We’re into some of the shortest days of the year right now, and that means commuting home in the dark. Last week I had a close call with an oncoming vehicle turning into me. My little safety light just wasn’t cutting it at the speed I was taking into the corner on my road bike. In addition to the visibility to others problem, I couldn’t see the road very well either. I just had to have faith in my memory of the road that there were no potholes on the route home. It was time for a night time illumination solution.
As it turns out, I already had the solution at home, but hadn’t had time to open the box and read the directions. My friend Jeff F up in Reno hooked me up with some Nite Rider lights! Had I known how easy they were to mount and charge, I would’ve used them much sooner. Even on the lowest setting, I can ride at full speed with high confidence. I don’t use the full bright setting that often, because I feel it might be too bright for oncoming traffic! I’m looking forward to trying the lights off road. A big thank you to Jeff F! You’ve probably saved my life!
We’ve been living in Carson City for just over a month now, and I’ve commuted to work by bicycle for most of those days. Enough time has passed now that it just seems routine. There are some days when I get tired, and I grow weary of changing into my riding clothes so many times per day. I’m quickly snapped out of these feelings though when I think of the alternatives. Trips to the gas station, scraping the frost of the windows, letting the car warm up, finding parking, trips out to the car to get something I forgot… Any time I spend doing extra preparation for cycling pales in comparison to the time wasted preparing the car!