T.S. Eliot once said that April is the cruellest month. That may well be, but August is the saddest. The fact that for a week or two in late August we get the best biking weather of the year makes it melancholy. We remember that soon leaves will be off trees and there will be rain and snow and bike riding without bike supplies is impermissible and bike riding at all during these later months is only for the brave.
August is the saddest because it is the beginning of the end.
Now is time to start buying bike accessories for the winter. Because if your bike breaks down when you’re trying to ride it through a snow storm, you’ll be in trouble sure enough. Why, just the other day my back brake cable snapped! It was dangerous, and a good thing I was nearly home. Get your tune-ups taken care of now so you can ride through the snow if you’re brave enough. With an LED light you shouldn’t have to worry about biking through the dark; it’s really the cold you should be worried about. Because when that wind picks up you’re going to want to pick up the speed too, and with your heart rate monitors attached you won’t have to worry about overdoing it.