Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sunrise Ride

On Saturday morning, I rode to College Coffeehouse to meet some other riders and afterwards took a short detour before heading home. I had been meaning to take a picture from the overlook around sunrise but rarely have an opportunity during the week. The sun was shining below the cloud layer which is one of my favorite lighting. It was around 0°F with no wind. A beautiful time to be out. No more issues with the bike. I replaced the screw studs and haven't had any more problems with our driveway. I guess that have to replace them periodically. Maybe with every fuel fillup.

Today, I made a couple of short trips with the rig. On these short trips, I tend to skip the riding pants if I'm wearing the insulated Carhartt jeans. Probably a bad habit to be getting into. I'm thinking that a one-piece riding suit would address my laziness with the riding pants. I guess that I don't have a lot of confidence in them anyway. They are FirstGear HT Overpants and the nylon Gore-Tex like material seems pretty lightweight and I've worn a lot of small holes in them such as in this photo. Not sure how I got the holes but they make the pants seem pretty flimsy. I've had the pants and jacket for six years. Maybe they just wear out…


Monday Morning Update - Stopped on the way back from coffee this morning. Even with only a few inches of snow, it was somewhat difficult to pull back onto the road. It was a lot of fun getting the rig to slide sideways on the curves. It doesn't take much to drift through the corners still completely in control. I had slid the rear wheel a couple of times on the Cassiar Hwy and the Dalton Hwy when on two wheels but this is different. Lots of throttle and don't stay sitting on the seat. The third wheel gives one a whole lot more confidence but you really need to hang off the bike and manage your center of mass. Fortunately (or not), I have plenty of mass to maneuver the rig….

10 comments:

Unknown said...

Richard:

Being on 3 wheels, I'm not sure riding pants are required either, esp during winter when you are close to home. And those pants may come in handy in hot weather with those air conditioned vents.

and that was a nice sunrise but looked cold to me

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

Trobairitz said...

From the photo I wouldn't have guessed it was as cold as it was. Gorgeous colors.

A nice shot of the bike too.

RichardM said...

I usually wear them when it's raining or snowing. And the sun was out, how cold could it be anyway. Does being on three wheels give one a false sense of security?

RichardM said...

I really like the early morning sun. And these days, you don't have to get up very early to enjoy it. Today, 10:02am. It's been pretty nice out the last couple of days. This morning, 1°F and snowing. The fresh snow makes for a fun ride in sliding some in the corners when you give it a little extra throttle.

redlegsrides said...

Nice sunrise picture RichardM, the rig looks quite at home. As to the overpants issue, yeah, there's been times when I've skipped them if only riding a very short distance, say to the hardware store. I'm trying to be more disciplined about it, but when it's hot out....when its cold, putting them on is pretty much automatic.

RichardM said...

There were numerous times this summer when I didn't bother wearing the over pants. Probably a bad habit for me to get into. With the insulated Carhartt jeans, I don't even miss them when it's cold. Like today, I rode down to coffee and the thermometer claimed that it was -6°F. Maybe it was as my visor and glasses like to fog up...

Conchscooter said...

Top photo should be the banner. I am looking for my winter clothes - 63 predicted for Wednesday night.

RichardM said...

I was thinking the same thing on the banner.

Don't forget the heated gloves. ;-)

SonjaM said...

Richard, the first picture is truly header worthy, and the hack looks indeed like it belongs. Stay warm!

RichardM said...

Yesterday on the ride home, it actually felt cold. Not sure what was different but the humidity was high. I think that really makes a difference. I changed the header but a lot of other things changed at the same time. Don't you just love Blogger….