|Me in new helmet. I am surprised how cockeyed my glasses look, but doubt those who know me are surprised.|
Audrey bought me a new helmet!
I had complained that the lights on my old one weren’t working well. I can’t turn off the flashing red rear light on my old helmet, and when I turn on the headlight, it turns itself off after an indeterminate time—sometimes a few minutes, sometimes a few seconds. Suddenly having that light switch off while I’m riding some dark section of a Cedar Rapids street is not fun.
Anyway, I had in mind getting just new helmet lights, but didn’t find any I wanted at my usual bike shop, Northtowne. My sister Cate suggested trying Hall’s a downtown bike shop that she said may have more of a gadget selection.
Meanwhile, on a separate shopping outing to Wal-Mart, Audrey spotted what became my new helmet, with built-in lights, and bought it.
I’m of mixed mind. On the one hand, I like having the lights separate because you don’t have to buy a new helmet should a light break. On the other hand, helmets do not last forever, and as long as the light lasts for a decent interval, say two years, having to toss it when the light breaks is not a bad thing.
Well, we had a bit of a struggle with the new helmet this morning. One of the small plastic tabs that they add when they factory-install the batteries did not want to come out and required a partial disassemble and reassemble, testing the outer limits of my modest mechanical skills.
|Pumpkins at a HyVee Drug Store along the Cedar River Trail.|