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Old 11-27-07, 11:23 AM
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Got a new bike and can't get time to ride. And I am upset about it. Leave for work dark get home 45 min before dark. Don't have the money for a health club. I feel like I am looseing everthing Igained over the summer. Work Work Work don't get me wrong I love what I do just need some time to ride. What can I do?
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Old 11-27-07, 11:34 AM
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Ride your bike to work?
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Old 11-27-07, 11:41 AM
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I don't have lights. I am broke from buying the new bike. And it is through 3 school zones.UP HILL BOTH WAYS. Now I am whinning! See Historian we all do it sometimes.
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Do the best you can to stay in shape. walk (you can do that in the dark without straying too far from home. Use a trainer untill you go crazy. Stretch and exercise indoors at home. Look forward to spring and try not to get too depressed. Build a bike..................
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Old 11-27-07, 12:40 PM
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Welcome to the club. Fall came, and with it: less day light hours, more chores that had to be done on the week ends, week ends that where cut in half by the weekly Marching Band competitions, most are 1/2 to 3 hours away(my son is in the band, I enjoy it, but it takes away the 'me' time), all the other usual stuff that needs to be done with the house family. I stripped my MTB frame hoping to get it painted before it got to cold, looks like spring before that happens. Don't like to ride at night, never did. The gym is boring, and costly. etc, this weekend I'm determined to ride for the first time since september.
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Old 11-27-07, 12:44 PM
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Old 11-27-07, 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by leob1 View Post
Welcome to the club. Fall came, and with it: less day light hours, more chores that had to be done on the week ends, week ends that where cut in half by the weekly Marching Band competitions, most are 1/2 to 3 hours away(my son is in the band, I enjoy it, but it takes away the 'me' time), all the other usual stuff that needs to be done with the house family. I stripped my MTB frame hoping to get it painted before it got to cold, looks like spring before that happens. Don't like to ride at night, never did. The gym is boring, and costly. etc, this weekend I'm determined to ride for the first time since september.
I feel better already.
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Old 11-27-07, 02:29 PM
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You can afford 40 bucks right? Get a 3 watt LED mini mag light and two small hose clamps and mount it to your handlebars. Under $30 start to finish. Go to Wal-mart and buy a Bell rear blinkie, under ten bucks. Under $40 all in for front and rear. Both are amazingly bright. They are not sold at the bike shop, so they are not cool, but now you have lights that are plenty for riding on the roads or bike trails. Use your change to buy some reflective tape and stick it on your helmet in a few places and you will be even more visible. Then you can stop whining and go ride your bike instead.

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Old 11-27-07, 02:41 PM
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Keep your bike at work and ride during lunch. Priceless!
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Terrierman, I got your combo beat!

I was browsing through a Target the other day and came upon a rechargeable Eveready LED flashlight, marked down from $40 to $10. It was rated at 1 watt. I happen to own a 3 watt Mini-Maglight, and so I compared them the other night. The Eveready was a little brighter. Don't know how they rate these things.

I'm thinking about mounting one, or maybe both, to my recumbent.
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Old 11-27-07, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by tntom View Post
Got a new bike and can't get time to ride. And I am upset about it. Leave for work dark get home 45 min before dark. Don't have the money for a health club. I feel like I am looseing everthing Igained over the summer. Work Work Work don't get me wrong I love what I do just need some time to ride. What can I do?
Lights can be cheap. Commute to work.
I leave home at 4 A.M. to arrive at 4:30 (sunrise about 7 A.M..) and I leave for
home at 5:30 P.M. (about one hour after sunset) on my day shifts.
I leave home at 4 P.M. (sunsets about 4:30 P.M.) and leave work at 5:30 A.M.
( sunrise about 7 A.M.) on the night shift. My commute is generally uphill
going in to work and downhill going home. Lately it's rained almost every day, in
fact this afternoon on my way in to work the winds were gusting at 35 MPH and
raining hard (it's snowing and blowing now). I don't make good time but at least
I am able to get a little exercise this way. Since I put two Planet Bike Superflash's
on the back of my bike I have not had a single close call from overcoming traffic.
On front I have a Blackburn Quatro, works fine for city and suburbs. Don't allow the
weather to control your life...to hell with the weather, bundle up, light up and
ride.

Happy Trails
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Old 11-27-07, 05:35 PM
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I used to have a 1 hour lunch training period down very nicely. Change quickly, pop on my bike, 15 minutes warmup, then the workout for 20 minutes, 5 or 10 minutes cooldown, pop into office, wipe down, change. Eat lunch while working.

Monday: Sprints
Tuesday: Intervals
Wednesday: Hills
Thursdays: Just spinning fast, a few hills
Friday: Mellow road ride
Saturday: 2 hours or more, hard and fast.
Sunday: Pass out.
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Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil View Post
Terrierman, I got your combo beat!

I was browsing through a Target the other day and came upon a rechargeable Eveready LED flashlight, marked down from $40 to $10. It was rated at 1 watt. I happen to own a 3 watt Mini-Maglight, and so I compared them the other night. The Eveready was a little brighter. Don't know how they rate these things.
Watts are NOT equal to Lumens.
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Old 11-27-07, 06:37 PM
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T-Man and Tom B are right. Lights are the answer. It's amazingly peaceful and pleasant to ride in the dark, unless it's too cold.
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
Watts are NOT equal to Lumens.
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Old 11-28-07, 09:12 AM
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I got a mini-mag but it's not LED. Will that work? If I could ride to work my bike would be there at lunch. Thanls for the help.
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I got a mini-mag but it's not LED. Will that work? If I could ride to work my bike would be there at lunch. Thanls for the help.
Maybe. Try it and see if it is bright enough to suit you.
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I don't have lights. I am broke from buying the new bike. And it is through 3 school zones.UP HILL BOTH WAYS. Now I am whining! See Historian we all do it sometimes.
You are only whining if you don't work to overcome those obstacles.

Can you afford lights, front and back, from Wal-mart? They are cheap and surprisingly good. Get reflective tape and add it to your bike, backpack, panniers, helmet, etc. Wear bright colors.

How big are the hills? So big you can't walk the bike? I've never met a hill I couldn't walk. Eventually you will pedal up them. Or route around them.

What's the problem with the school zones? Can't you slow to under 25 MPH?
 
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Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
You are only whining if you don't work to overcome those obstacles.

Can you afford lights, front and back, from Wal-mart? They are cheap and surprisingly good. Get reflective tape and add it to your bike, backpack, panniers, helmet, etc. Wear bright colors.

How big are the hills? So big you can't walk the bike? I've never met a hill I couldn't walk. Eventually you will pedal up them. Or route around them.

What's the problem with the school zones? Can't you slow to under 25 MPH?
No, and Up hill both ways and whining was a joke, School zones have lots of trffic and I have no lights.
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No, and Up hill both ways and whining was a joke, School zones have lots of trffic and I have no lights.
School zones don't crowd up until after 7:AM and they are done by 4. Riding to work makes exercise part of your lifestyle --and that's the only way it will stick. Experiment with routes till you find the perfect one. Then enjoy your sense of accomplishment.

It always sounds rude no matter how I try to phrase it, and I can never find tactful ways to say this, but here goes... "Any dolt can find ways to fail. You distinguish yourself by finding ways to succeed"
(I wish I could get my kids to embrace that concept)
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Yeah, November through February suck. I really miss my commute.
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Originally Posted by dbg View Post

It always sounds rude no matter how I try to phrase it, and I can never find tactful ways to say this, but here goes... "Any dolt can find ways to fail. You distinguish yourself by finding ways to succeed"
(I wish I could get my kids to embrace that concept)
Amen!
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RE: Terrierman's post # 8:

Here's a similar setup, but perhaps a bit more fancy (pictures I hope....):







The first one is a rubber strap made for the mini-mag lights. This costs about 4.05 at an online site.
It might be available at some bigger stores in metropolitan areas.

The second one is an 'upgrade' kit for a mini-mag light. It cost about 16.95 at an online site.

The 3rd one is a bit better picture of the IQ switch that in included in the upgrade kit. This cost 7.50 online.

The 1 watt UG by itself is about 13.95. I think this company has some 3W upgrades also, but the sales guy said the IQ switch wouldn't handle the 3W light.

I have the strap and the upgrade kit. It works pretty good, but of course is not at good as the high dollar 'real' bike lights.

The strap is a snug fit on 1" handlebars and holds the light fairly good. It can be twisted up and down as needed.

I also just (horror of horrors....) bought a cheap light kit off eBay from a place in HONG KONG. It has a 5 LED front light and a basic 5 LED back blinkie. It's only going to be about 7.00 in the door, so if it's a POS, I'm not out much.

I'll report back on that if and when it gets here (7 to 14 days....).

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If you can see well enough to ride your bike without the help of a front light, like an urban or suburban area, then go the cheaper route and get a couple of blinking white lights for the front, and a couple of red blinkies for the back. Planet Bike works well.
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You gotta prioritize: Quit your job and ride your bike.
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