|Trace The Mitten|
One of the things that I enjoy about cycling is the time away from many distractions. I do not listen to music or podcasts. I also like riding in areas where traffic concerns are minimal. This winter there has not been much snow and i live in an area with many subdivisions. These subs have nice smooth sidewalks that have almost no use during school and work time. This may not sound exciting to you, but I love it. Well, it is good for now., but I want to get into those long rides where I do not have to handle the cold. When you are inside during winter, any time that I can get outside for exercise is great. Cycling is always fun for me.
I was riding between one and two hours a session and that is a lot of time to think about whatever is on my mind. When else do I find that amount of time? I solved a seat problem with the bike. I organized a schedule issue. I figured out dinner. In between I enjoyed the Sun.
Reduce stress just by reducing the amount of noise. Our environment can have so much noise: TV, music, furnace/AC, people, and many other possibilities. Who was it who said, "Silence is golden"?
On my inside rides I do not have this quiet. I need stimuli to keep going. Heading outside is a good ride.
Recently I happened to see a small piece in June 2015 edition Real Simple magazine which somewhat relates to this topic. They stated, "60 % The amount you can boost your creativity by taking a walk while brainstorming instead of sitting at a desk as noted by a study published in Journal of Experimental Psychology last year." I have a feeling that there have been studies supporting benefits of this behavior.
Today KLM Rochester Hills store hosted their annual garage sale. Again a big crowd. I brought a reusuable grocery bag. Two weeks ago they gave me a box To hold all the stuff. The bag is less bulky with the shoulder to shoulder shuffling around this aisles. several people commented on my arrangement.
I like to check the display area of miscellaneous items. My daughter needs a cross bar for mounting her bike on a rear car rack. Bingo! I found one. She will enjoy that.
Tablet holder for handlebars. I will probably use it for cue sheet or map. I could use it for my tablet occasionally.
Waterproof pack cover. I once had a pack which was attached with a nylon fabric strip at the bottom and elastic around the edge to snug a round the pack edges and corners. While riding on windy, rainy conditions the cover would fly off looking like the parachute on a rocket car. This new cover has strap to anchor to the pack.
I bought two more multi-tools that can kept with different bike packs.
In review of the travel posts, I have seen multiple riders carrying extra water containers to through areas of limited water sources. This bladder will hold 60 oz (1.8L) and it has a bite tube.
I decided to pick up a pair of riding socks. A couple of my old pairs are wearing thin after many miles and washings.
Seal skinz socks are billed as waterproof. I hate soggy shoes from rain and this year I used my Keen sandals on rainy rides with wool socks. The seal skinz are lined with merino wool and they feel comfortable. These sock might work well around a wet campground.
Tire levers I good to have in your shop too. This winter I realized that I could use two in my shop.
I am very excited about these deals .