It’s been a while since I wrote anything for this blog. I was mostly feeling ashamed and/or sorry for myself that I’ve not been riding as much as I’d like. Today was only my second commute of 2012. I blame the weather mostly, but I think the main reason is because I’m lazy or not motivated to ride. I also moved further away from work in order to be able to live in a bigger house. We’ve got a baby on the way and the old place was getting really tight.
My new commute to work is about 15-16 km on city roads with a medium amount of traffic and minimal cycling infrastructure. For those that live in/around KW, I start my ride on Zeller Drive, take Lackner/Shirley to Wellington to Park to Caroline, where I then ride through Waterloo park, UW, and into the technology park. It’s really not that bad of a ride, taking me about 45 minutes all together. I plan on riding a lot this summer, and maybe a bit into winter. I really don’t enjoy the cold weather, but I’ll make an effort this year.
I’ve made some modifications to my ride as well, which is why I’m pretty excited to get riding again. I replaced the Magtenlight setup with a dynamo hub wheel I found on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Redline-XCE500-Front-Dynamo-Silver/dp/B004B6MYZI/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1335884431&sr=8-6. I kept the lights that came with the Magten and hooked them up to the hub. The hub is very “draggy” compared to the Magten, but the setup feels a lot more solid and well put together. The worst that could happen is that I’ll get bigger leg muscles. I also got myself a Take-a-Look mirror, which is fantastic for keeping an eye on the traffic behind me, especially now that I ride mostly roads. It’ll give me that extra few seconds warning if a car is headed in my direction. Hopefully, that won’t ever happen, but better to be prepared.
And with that, I’m signing out, until next time.