Russell Brunelle (russellb) wrote,
Russell Brunelle

Russell's Tips for Cross-Country Bicycling

Let's say you're cycling through Texas. Furthermore, let's say it's after nightfall and you're riding using your headlight. Your headlight is probably tilted slightly downward, so that it can better perform its task of letting you clearly see what you're riding on.

The problem, of course, is the mangled deer: I've complained before about the chipseal, but that's really just a question off efficiency. In short, it's the deer remains that could actually cause a wreck at night if you run into one full speed.

So, my tip is to take advantage of vehicle headlights whenever they pass you: watch the road surface under the advancing beams, and look to the right for an identifiable landmark just before the beams go out of sight. This way, you know your path will be free of deer gore up to at least that landmark. Eventually, this becomes a natural habit.
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