At last. After 1 week of snow , thaw and yesterday a lot of rain , today saw the return of dry weather AND clean roads. Well, more or less clean as I was about to find out. I was eager to do a road ride to test my new Ledsystem3 Lumicycle light and just because I wanted to be out there. I decided to follow the 50K BLOSO ride that starts in Heverlee and loops over Sint Joris Weert, Sint Agatha Rode, Ottenburg, Terlanen, Huldenberg, Leefdaal and Egenhoven. Here and there I took another loop to avoid the small roads. They were still muddy and wet and I didn't want to make it too difficult in the climbs either.
The Lumicycle light turned out to be a real charmer. I ran it at its LOW setting - there is also a NORMAL and a HIGH setting as well as an OVERBOOST and a COMMUTER setting. The LOW setting proved more than enough light to be able to ride fast in the semi-wet conditions . I tried the commuter stand but this was too dark on wet roads. On dry roads this would be sufficient enough though. The beam is just wide enough and when in doubt you just flick the switch upwards which switches the light to a higher output and brightens things up to the point of being like a little sun burning on your handlebar. The relatively narrow beam also is gentler to the upcoming traffic than the wide beam of the Halide (13 degrees to the Ledsystem3's 6.
The temps were sweet with an average of 3 degrees C and I was elated to be able to ride again after 4 days of waiting for the snow to melt and the roads to dry . With an average of 23kph I was also pretty fast .
Ride Stats : 55K and 440/465 heightmeters (Polar/Garmin) in 2h24mins
14-01-2009, 20:01 geschreven door Big Bad Wolf