Well, I easily made my goal of riding the bike to work, all through August. July and August days, combined, add up to 24 consecutive ride-to-work days. I even rode around to do some errands, today, since I was off work but didn't want to break my streak of workaday riding.
It really wasn't too hard to get back into the groove of the everyday bike commute, but I would never have done it without setting that short-term goal of riding every work day, this month. It's funny how my mind works, sometimes.
I rode the Handsome XOXO on every one of those days, with the exception of this past Monday, when I rode the Salsa Mukluk. The Handsome works great as a commuter, particularly now that I have replaced the problematic rear derailleur with a new Shimano LX. I did manage to finally get a flat on the front wheel, when I picked up a thorn which wiggled around and made a hole that wouldn't seal up in the Foss tube. I patched it with one of the Foss adhesive patches, and it has not given me any problems, since. The Foss tubes are expensive, but they have been a lot less flat-prone than anything else (Slime, Stan's, Mr. Tuffy, thorn-resistant tubes) that I have used to commute.
The mornings are growing cooler (even on 90+ degree days), and I am getting to work before the sun gets over the horizon, so I can definitely feel Autumn coming on. It won't be long 'til Summer's gone...
Time marches on...