So I said I would ride in the face of the weather today - when I wrote on here. Flippin' 'eck the wind was blasting against me as I toiled to Richmond Park for a 'quick' spin of defiance. (hur hur...) Drizzle and wind were my companions but I didn't care. I did a circuit 'clockwise' and realised that not a soul was being that stupid...and then another 'anti-clock', when I was able to apply the fixed grin of cyclechatlove to all those struggling in the opposite direction. I was wearing my CycleChat jersey and I guess there was an aura about me - a bit like the Ready Brek advert... By this time, my back wheel had assumed the shape of a mildly formed Pringle () and I decided to roll back home - glancing down and back at regular intervals, hoping I could 'do a Paul McKenna' and hypnotise the wheel back into shape. I'm rubbish at hypnosis (added to a long list) but the rain had temporarily ceased as I passed the junction which is Twickenham Town Centre one way, Twickenham Stadium the other, and The Stoop (home of Harlequins RFC and RL) straight on. Well. Suddenly there was a beep, then another - the sound of revving motor and an appearance of a silver car alongside me. The passenger window was down and a woman was screaming blasphemies at me! She was going mad - for no reason (to do with me). I bade her good day and, as loudly as I could shout, I told her to go away in short sharp jerky movements (this could have been a problem in itself as she looked like an airbag in a cardigan with hairy rats atop). Coincidentally, there was a group of Castleford rugby league supporters within earshot to my left, making their way to the rugby league match and I managed to 'catch their attention' so I waved and said 'not you lot' etc etc... (The woman is probably laying into Stavros at the kebab shop as I write - nasty, plump piece of human.) I even took my camera to get an ice cream van photo, but even the opportunists around RP had called it a day...never mind. So. Bang on 46km. A nice cup of tea and a bit of food and all's well (apart from my rear wheel) Ksyrium. How much to fix it - anyone know? Never happened to me before.