Things were looking rough around here, in terms of bicycles. My bike seat had cracked and ripped open. The pedals on my beater bike provided no traction for shoes in wet weather to grip. I threw my headlight into the weeds in a fit of frustration (stupid.) I lost my u-lock (and later found it.) I was feeling like a very second class (albeit probably quite average) bike citizen of the world.
After a trip to Klunk my Schwinn now features some upgrades to get me through the winter or 2012 or so I pray. New seat. New pedals. New light. And my same good attitude to riding in whatever the weather. On top of it all Animal Control came and (mostly) cleared the possum carcass from my main bike route to work.