24 March 2011

Bike commute day 7, heading home

Gary C. was out the office door at the same time I was this evening, and he asked me if I was dressed warmly enough. My three layers don't look too bulky, with every layer a tight-fitting, relatively thin fabric. I assured him that whatever the weight of the fabric, I would be warm enough, given that the cycling itself provides some heat from inside.

He also noted how the fluorescent yellow of my jacket sleeves make me much more visible, and I agreed that it helps a lot in the early evening of such a gray day. On my way, I wondered why so many cycling outer layers are black or dark. It seems that all tights and quilteds should have at least a reflective stripe, piped on the outside seams, much like the satin ribbon on tuxedo slacks. Similarly for jackets and arm warmers, some reflective areas should be a standard part of the design.

Temperature: 37-39°F at 19:00
Precipitation: none
Winds: calm to 5 mph from the west
Clothing: 3-layer top; 2-layer bottom, closed-finger gloves.
Time: 0:51:00 (approx.) for 12.5 miles
Bikeway users: 0 cyclists, 9 pedestrians

18:33—depart from work.
18:46—trestle remains at Linden.
18:58—west gate to Eastwood Park.
19:09—passing the zig-zag up from the Mad River Bikeway.
19:24—arrive home.

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