No worries, I'm committed to putting all the gear on!! I do have an open weave jacket and HT Air pants and they're great once you get moving. It's the standing still part that's hot...I'm still working on getting faster at gearing up in the heat so I can be on my way and in the wind sooner!cherokeepati wrote:cbm, please don't get lax about protecting yourself! It was 96 degrees today or more and I just started riding about three weeks ago to work and back 1/2 hour each way. One of the first things I purchased was a jacket (open weave nylon with body armor) and amazingly it is alot cooler than you can imagine. Of course, the first thing you want to do is get it off when you get home, but the ventilation system can really cool you off on the ride. Now if I can only figure out how to protect my legs if I go down.
Oh boy, I have a great mental picture of that whole scenario!! And I can definitely see me doing something very similar! Anyway, kudos on getting your bike back up in less than ideal conditions, and thanks for the laugh!ladyreb wrote:Don't feel bad cbm, here's my sandal/flip-flop story:
I was at a biker rally one weekend and where I was camped was a long distance from the bathroom. I got up early one morning and nature urgently called. I decided to ride the bike to the bathroom across this big field. I hopped on with my flip flops on, not thinking anything about it. Everything is fine, get to the bathroom, put my foot down and down I go. It's a wonder I didn't wet myself ! My flip flops had slipped on the morning dew. Oh, it gets better... I go to pick the bike, which in normal conditions is not a problem using the back-your-butt-up-to-the-seat and walk it up method. However, the ground is wet, I've tore up a flip flop and I'm now barefooted. On the first attempt to raise it, down I go again... I can't get any traction on the wet ground. I checked the bike, it was fine. Then I'm looking around to make sure no one saw me flopping around like a fish out of water they didn't, it was too early. I'm standing there trying to figure a way out of this. I end up drying my feet, drying the ground and finally was able to get enough traction to lift it. Lesson learned: I don't care how bad I have to go, the boots go on first.
It's too bad the MSF course doesn't have a section where they teach students how to pick up a dropped bike. (At least mine didn't.) I'm sure they could designate a sacrificial bike to practice on...most of them are not exactly in pristine condition!!cherokeepati wrote:I really need to learn how to pick my bike up since I ride solo. Where can I get info on how to do that? Yes, I dropped my bike once and scratched the tailpipe. Had it not been for a co-worker, I would probably still be trying to get it up and it's really not all that heavy!
I hope I'm not barging in and interrupting with information that someone else may have already given cherokeepati, but have you heard of the "RIDE LIKE A PRO III" video? It is the most amazing video, and so worth the money spent.....cherokeepati wrote:I really need to learn how to pick my bike up since I ride solo. Where can I get info on how to do that? Yes, I dropped my bike once and scratched the tailpipe. Had it not been for a co-worker, I would probably still be trying to get it up and it's really not all that heavy!
cherokeepati wrote:Thanks for all the info folks! I'll have to stick into that video, Chromie, and thanks for the input!
Had a hard time one HOT day last week...Almost dropped it because I overheated myself and was not aware of how badly I was out of it. I had stopped after pulling off my exit from the highway and as I was pulling out I was weak and wobbly. After that day (after the temp went down a few degrees) I went back to riding to work. BIG lesson learned there!!! Shook me up with how weak you can become AND how FAST.