I didn't ride today. It rained heavily this morning. My unwritten personal policy is that I don't start a ride in the rain unless I absolutely must; however, if there appears to be some risk or rain, I'll ride and accept the consequences.
Besides, having done my ride to the Delaware Water Gap on Sunday and about 35 miles on my fixed-gear yesterday, I feel as if I've done some quality cycling. So, today, I took care of some business, which included getting a manicure and pedicure. My nails were hideous! Then I met with some members of the advisory committee of SAGE. I might be working with them, as a volunteer, in the fall.
Perhaps I'm not noticing them, but there didn't seem to be as many of the "hipster fixies" on the streets of lower Manhattan as I'd been seeing in recent years. Now, I'm always glad to see people riding bikes, whatever those bikes are. Still, I hope that some riders will get onto bikes that are prettier or more useful than what they're riding.
Every once in a while, I'll get into a conversation with a hipster who tries to convince me that my bike will look "cooler" or "nicer" if I install a pair of wheels with Day-Glo-colored V-shaped rim and other parts and accessories in various eye-burning hues. While both of my Mercians are finished with paint that turns purple, green or silver--depending on how the light hits it or how you look at it, though it's purple more often than not--it's actually rather elegant and understated in a similar way to the "fade" paint jobs (something I normally abhor) on the old Swiss Mondia bicycles. And I prefer to stick with classic and classy parts in silver or black,and to have a touch of additional color in an accessory like a bag or handlebar wrap.
Maybe I'm just getting old and conservative. Then again, I've never wanted a tatoo, not even when I was hanging out with punk rockers back in the day. I guess I never was a hipster or one of its predecessors. Somehow I don't think I missed much.
Anyway...Tomorrow I'm going to ride. I don't know what, how or where, but I plan on it.