Friday, September 26, 2008

Fall riding tips


Not a lot of riding in the coming days if this rain continues. I want to make mention of the wet leaves on the ground from now until the end of the season. Wet leaves and lawn trimmings are as slick on the road as oil. Keep an eye open and reduce your speed when the conditions exist (post rainfall) to put these materials on the road.

In suburban areas, watch out for the "tool" mowing his lawn and blowing his clippings into the roadway. He's most likely not a rider and is generally clueless about his actions. If it makes you feel better to wave at him with one hand, feel free. No need to stop and explain it to him.

Plan for the changing weather by dressing in layers and allowing for multiple stops in your itinerary. Someone will no doubt be over or underdressed and will want to make an adjustment. Keep an eye on the riders ahead and the one behind for a signal to stop (pat top of helmet).

That's it for now. I hope to get out with you all soon. If you'd rather do a little interior or exterior painting, let me know!

A low, slow wave,

Joe Rocket

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