dog days of summer, but that would be an understatement. Vermont's heatwave is tropical in nature, with high humidity and abundant thunderstorms—for weeks on end. It's most uncomfortable and has warped my bicycle brain.
I'm in survival mode fugue. I'm eschewing my favorite bike sandals for flip flops, avoiding toe clips altogether—I can't be bothered to flick the pedal. I wear as little clothing as propriety allows. I keep riding to a minimum.
With renewed interest in the Peugeot, but lacking energy to tackle anything just yet, I ordered tires and a few other items in air conditioned comfort. Clicking and browsing, I stumbled onto Grant Peterson's take on bike specific footwear. (More power to you if you understand his mumbo jumbo on efficiency.) However, his general thoughts on simplicity make sense to me: get on bike, ride in normal clothing. Basically, Just Ride. With these thoughts in mind, I've decided to forego toe clips on the Peugeot's revival—a first for me. It will be a simple utility bicycle, one with a front rack, wire basket, upright bars and—since the Ross will find a new home—this rendition will neither replicate the Trek mountain bike or the Miyata tourer.
It's all clear now, even in this sultry weather.