August 10, 2003
One less car
So I've put it off as long as I can, and I plan to ride to work in the morning. I preflighted the route today, and it's not bad, except close to my house, where I don't have a lot of options.
I've got my locks, my trailer, tools, riding and work clothes, etc., all ready to go.
One little item I don't have but could use is a helmet mirror ($12.95), for keeping an eye on overtaking traffic. It occurs to me, though, how much cooler it would be to use:
The iSight would be mounted on or in the trailer facing back. The PowerBook would be running EvoCam to publish the iSight picture to a mobile 802.11 network. The Tungsten C, mounted on the handlebars, would use that 802.11 network to monitor the webcam image in real time, letting me know if I need to veer to avoid the oncoming Bubba without ever cocking my neck.
All the functionality of a Lexus, but for thousands less...
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You don't say how far it is or any other details about conditions. Give us the mapquest details, whydontcha?
Posted by: paul beard at Aug 11, 2003 2:38:33 PM
That trailer makes it look like you're pulling a 12-pack on ice! I doubt your load is nearly so heavy.
Posted by: john m at Aug 12, 2003 10:27:07 PM
When the tires are seated correctly (d'oh!), you only notice the trailer going uphill.
My current load in the trailer is: clothing for the day, tools and spare tubes, and my miniBook in its briefcase. Probably 12 pounds all told....
Posted by: Frank at Aug 13, 2003 2:58:34 PM