From Clothespins & Cards to LED Monkey Lights

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    Jun 10, 2015 5:50 PM GMT
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    Jun 13, 2015 12:35 AM GMT
    This kind of shit is for the dorks who wear helmets on the sidewalk.
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    Jun 15, 2015 4:03 AM GMT
    Oh I don't know about that. Might depend on which gif you download to display. If you're flashing pedestrians porn, you might wind up a dork in jail.

    But lights at night make a big difference on how cars react to bicycles and we have so many deaths especially in Florida that if it makes an urban assault safer and looks fun, I'm all for it.

    When I was younger and more adventurous--what, 10 whatever years ago, haha--I used to love night mountain bike rides and had my Turbocats. I think they're out of biz now but at the time that was a great company. Hands on, excellent customer service, good product.

    Besides lighting up trails perfectly--and they had a high beam for long distance, really worked--those things were so bright they'd scare cars. Drivers couldn't figure out what they were coming up to so they tended to slow down and give some room.

    Even when I walked my dog I noticed a big difference between walking without lights and with lights on whether or not a driver will be more courteous. I even had lights on my pup's harness so they'd see him too. The more light you have at night, the more room the cars give you.

    Dork you say? No, that's not dork. This is dork...

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    Oh, and PS, While I do not ride sidewalks with helmet, with all the spills I've taken, endovers flying me 15 feet through the air, the only time I ever cracked a helmet was on the easy trail at Quiet Waters when I wasn't paying attention to a low branch. Dumb, I know, but those things work.
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    Jun 15, 2015 6:28 AM GMT
    theantijock said... Oh, and PS, While I do not ride sidewalks with helmet, with all the spills I've taken, endovers flying me 15 feet through the air, the only time I ever cracked a helmet was on the easy trail at Quiet Waters when I wasn't paying attention to a low branch. Dumb, I know, but those things work.
    That probably won't happen now, since Quiet Waters is mostly open space since the last major hurricane (Wilma, I think).

    But it is growing quickly and I haven't been there in about a year. I do know, however, that those trails aren't even remotely as fun as Markham's. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 15, 2015 4:00 PM GMT
    No, not as fun, just an easy local ride. I liked Markham too though I did take a few good spills there. One I hit so hard that it felt like an electric shock ran through my bod on impact. And another must have looked completely comical because I somehow forgot to let go of the bike. We tumbled in tandem. But especially during mom's illness, I was often running between Palm Beach County and Lauderdale so I'd travel with bike locked in tow and ride when I could.

    I also liked Oleta. That had a fun hill built up, surprisingly tall. Double track on the way down but a real narrow ledge on the way up if I remember that right. Haven't ridden there in many years but I recall liking it. In fact that's where I first discovered mountain biking on one of their rickety rentals. From that first time which put such a smile on my face, I was hooked.

    What was great about Quiet Waters that I'm sorry to hear it lost was all that shade, so good for summer riding. Because my favorite rides were out in the Everglades on the berms where I didn't have to concentrate so much on a trail but could enjoy the scenery and the critters, only that I couldn't do through most of summer because of zero trees. So Quiet Waters was good for that.
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    Jun 17, 2015 3:06 AM GMT
    theantijock saidNo, not as fun, just an easy local ride. I liked Markham too though I did take a few good spills there. One I hit so hard that it felt like an electric shock ran through my bod on impact. And another must have looked completely comical because I somehow forgot to let go of the bike. We tumbled in tandem. But especially during mom's illness, I was often running between Palm Beach County and Lauderdale so I'd travel with bike locked in tow and ride when I could.

    I also liked Oleta. That had a fun hill built up, surprisingly tall. Double track on the way down but a real narrow ledge on the way up if I remember that right. Haven't ridden there in many years but I recall liking it. In fact that's where I first discovered mountain biking on one of their rickety rentals. From that first time which put such a smile on my face, I was hooked.

    What was great about Quiet Waters that I'm sorry to hear it lost was all that shade, so good for summer riding. Because my favorite rides were out in the Everglades on the berms where I didn't have to concentrate so much on a trail but could enjoy the scenery and the critters, only that I couldn't do through most of summer because of zero trees. So Quiet Waters was good for that.
    The hill you're referring to at Oleta with the tall hill and doubletrack down is Robinson Ridge trail, just at the end of Stairway To Heaven trail.