Va Cold Friday and a southerly fresh breeze. 49scattered cloudsFeels Like: 43 Low: 47 High: 52 Cold Thursday and a northerly light breeze.
The Highest pressure lies midway between Banks Peninsula and the Chatham Islands. A subtropical low lies to the northeast of the North Island and will remain very slow moving, although it may drift just a little southward.
Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Stage for today is for fine weather with light winds. Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown 24 degrees.
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(Hint: check out the “Super Clearance” section first, that is where the huge deals are.) Direct link to REI Cycling store There are several big lifestyle changes that happen when you start commuting by bicycle.
There are many, many smaller differences between driving and cycling that can take a while for people to pick up on. I would leave my keys with a water bottle, a book to loan to a friend, something I needed to return to the store, anything.
Since I don't need my keys to start my bicycle, I've found that they can be a lot easier to forget. I should point out here that this revelation came not from a personal experience but rather from the meandering thoughts of one on a bicycle.
These keys live in either my backpack or handlebar trunk (depending on which I'm using). The key ring itself is one with a clip and a retractable pull cord with a light.
The light is useful for digging around in my trunk and the pull cord is great for being able to use the keys even if they are clipped into my bag. Sure sometimes I have to smell bus exhaust or roadkill but riding past the coastal sage scrub I get reminded by scent of camping as a boy scout.
I get the smells of corn tortillas or just the general scent of Mexican or Asian-fusion cooking. This is smoke from a fire that burned on Camp Pendleton Marine Base Monday.
Direct link to REI Cycling store Since I started commuting by bike in March 2007, I've spent a lot of time reading blogs and articles (not to mention writing articles for this blog) in order to better understand how to ride safely and to better enjoy cycling. There are many opinions on what is “the safest” way to ride in traffic; there are also many things that everyone agrees on.
Recently, all the info I had read and received, conflicting ideas all sort of...clicked. Luckily those are two of the three things you need to never end up in an accident (the third, and maybe most important is luck).
Now that you are riding in the middle of the lane, this is where your confidence and awareness will come in (hopefully luck has been with you all along). When I am in the middle of the lane I keep an eye on my rearview mirror to know when cars are coming up behind me.
When they do, I signal that I am in the middle of the lane and that I am not comfortable with them passing me (arm extended diagonally toward the ground on the left, hand open, palm facing the car). When I am comfortable being passed (if the lane widens up or there is a section without parked cars), I pull to the right side of the lane and wave cars past me (arm extended out to the left, sweeping forward).
Whenever I approach a stoplight or stop sign I move to the center of the lane. There is a part of my commute that is through an area with a lot of traffic and I pass cars there because cycling through it is about five times faster than driving.
If road conditions mean that I am going to jump right back to the middle of the lane after the intersection and make cars wait to pass me, I'll just wait at my spot in the line. Finally, I take into account the speed limit on the street, if it is significantly higher than I can ride I just wait my turn.
When you are at or approaching a signal remember that CA law give you both the rights and responsibilities of motor vehicles. There have been reports that California (or some cities in CA) might be considering a variation on a liberal set of cycling laws used in Idaho.