Just wanted to share a funny ride story from several months ago… I’m going around OSU and as usual some of the students are not paying enough attention. You know what I mean, talking on their cell phone, jay-walking, etc. I always stop for pedestrians going through crosswalks, so it’s not like I’m anti-walkers.
Anyways I honk at this chick who obliviously is crossing the street when the light is green (for the cars, not for her.) Granted, Neela’s horn doesn’t sound very angry, it’s more like a “toot toot” than a “a-oooo-ga” but still, I tried. Well I succeeded in getting her attention but not in convincing her to mozy across the street a little quicker. She takes a break from her cell phone conversation and gives a happy wave, and I swear I heard like a weird giggle. Whaaat? I’m bewildered, totally wondering what the heck she is so happy about. It took me a good 5 seconds to realize what it was…
Aretha Franklin is a truly fabulous singer, and of course her song R-E-S-P-E-C-T is famous.
Smartwool socks are good. My feet sweat ALOT (oooh TMI) and it’s rough when it’s hot or cold. So if you have the same problem as me – I highly recommend Smartwool socks. They are expensive as heck but they are worth it. They come in various styles, so you can get dressy ones too. So far with this cold I have not needed to get special socks for riding, but today looks like our first snowflakes so we’ll see. I am opposed to getting electrically-heated gear, but if I get too cold I’m sure I’ll change my mind.
Bonus for Smartwool (https://www.smartwool.com/) they have sustainable practices so while they are not a local Columbus company, you can feel better about your purchase.
Before I forget, the Complete Streets meeting is today at 3:30 PM. Go if you can, if not watch it on TV and I’ll post my thoughts about it as well.
Do you find it hard to combine your fashion style with scooter gear? Do you want safety vests that don’t look like you work for the DOT? Well Crashwear, a small business out of Seattle could be just what you’re looking for. I have not bought one of these myself, so this isn’t a review. More like an announcement.
The vests come in 4 colors and 2 designs. They retail for $29.99. Crashwear is a great holiday gift and an affordable safety investment for almost anyone who has to take to the streets on foot or on two wheels.
– robin freedman
where style and safety collide
I like that tagline: “where style and safety collide”. Note they might also be good gifts for the bicyclists or walker in your life. The vest would fit over your regular jacket, are machine washable, have the important reflective material, and include inside and outside pockets. (Scooter reminder: don’t put lots of crap in your jacket and vest pockets, you don’t want your cell phone/wallet combo bruising your ribs in a crash. But the pockets would be great for joggers and bikers.) The designs include a flower and a filled-out circle, and you can also have your vest lined with faux-fur. The flower is growing on me. And folks in Ohio, she’s a Buckeye so that’s one more incentive to buy! Happy Shopping!
I don’t like to write alot about specific gear, other sites do a better job of that. If you are really into it you already have a system (email alerts, weekly checks, etc) to monitor your favorite stores/online sites. But as a female with small-ish feet, I wanted to have a post about my boots. As you may have read earlier (https://scooterfan.wordpress.com/2007/10/26/atgatt/) my boots were a big help in a minor accident. My current sneakers are size 7.5, and I wear a Eur 38 in these Teknic Stinger Boots.
I am a little paranoid about someone stealing my scooter. OK, a lot paranoid. I garage Neela every night, and I try to always lock her up to the center pole in the garage. Out in the real world I try my best to lock her up to something sturdy, although I don’t always have that option. I was lucky enough that my last job had free scooter parking. What that really meant is only 2 of us ever scootered to work and we could park by the guard shack, so the guards would keep an eye on it.
I don’t trust crappy Kryptonite locks. I paid good money for a fancy lock from England.
Previously I wrote about protecting your neck and head from the cold. I mentioned wearing a “baclava” which is actually a wonderful Greek pastry, albeit mispelled. What I meant to say was I wear a “balaclava”.
For some reason I find my mistake very amusing. Anyways, the balaclava looks like a bank robber mask, or a ninja mask. They have some at newenough if you want. The balaclava I have is from snowboarding, and so far it works fine. (Of course winter hasn’t really hit yet here in Columbus.) If you just want a simple one, it shouldn’t be expensive. Just make sure it’s thin so it will fit under your helmet, don’t get a wooly one.
I have wanted to preach about this before, but have held back because I had other things to talk about. And the point of my page is not “gear gear gear.” But today I will preach. Don’t worry this won’t become a regular thing (Safety Fridays!) and there’s no gruesome pictures to scare you into wearing proper gear. Other websites do that already. This is also an unusually long post, but I figure those of you who don’t want to hear this will prefer being able to just skip onto the next post, as opposed to dragging this post out into a week-long series.
ATGATT is an acronym that stands for All The Gear, All The Time. I’m a firm believer in it, and recently was in a very minor accident which proved the worth of ATGATT. (I originally wrote this post when it first happened – I have scootered several times since and have healed up fine.) I won’t go into details, but in broad daylight, at low speeds (estimated 15-20 mph), on a road I travel daily, I mis-judged something, ran into something, and ended up going down with the scooter. The good news is I am fine.