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Back on the rollers : ..((14 posts)

Back on the rollers : ..(Scot_Gore
Sep 10, 2002 5:55 AM
I've been riding at dawn since spring. I had to give it today. Its just too dark. The suns coming up too late for me to get in a ride and get to work.

Thinking about lights as a way to extend the season, but I'm afraid of the dark.

I often feel safer in the dark.MB1
Sep 10, 2002 6:03 AM
With a good headlight, tail light, lots of reflectors and reflective clothing a cyclist can be extremely visiable in the dark.

Just have to watch out for other cyclists, runners, roller bladers and walkers who assume incorrectly that since they can see you, you can see them. Still riding in the dark is often very safe and enjoyable.

BTW how about posting a nice photo essay on the joys and sights of roller riding? ;-)
I often feel safer in the dark.Spinchick
Sep 10, 2002 9:01 AM
"BTW how about posting a nice photo essay on the joys and sights of roller riding?"

I was actually considering doing this since the only way I get to ride these days is on the rollers. Lovely garage, tree swing and hydrangea garden pics... Three days a week I nearly kill myself in my own driveway. Any road rash (driveway rash?) will be photo-documented for posterity.
Looking forward to it!MB1
Sep 10, 2002 10:32 AM
Glad to hear you are riding and getting some use out of the rollers.

Is the L'il Biker rolling too?
I am, but I'm seriously consideringSpinchick
Sep 10, 2002 11:33 AM
a front fork stabilizer (GASP!). I'm such a klutz.

She thinks I'm nuts for "pedaling without going anywhere."
It's too early to be on the rollers.bnlkid
Sep 10, 2002 6:07 AM
Scot - night riding in the fall is great. Invest in a nice light and you can have fun in the morning and late evenings. The cool crisp air is perfect for riding. I have a nite rider light I use when it gets too dark in the evening. It's like riding with a motorcycle light.(up to 32 watts). Winter is long enought, don't prolong it by starting on the rollers already. :)
re: Back on the rollers : ..(noveread
Sep 10, 2002 7:06 AM
Being one state over from you, I can relate to your situation. But since my "season" is coming to an end, rather than riding before going to work like I normally do on Tuesdays, today I rode to work! It's almost a 50 mile round-trip so I can get some decent miles in and being the end of the year, I really am not doing anymore interval stuff.

Once the Thursday group ride ends ina few more weeks, I'll ride to work on Tuesdays and Thursdays and then do a longer weekend ride on either Saturday or Sunday. Just those three days will give me 150+miles for the week. Throw in a couple of evening rides with the family and then on the trainer once all the light is gone and I'll be getting decent miles, though no structured training.

Not sure ho long I'll last into the Winter though. Brrr... Anythoughts on cold weather commuting? Only drawback of Wisconsin!

I figure that I won't need my lights on the bike for the commute for another 3 weeks maybe.

Some thoughts on winter commutingdzrider
Sep 10, 2002 7:34 AM
Army surplus wool/polypropeline sox, neoprene booties
Windstopper gloves big enough to wear over wool glove liners
Balaclava or two
Water proof, not water resistant, jacket.
A light on your helmet as well as your bike.

Define your acceptable conditions for riding and stick to them. I won't ride if there is snow on the roads or snow banks that narrow the roads. When I stay home in those conditions I feel fine about it, not like I've bailed out.
Here's my dealScot_Gore
Sep 10, 2002 8:18 AM
My summer routine has been to take off at dawn and get in 20 miles. I started with a new years resoltion of riding everyday and have done a pretty good job of sticking to it.

I have responsibility for getting my daughter up, dressed, feed and to school. That's 7:00-8:00am, no compromise routine. You may understand how it is with small kids, get them use to a routine, stick to it, everybodys happy.

Up until last week I'd been taking off at dawn and biking as far as possible before turning home to arrive at about 7:00am for the daughter duty. Last week I was getting about 5 mile rides and decided to get back on the rollers.

I think bnlkid is right. I should get good lights and start at 5:30 like i did all summer. Overcome my fear of the dark and ride.

Next obstacle - frostbite.

Ah kids, I can relate...noveread
Sep 10, 2002 8:29 AM
I have a son that just turned 2. My wife and I split the morning responsibilities. She takes care of him in the morning the days I ride, and I do the days I don't ride. Works well in our situation.

I rode a few times in the dark this spring b4 the long days of summer arrived. It was coooold! My biggest problem is my feet. And I have neoprene booties!

Can you ride at lunch?shawndoggy
Sep 10, 2002 9:05 AM
That's what I do. For an hour ride it takes me about 1:40 to change, get to the car to put the bike together, ride for an hour, come back and shower, change back into work clothes and get back to my desk. More onerous than the early morning rides, yes, and I'm an early morning rider too. But it keeps you on your bike and in the middle of the day too, which can really extend the "comfort" season. As for the long lunch issue, I haven't quit getting up at 5 -- now I just do a little bit of work early in the morning at home before the rest of the family is awake, to make sure I get my daily hours in.

'Course the plan above is contingent on being able to clean yourself back up at work, and having the flexibility to take a slightly long lunch.
Can you ride at lunch?GMS
Sep 10, 2002 9:13 AM
"For an hour ride it takes me about 1:40 to change, get to the car to put the bike together, ride for an hour, come back and shower, change back into work clothes and get back to my desk."

... What about the eating part of lunch? Before or after riding?
Can you ride at lunch?shawndoggy
Sep 10, 2002 11:18 AM
picky picky! You need to eat and ride? =P

I bring my lunch and just kinda snack all day long in little 5 minute intervals (nuts at 10, fruit at 11:30, "entree" (generally leftovers) at 1:30, candy bar or power bar at 3)
Do sometimesScot_Gore
Sep 10, 2002 1:42 PM
I'll ride at work every now and then, but mostly only when I set a ride up with co-workers. Like GMS, I'm somewhat attached to eating lunch during lunch.

I dislike the double hit on shower and grome time required of lunchtime riding (somewhat silly, I know) . Seems like such a waste of time to get pretty for work twice a day.

My job is flexible, which is a two edged sword, it's both demanding and forgiving depending on circumstances.

Thanks for the ideas