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What makes a great rain ride, and why you’d want one

Only one other rider out on the road this morning; the man in black! Think you can see why I'm not a huge fan of wearing all-black clothing on a bike.
Only one other rider out on the road this morning; the man in black! Think you can see why I’m not a huge fan of wearing all-black clothing on a bike.
How many people go to bed hoping to wake up to really hard rain for their bike ride? Not many I’m guessing. Most see it as a good excuse to ride a trainer, or maybe go out later in the afternoon when the forecast shows a break in the weather. But my son and I? We live for such crazy days. Days when there’s almost nobody out on the road, at least nobody that doesn’t have a really good reason to be there. Days when it’s not about riding fast, it’s about simply riding. Period. Riding because you can. Riding because your bike is an extension of yourself, and life is about pushing back against walls right? Limitations are things that others can’t do, but you’re not others.

And maybe that’s it. It’s about finding something that you can excel at. The easiest thing is to pick up a copy of OSQ (Obscure Sports Quarterly) and look for a sport where you might be a big fish in a small pond. Never mind the reality; that perhaps you become a bit player in a sport nobody cares about. But cycling is no longer a section in OSQ; cycling has arrived. It’s big, and getting bigger. So how do you make your mark in cycling? How do you push limits further than others? How do you make your name?

By doing things so stupid that others wouldn’t bother to try. It doesn’t start out that way; cycling is a significant part of your life, and you simply want to do more of it. Why let weather stand in your way? You go out on rides when the weather’s iffy, and sometimes get caught in the rain, making a mess of your bike and leaving you with a feeling that it just wasn’t that much fun out there. Maybe should have stayed home. Exactly the wrong way to look at life! You’ve identified a challenge. Should you run away from it? Heck no. Embrace it! Tell the dark clouds overhead to bring it on, ‘cuz you’re ready for it.

That’s about the best description I’ve come up so far for the state of mind that finds me out there in what most would consider to be miserable conditions. Preparation is key; you need a bike that’s reliable in messy conditions (and trust me, disc brakes make a HUGE difference, not just in stopping power but also control & traction), and the right apparel. You give up on trying to keep your legs dry; the key is to keep the engine running at a consistent speed. Don’t go too fast and risk running out of gas and getting cold, nor so slow that you don’t generate enough heat to stay warm. There’s a certain amount of skill in doing that. I’d say it’s safe to say Kevin and I have that skill.

But today wasn’t quite perfect. Sure, it was raining pretty hard a few times, and a good breeze blowing on Skyline. But it eased off just a bit towards the end, and a few hours later, stopped raining altogether. A perfect rain ride finishes hard (as in downpour), and it stays raining throughout the day, so you’re deluged with people saying “You rode TODAY???!!!” That would make it the perfect ride. :-) –Mike–

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Apple support borders on ridiculous for password issue

Got an iPad we use for things like Zwift Island with the Wahoo Kickr indoor trainers we sell. Pretty amazing simulations you can do these days! Unfortunately, something got screwed up such that we got locked out of the user account on that particular iPad, and password recovery options implied they had worked, sending a reset email to the “rescue” email address… but nothing was ever received.

So here’s where it gets interesting. You talk with Apple support over the phone, and learn that the missing rescue email didn’t come through because you likely didn’t respond to a verification email at the time the account was set up. I did eventually find that request (a bit over a year ago), and of course, the verification link no longer works.

But obviously the person over the phone can get things taken care of, right? Well, not unless you remember the answers to your security questions. Two out of three of them. “What street did you grow up on”, “Where was your first plane flight” and “What’s your dream job?” It’s not multiple-choice; you have to remember the exact way you would have addressed each question. Oh, and it’s case-sensitive.

“What street did you grow up on”- Well, did I answer using the street I was born, the street I lived the longest, or what? Did I include “Street, Drive, Way” or whatever after the street? Did I use all small or capitalize first letter or all? Did I abbreviate Street (St?), Drive (Dr?) and/or put a period after each? The permutations are far more than you’d first think!

“Where was your first plane flight?” Again, sounds simple. Or not. My first plane flight was from San Francisco to Los Angeles, to meet my dad to see a 49er game. How would I have answered? My first thought- the destination. Los Angeles. Nope. Southern California. Nope. San Francisco to Los Angeles. Nope. To a 49er game. Nope. Abbreviations of the above. Again, endless possibilities, ALL of which answer the question!!!

Dream Job. Hey, that should be easy! Bike shop. Nope. Bike Shop Owner. Nope. Bicycle Retail. No. And on and on and on.

Trouble is, even the phone person gets locked out after a certain number of attempts!

Result? I have a bricked iPad. I cannot sign out of it, I cannot sign into it. Every 8 hours I can try again, a very limited number of tries before I’m locked out for another 8 hours! The phone rep can’t even configure the account to allow more retry attempts.

I get the need for security, but when you set up the account, Apple did not emphasize the importance of short, repeatable answers. In essence, each answer becomes an actual case-sensitive password string!

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