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    • Well yesterday, Tuesday 3/9, was my first day back on the bicycle for 2021.
      When I left the house the temp was in the low 40s and a gentle head wind.
      I could feel that I hadn't ridden in months and took it nice and easy. A tad over an hour to do the 10 miles.
      Coming home was quite another experience, the wind had picked up and turned around so it was in my face, making riding harder.
      Also, being dark out makes it harder as I have to make sure to be visible, but not too visible, if you know what I mean.
      I ride with 3 rear, red, lights, one on steady and 2 blinking, at different rates. I also have a rear red reflector, and red reflective tap on the rear fender. Then in the front I have to white lights. One stays on steady and the other flashes and both are plenty bright.
      Then my jacket is bright yellow with silver reflective stripes and I have yellow reflective bands around my ankles that appear to go up and down as I pedal. I had one driver last year tell me I look like a traveling light show.
      By the time I got home my legs were plenty tired. I'm on my feet all day at work and then the ride ends the day.
      Last night I had quite painful leg cramps during the night. They happened so often that I was awake more than asleep last night. That's despite drinking plenty of water with electrolytes added. So the season has begun and I hope to get in plenty more days of bicycle commuting.
    • LIhikers wrote:

      Well yesterday, Tuesday 3/9, was my first day back on the bicycle for 2021.
      When I left the house the temp was in the low 40s and a gentle head wind.
      I could feel that I hadn't ridden in months and took it nice and easy. A tad over an hour to do the 10 miles.
      Coming home was quite another experience, the wind had picked up and turned around so it was in my face, making riding harder.
      Also, being dark out makes it harder as I have to make sure to be visible, but not too visible, if you know what I mean.
      I ride with 3 rear, red, lights, one on steady and 2 blinking, at different rates. I also have a rear red reflector, and red reflective tap on the rear fender. Then in the front I have to white lights. One stays on steady and the other flashes and both are plenty bright.
      Then my jacket is bright yellow with silver reflective stripes and I have yellow reflective bands around my ankles that appear to go up and down as I pedal. I had one driver last year tell me I look like a traveling light show.
      By the time I got home my legs were plenty tired. I'm on my feet all day at work and then the ride ends the day.
      Last night I had quite painful leg cramps during the night. They happened so often that I was awake more than asleep last night. That's despite drinking plenty of water with electrolytes added. So the season has begun and I hope to get in plenty more days of bicycle commuting.
      You have the rough start behind you now, should be relatively downhill from here. :thumbup:
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Astro wrote:

      LIhikers wrote:

      Well yesterday, Tuesday 3/9, was my first day back on the bicycle for 2021.
      When I left the house the temp was in the low 40s and a gentle head wind.
      I could feel that I hadn't ridden in months and took it nice and easy. A tad over an hour to do the 10 miles.
      Coming home was quite another experience, the wind had picked up and turned around so it was in my face, making riding harder.
      Also, being dark out makes it harder as I have to make sure to be visible, but not too visible, if you know what I mean.
      I ride with 3 rear, red, lights, one on steady and 2 blinking, at different rates. I also have a rear red reflector, and red reflective tap on the rear fender. Then in the front I have to white lights. One stays on steady and the other flashes and both are plenty bright.
      Then my jacket is bright yellow with silver reflective stripes and I have yellow reflective bands around my ankles that appear to go up and down as I pedal. I had one driver last year tell me I look like a traveling light show.
      By the time I got home my legs were plenty tired. I'm on my feet all day at work and then the ride ends the day.
      Last night I had quite painful leg cramps during the night. They happened so often that I was awake more than asleep last night. That's despite drinking plenty of water with electrolytes added. So the season has begun and I hope to get in plenty more days of bicycle commuting.
      You have the rough start behind you now, should be relatively downhill from here. :thumbup:
      It's only down hill in one direction. The airport is at 87 feet above sea level and our home is at 125 above sea level. 40 feet over 10 miles isn't much of a hill, but believe it or not, it's noticable, just barely.
    • Living in Florida, I don't have to worry about hills too much, except for all the bridges, which there are many; however, I've ridden in the mountains so much that they don't bother me -- it's funny how many I see walking their bikes up them :D

      Living near the ocean, it's the wind that gets me and it's always a headwind (at least 98% of the time). That's because crosswinds are a headwind for all practical purposes, until they reach sufficient strength (for me some where above 20-mph wind), at which point they turn into a true Crosswind, that can be very dangerous, especially when associated with sudden strong gusts.

      I can't tell you how many times I've seen a headwind blowing right in my face, then I turn around (change course) and the wind also shifts and gives me at least a crosswind, if not a new headwind. It's crazy and makes me think there really is something to Murphy's Law. :cursing:

      The only time I know I can trust the wind will not change direction is when it's associated with a strong Front, especially a cold front.
    • Yep, winds can make things very difficult.
      I had one day last year (I think it was last year) that during the day the wind picked up to around 40 mph.
      So after a day at work I had to deal with that riding home. I usually take a road that's 6 and then 4 lanes wide and the wind was howling down that open expanse. So I had the idea to get onto smaller, residential roads where the trees and houses would block the wind some. No luck, it was just as much a factor on those roads as on the wider one. Needless to say it took me a long time to get home that night. Oh, and of course it was a head wind.
    • After all the garden work I did yesterday, I'm taking a bike ride today to recuperate. Took a look at the weather report and noticed the winds are suppose to be from the south all day, so I'm going to ride south and have a headwind all the way down towards St. Augustine. However, if the wind doesn't change too much, that means I'll have a tailwind on the way back...Going to test tempt fate with the Murphy's Law thing....again :thumbsup:
    • Kathy and I got out for a recreational ride today. It was about 25 miles in a wind that was 20 to 25 mph out of the northwest . At least we did the smart thing and rode into the wind in the outbound direction. I enjoyed it but was feeling fat and slow. Oh wait, maybe that's because I gained 20 pounds over the winter :(
    • LIhikers wrote:

      Kathy and I got out for a recreational ride today. It was about 25 miles in a wind that was 20 to 25 mph out of the northwest . At least we did the smart thing and rode into the wind in the outbound direction. I enjoyed it but was feeling fat and slow. Oh wait, maybe that's because I gained 20 pounds over the winter :(
      Man, that must have been cold yesterday.
      “Of all sad words of tongue or pen,
      the saddest are these, 'It might have been.”


      John Greenleaf Whittier
    • IMScotty wrote:

      LIhikers wrote:

      Kathy and I got out for a recreational ride today. It was about 25 miles in a wind that was 20 to 25 mph out of the northwest . At least we did the smart thing and rode into the wind in the outbound direction. I enjoyed it but was feeling fat and slow. Oh wait, maybe that's because I gained 20 pounds over the winter :(
      Man, that must have been cold yesterday.
      Not too bad as there were plenty of hills to get warm cycling up them.
    • Gravel riding this evening was awesome! It was quiet and peaceful...no other cyclists. Evening is a great time to be outside, the animals are active and temps are pleasant. I saw a turkey and an owl flew right in front of me and landed in a tree, the first owl I’ve seen in a long time.
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    • I haven't ridden my bicycle to work for about 2 weeks now.
      Between weather and me needing to get home quick after work I haven't been rising.
      Tomorrow looks like a good day and so I've got my work clothes packed, tires pumped up, and I'll give it a go in the morning.
      The forecast only calls for temperatures in the 70s in the morning so that's a plus for this time of year.