Riding in lights

Fall is almost over, the clock’s have shifted back and its dark at 5.30. Sucks to be a runner or a mountain biker. Unless you let your imagination run wild, get a headlamp from REI, persuade a few friends and you are all set to bike at night . "That’s crazy", you say. Well it certainly won’t be the first and I honestly think that this one is not too far a stretch.

Anyway, I decided to give it a shot on my own before we went out as a group and here is what I learned.

  • You need to give your eyes time to get accustomed to the dim light. It’s hard in the begining but it improves.
  • It’s pain in the neck (not figuratively, literally). What you can do with eye movements in daylight require you to move your head at night. I had to constantly look up to get a general heading and look down to counter immediate obstacles.
  • It’s cold as hell, dress for it.
  • And GO SLOW.

About amit

I was born in Kanpur, India in 1977. I did my schooling partly in Kanpur, Surat and Udaipur. I spent most of my schooling years in Udaipur in a boarding school. This was the most enjoyable period of my life predominantly because I made a lot of friends and played a lot of football (my first love). My school years brought in a sinking realization that I was good in academics, average in football [even after my most sincere efforts :( ] and to put it euphemistically 'artistically challenged'. Hence cool careers in photography, sports, art & design or music were all beyond me. I took up what I could do best, and enrolled for engineering at Nagpur University. College brought its own pleasures, I had my share of beers, bunked classes, read the 'Bhagvad Gita', learned yoga and picked up love for traveling. After graduating I was one of the lucky few to get a great job at Infosys Technologies. The best thing I got from my first job - my Yamaha Rx 135. There were not many weekends when I did not explore places in and around Bangalore on it. In two years though my desire to pursue further studies caught up with me and I enrolled for a M.S in Computer Networking at North Carolina State University. Here I picked up basketball, love for stand up comedy, liking for the 'other football' and offcourse a little bit of computer networking. I graduated in Dec 2002 and am currently working for /n Software. I am slowly evolving into a die hard Linux and Open Source enthusiast, trying to pick up skydiving, biking, running and photography. Some might call that progress. :)
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