Originally Posted by slowjoe66
Keep backup lighting at hand.
I use two blinkies on the back in case one peters out; and I keep a LED flashlight with velcro on it with me so that if my headlight peters out, I can stick the flashlight on the helmet and at least get by somewhat safely.
Also, someone else said it, but I've always lived by the rule that if you are a bit chilly when you start your am ride (just a bit), you are probably pretty close to being dressed well. You will warm up. If you are toasty before you start, you are overdressed and you will get too warm.
- Lighting redundancy is key
- Multiple light sources front and rear will keep the waranty on your 3rd dimension valid
- Don't depend on one battery to run everything.
- A helmet mounted light is generally more useful than a bar mounted one. When in doubt, get two or more.
-Be seen lights are a waste of time, money and, possibly, your life. If you can see where you are going, people can see you. Go as bright as possible in all situations.
-Urban situations call for more light not less. You are competing with all of the other light sources...don't tie one hand behind your back.
-Know when the sun comes up and goes down. The US Navy
has convienently calculated this for every place on the planet.
-Start cold. End warm.
-Several light layers are superior to one heavy one.
-Hands, feet and ears get cold fast. And each person is different. Find which one bothers you first and cover it.
-The latest helmet with the most vents makes a crappy winter helmet. Plug the holes or get a cheap helmet with fewer of them.
-Bib tights are warmer than waisted tights.
-If it works for Cross Country skiing, it'll work for bicycling.
-Drink water. Winter is as drying as summer.
-Water bottles freeze. Camelbaks don't (get an insulator tube for them).
-Flats suck in the cold and dark.
-Suspension is great for riding on ice and snow...if it doesn't freeze up.
-Salts (in the chemical meaning) are the bane of any bicycle. Wash it off on a regular basis.