 23-24km/h. Was back in NUS for a wipe down by about 2pm and a change into dry clothes. Just hope I don't fall ill - we ride on Sunday!

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