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A dark, rainy, chilly commute

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

My ride home from work was rather interesting. It was in the low 40s, raining, windy, and dark. This is some of the first rain we’ve had in months, aside from a few showers on Saturday, so we really need the rain, and I have been out of practice when it comes to riding in the rain.

Despite (or maybe because of?) the conditions, my ride home was surprisingly enjoyable. I feel a lot more confident in the rain with additional lights and reflective gear, and I’ve got my clothing figured out fairly well for the most part. I was also lucky that it was just a good steady rain, and not a deluge.

We had an unreal warm spell for a while, and now it’s cooling off once again.

I’m trying to psyche myself up for winter. I love winter riding, even though it is more difficult to ride as regularly. But, scenes like these get me pumped. All these are from winter rides I did last year. Mostly likely, it will be quite a while before we get any snow … I’m just thinking ahead.

Geomangear voluntary recall of Magicshine lights

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Geomangear is voluntarily recalling the Magicshine batteries. We received the following e-mail:

To Our Valued Geomangear Customers,

Geomangear temporarily has stopped selling Magicshine lightsets due to our concerns regarding the safety, quality, and performance of Magicshine’s lithium-ion battery packs sold by Geomangear between July 2009 and November 2010. We have determined that these Magicshine battery packs do not meet Geomangear’s high expectations regarding product safety, quality, and performance. We have notified both the manufacturer of Magicshine lightsets and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission that Geomangear intends to voluntarily recall all Magicshine battery packs sold by Geomangear.

We are actively working with the Safety Commission, outside engineering consultants, and a new battery pack supplier to evaluate product recall options for our customers. Geomangear will provide recall information and instructions directly to our affected customers after our final corrective action plan has been approved by the Safety Commission.

If you bought a Magicshine lightset from us between June 2009 and November 2010, please discontinue using your lightset until we are able to provide you with an upgraded replacement battery pack. Despite our best efforts, this process will take some time, and we ask for your patience. You can rest assured that Geomangear has taken, and will continue to take, appropriate steps to protect the safety of our customers, and we will stand behind our products. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and appreciate your continued loyalty and support during this unprecedented situation our company is facing.



I’m glad they’ll be replacing the battery packs, but I’m going to continue using my light. I bought it because I needed a good light. That still holds true, and it seems like a lot of people have not had any problems with their batteries, so I’ll take my chances until I receive the replacement batteries. I’ll bring backup lights with me, of course (I always carry at least one backup anyway).

My ride home should be interesting. I’m expecting 40s, rain, and darkness. I think I’m well-prepared, but I don’t have a good pair of rain pants, so we’ll see how it goes.

Not much riding this weekend

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

First, here’s a shot from a night ride last week.


We had guests this weekend, so I didn’t ride much. I did go mountain biking at Brown County State Park with Dave Saturday morning. We only rode about 9 miles, but it felt great to get out on the trails. I want to go back soon for more! These trails have amazing flow. This ride, while brief, was enough fun to make me think I should try to convince certain co-conspirators to come up and hit some trails, rather than gravel, sometime.



We also tossed around some ideas for our traditional Black Friday mountain bike ride. This should involve some trails we’ve never ridden. I’m looking forward to it!

Today, we went for a hike with our friends, also at Brown County, which ended in our car not starting, and having to get a tow truck and my mom to come pick us up. Here’s hoping it won’t cost too much to fix the car …

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