"Do you know if the issues with slipping have been addressed with this particular brand of carbon seatpost?"
"What experience do you have with the design?"
"Have you read the Velonews seatpost test article?"..."I've ordered this particular model and want to know if it's any good?"
After about a 5 minute conversation about the pros and cons of seatpost designs, and proper installation his curiosities were satiated.
Now my curiosities were raised; I went to the special order book to see who ordered this seatpost. That's odd? It's not in the special order book and no one has spoken to anyone about ordering such a post?
Could someone be douche-y enough to order a post online and call a LBS the Saturday before Christmas for reassurances of their interweb score?
The only thing I'd change is the gloves; the Gavia's just don't live up to their name. Hampsten definitely wouldn't approve. My hand was a little shaky writing down the address on my package when I got to the Post office . The PI Pro Soft Shell definitely would have been a better choice.
On the ride in
to work the other day, it occurred to me that between Pete and I, we have quite
a bit of knowledge of bicycle commuting.
I thought “Wouldn’t it be great to share this knowledge with our friends
and customers?” mentally patting myself on the back. As I proposed the idea to Jan she replied
“Oh, yeah, I saw you riding home the other night, and your taillight wasn’t
doing anything (woops!)”. Seems the
batteries were on their way out, and the light was quickly dimming after start
tenants of bicycle commuting are:
from point A to B in a timely fashion
not get dead!
Having a dying taillight potentially violates all three of
I changed my
batteries and decided I needed a better solution.
We just got
(more of) the better solution into the shop on Wednesday, the Nite Rider Solas.
A 2 watt, USB rechargeable taillight.
Ah, that’s 2
The best replaceable battery taillights are .5
difference is amazing. Testing it out
behind the shop, it illuminated a good 15 to 20 feet behind my bike. Not just
visible, but actually lighting up space.
A quick glance behind me on an unlit road revealed a reassuring bright glow
cast on the pavement.
rechargeable, I no longer have to worry about replacing the batteries before
they are a mere façade of safety. On the
standard 1st flash setting it has a 18 hour run time; on the
brighter 2nd flash setting 7 hours.
Once a week charging should give me a sufficient buffer zone to not have
to worry about it running low.
the Solas is the Nite Rider Lumina 650 headlight. Also a USB rechargeable light. It offers 4 light levels from walking to 650
lumens, as well as a flash setting.
When I first
got it, my ride home would start before it was dark, and I would progressively
toggle through the settings as it got darker.
Since the end of DST it goes right to high. At 650 lumens it is more than adequate for me
on even the darkest unlit roads and has a 1.5 hour run time (up to 18 hours on
the walk setting), which is more than enough time to get me home safely. I run it on my handlebar, but it also comes
with a helmet mount which Pete uses (I think he just doesn’t want to mess with
the aesthetics of his Pinarello).
So now I’m
safe, next we’ll talk about staying comfortable in the coming Winter months.
Yesterday was my birthday. I thought my long streak of having my birthday off was going to come to an end, but due to a bizzare twist of fate I found myself with the day free. I didn't mind if I had to work; I had the two adjacent days off and I really like my job an the people I work with.
Did I ride?
Well, I guess the streak was broken after all.
I did re-caulk the tub, cleared the drains, cleaned my shop and filled our dumpster so the lid wouldn't close.
But I digress...
Local trails. We all have them. I've written before about how after so many years I'm still not bored riding at the res. I look at it sort of like a puzzle. Half the fun is trying new ways to link the trails to keep them fresh.
Today was one of those days.
I didn't want to drive anywhere but I wanted to get in a decent ride. I could do a TdT, but the weather was not as promised, and I was a little short on time so staying local(er) was the way to go. I could do a Kitchen Sink, but with the construction there, parts might be blocked off.
Then I got the idea for a Super Sidewinder Loop. I'd get the mileage, time, elevation gain, and terrain I wanted without crossing RT44. By varying the order and direction of the trails things would stay interesting.