On the way home last night, Carter caught up with me. The first thing I noticed was the unique looking visor/shield he had on his helmet.
The reason I’m intrigued is that I can see some practical application of something like that for winter commuting. The problem I have with my shades in the winter is fogging. The first time I stop for a light, they fog up and become completely useless. I’ve toyed with the idea of getting a pair of ski goggles for cold morning rides, but 1) I’m a cheap sucker and don’t want to spend the money until I’m sure they wouldn’t fog up, and 2) I’m not sure how high the dork fact0r would be with me riding around Springfield, MO with ski goggles on. Carter sent me the link for these, so I might give them a try later this year.
We rode together quite a ways yesterday. One thing is for sure…you don’t get much of a draft off his recumbant trike!
One thing you do get, however, is a wide berth from drivers when you’re riding with him. He’s got a pretty wide footprint on that bike, and as you can see in the picture above, takes an appropriate lane position that encourages a wide pass from cars. You might also notice, however, that I’m riding slightly left of his position, taking even more of the lane than he does!
I intended to walk through the construction zone again on the way home last night, but there was simply too much activity going on to feel comfortable crossing their barriers. They had a crane there lifting materials up to the bridge above,so I went on down to Battlefield to cross the highway. In the process, I ended up catching Carter a second time at Sunshine.
Based on that experience, I decided to bite the bullet and take that route to work this morning. Instead of my usual 8.75 mile ride, it ended up being a 10.25 mile ramble. As I passed the construction zone on Catalpa, I noted that people were gathering, but no actual work was started yet. I’m betting that I could reasonably walk through in the mornings, but will need to avoid that area in the afternoons.
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