I had an exciting moment on the way home last night involving a free-swinging cable, a large truck and a blissfully ignorant truck driver. As I rode down the bike lane on Portland I approached the construction site at Lake St. I watched the truck driver prepare to pull out in front of me and slowed down appropriately to avoid being crushed. No biggie, after all these years I can almost see these guys with my eyes closed. The truck pulled out without incident and went across three lanes of traffic, preparing for a right turn. As he did, I noticed that there was a length of cable trailing from the top of the truck. And as my eyes traced it back, I realized it was going to hit me. I wondered if it would just snake past me, or tangle up and pull me to the ground. As I was deciding what to do, it hit me in the head and knocked the visor off my helmet. I stopped riding and wondered how this was going to play out. Fortunately another construction guy started yelling, so the truck driver stopped and I didn't get to find out what being dragged by a cable behind a truck was really like. Exciting!
In less exciting news the change of the season is officially upon us, regardless of what the calendar says. It was 45 degrees out this morning when I left for work. 45 doesn't sound too bad, but 13 degrees above freezing sounds cold. And it was a little chilly. Yesterday I broke out my schpants to keep the knees warm, and today I actually wore gloves. Not bike gloves, but fleecies that keep my fingers warm. It's also getting dark. When I leave the house, it's pitch black. By the time I get through Ft Snelling the ambient light plus the street lights are enough that I can switch my headlight from steady to blink. But it's getting darker every day. In past years I've considered getting a generator hub and light so I don't have to worry about batteries and whatnot. But I have been riding so many different bikes that it always seemed like a hassle to have a good light on one bike and then be stuck with the lesser system if I want to ride something else. But this year I've been riding the Kuwahara pretty much exclusively, at least on the rides where a light might be required. And I'm mentally revisiting the generator hub option. The fellows at Hiawatha have a pretty darn good deal on a generator hub combo right now too which is or isn't helping, depending on point of view. Hey honey, can I have a couple hundred bucks?