Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: New Orleans, LA USA
Bikes: Surly LHT
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Originally Posted by dynaryder
Was that a fan on the other guy's handlebar?
It is actually a battery charger. It charges an internal battery and/or his iPhone as he rides. We tend to do some long rides and he runs a GPS tracking program that eats his batteries. I don't even take an iPhone along (redundant to his) but carry one or two external batteries for the video camera. In a pinch he can charge his phone 2 or 3 times from one of my spares. I must admit, the turbine is a cool idea except I wish it had one more function.....a FAN. Use the internal battery to push the blades and cool us off!
Forget 100+. No likey dehydration and skin cancer.
We drove a little over an hour to get there. On the bikes for about 7:30 AM. It starts getting noticeably warmer by 9AM. By 11AM you better be getting close to the car. 11AM to 4PM would be a real survival mission.
If you noticed I have long sleeves and full fingered gloves. Sunscreen on all the rest. Full visor on the helmet. I also have a Tilley sun hat in my panniers if it gets real
stupid. The little blue cooler on my front rack had three water bottles frozen solid with a chemical freeze pack from Heavenly Ham (they ship hams all over and their cold packs are hands-down the best on earth). The cooler is made by Seattle Sports and has incredible R-value. My two frame bottles have full neoprene covers and keep ice and water cold/cool for two hours. When one bottle is finished I start defrosting one from the cooler that will still be SOLID ICE after five hours. I can have ice water available for 8 hours WITH ice cubes! I drink a little more than one bottle an hour. I had extra for my bud. The area we biked was ground zero for Hurricane Katrina. Like an atomic bomb for nearly one mile inland in 2005. Still no certainty getting dependable water supply (early AM before the few new restaurants open for lunch) other than homeowner's water hoses. Good way to get a gun pointed at me in Mississippi.
Last edited by JoeyBike; 08-08-13 at 08:21 PM.