Keep Your Fire for Adventure Lit

October 27, 2017

Daylight savings ends in just over a week, and if you’re freaking out about an early sunset cramping your afternoon rides, here are some ways you can find relief.

Adventure Cyclist magazine

I’ll never be too proud to plug Adventure Cyclist magazine, especially under these circumstances. Cabin fever is real, and I can’t tell you how much it helps to read stories from the open road. Even if they aren’t my own adventures, they’ve got what it takes to get me thinking about what lies ahead.

Of course, the only way to get Adventure Cyclist is to join Adventure Cycling. Membership fees start at $39, and as a 501(c)3 charitable organization, each membership payment — over $14 per year — is tax deductible.

Zwift

Kudos to you, Zwift. For the first time since the Cateye Gamebike, indoor trainers are once again an acceptable way to pass the time. Zwift turns your indoor trainer ride into a social experience by connecting you and other cyclists on an online virtual course. Think of it as World of Warcraft for cyclists.

Getting setup on Zwift can be a little intimidating, and the cost of entry can vary wildly. The Zwift download is free, but there’s a $10/month membership fee. From there, you’ll need your bike and an indoor trainer. Smart trainers that measure power and cadence are ideal, but they are also expensive. For $40, you can pick up a heart rate power meter that will help you dip your toe into what Zwift has to offer.

Light it Up

There’s a wide spectrum of cycling lights available to help you see or be seen while riding in the dark. Whether your looking for a couple hundred lumens of output for your commute, or a few thousand to turn night into day, you’re not going to be short on options. I’m a big fan of USB rechargeable lights, and my personal setup for this winter will include the Cygolite Metro 600 USB headlight, and the NiteRider Sabre 50 tail light.

Head South for Adventure

In the words of Rick Sanchez, “nighttime makes up half of all time.” With that in mind, consider heading south to seek out longer days and warmer weather. This tactic hasn’t failed me yet!

Photos by Josh Tack

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TOURING GEAR & TIPS is written by Joshua Tack of Adventure Cycling’s member services department. It appears once each month, highlighting technical aspects of bicycle touring and offering advice to help better prepare you for the journey ahead. Look for Josh’s “Fine Tuned” column in Adventure Cyclist magazine as well.

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