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Commuting to the Shop

Thick fog on the way in this morning. I’ve been commuting 3 or 4 times a week for the last 3 weeks. 11 miles each way. 22 miles a day. This is the first day that the weather has been….well,… not perfect. These special conditions call for some planing as to lighting and clothing choices. The lights that you use must be bright! I mean really bright. I want to be seen a long way off. I have been using, and recommend, the “Hotshot” tail light . Super bright and rechargeable via a USB port. It’s the cat’s meow. I use the matching Cygolite 300 lumen Headlight, lots of flashing patterns and strong white light, also rechargeable. This light is so bright that people tell me that they thought that I was a motorcycle on the trail.
Clothing is the next problem to solve. Today it was a damp coolness that I had to contend with on this ride. I chose to wear a standard short sleeve jersey with a poly pro pullover jacket. Bibshorts,legwarmers and wool socks compleat the ensemble. It worked fine…I was just a bit damp when I got to the shop. This is a great time of year to breakout those light weight sweaters too, they work great on the bike.
Be careful on the bridges, if you are on the trails. The damp decks can be very slippery. But most of all keep an eye on traffic. It is very easy to get lost in the fog.

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