Another day down, today was a little out of the norm. Temperatures again in the mid 40s this morning, but today added a steady rain. Riding in the rain is fun for the most part, and today was no exception. The key to wet weather riding is having the proper clothing. I cannot express how much I love my Mountain Hardwear softshell jscket! That coat is the most amazing piece of clothing that I own. Through the steady rain, and cooler temperature, I was warm and toasty for the entire ride. As for the ride, not a bad distance for today. Just around 7 miles, which is not an amazing journey by any means, but squeezed in before I go to work? That is a great time. I have said it before, but riding before work is a great way to start off your day!
My Magicshine headlight came in today. This little light has me even more excited about my month of biking. Super bright, and smaller than I expected:
I found this light on eBay from the website BrightStoneSports.com and got it with free shipping and a free model upgrade! Talk about awesome service! This light will get the full write up in the next few days once I get some time on the bike with it.
Tomorrow is supposed to be rain free, so a Bikes, Beer, Birds beer ride is on the agenda for tomorrow night! Check the Facebook page for details!
Another cold morning out on the bike. This project might be a little harder than I thought, as I had absolutely zero motivation to leave my warm bed for the icy dark coldness that waited for me outside. After piling on the layers, I was out the door, and trying to find a comfortable cadence to warm my spirit. Just like with running, the first mile or so is the worst, but then the body starts to warm, and the ride is actually quite pleasant. Temperatures were in the low 30s this morning, which is warmer than yesterday, but not noticeable at all. Once you are below freezing, the temperature is just cold. I’m sure if someone from Alaska or even Wisconsin read that I would be called a pansy, but go easy on me.
Lights are essential for morning rides this time of year, and by the photo above, you can tell I am lacking in that department. The headlight is a small LED from Harbor Freight that cost around $7. Not too bad, it actually covers the entire trail with a dull glow. That matched with my headlamp, makes it a little easier to see on the bike path. But it is more of a “hey, I’m a bicycle!” style light, not a true headlight. So, yesterday, I ordered one of these:
The Magicshine 808, claimed at 900 lumen. This light gets great reviews, so I pulled the trigger and finally ordered one. I have been debating a “real” bicycle light for about a year now, and finally one is on it’s way to live on my On One Mary bars. This just might make this little experiment of mine go a little easier.
Always good to start your day with a bike ride and some bluegrass.