Multitasking

So I finally went through with it and ordered the mini excercise bike.   It has magnetic resistance, an on-board display (distance, speed, calories, time) that you can actually extend out and put it elsewhere, and it fits under my desk.
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My regular desk chair is too squeaky to use with the mini bike, but my directors chair works great.   The main problem I had was reaching the keyboard.  My legs got in the way.  However, I’m not going to let something as trivial as leg room discourage me. The solution was to build a keyboard stand attached to the chair itself.  I held the keyboard above my legs and measured the difference.  While this was obviously not an exact science, it suited my purposes.  From the wooden of the chair, I had to raise 7″ in the front and 5″ in the back.  Adding 2″ for the chair arms itself, I had 9″ and 7″.  I took some scrap 1×6 boards I had and cut them just so.  I drilled and then screwed these to the sides of the chair arms.  I did a quick test of the wooden plank I had (which originally came from  a tv stand or desk) to confirm I liked the height, and it was perfect.  After confirming the height and position would work, I added the final touch: a piece of trim underneath the wooden plank to hold it in place.
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Once everything was setup, I found that I can comfortably ride and type at 12-13mph for well over an hour at a time.  This is multitasking at its finest!

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NightBike Trial 1

As I push more into biking during the winter, I need to test more often to see what works.  I replaced some break pads on my bike as well as got all the lights mounted again.  I did a quick ride around town around 10pm in 31F weather to get a feel for how I’m setup.
The Bell-brand light that I have for the handlebars is definietely insufficient for the task.    The head-lamp I have does a much better job of lighting the way.   It would be nice to have a handlebar-mounted light that really shines.  From what I read I need 20 watts in city driving (as the other light washes out my light).
Biking gloves are still somewhat of an issue.  My older leather-shell thinsulate gloves don’t overlap correctly with my jacket sleeve, causing a gap.  I tried out a pair of fleece “pop-top” gloves (half fingerless glove/half mitten) — these let you fee the breeze through the fleece (and that’s without wind).  My newest pair of thinsulate gloves I have generally work — they keep the hands warm and overlap properly.  The only issue with those is dexterity.    I might have to hunt down some bike pogies.   These mount on the bike and create a nice protection from the elements, allowing you to wear a thinner, less wind-resistant glove (like the fleece pop-tops).
The windbreaker pants over top of jeans works great, at least in dry weather.  They seem like they’ll do a decent job in rainy weather as well.  For anyone else looking for a multi-layer pants solution, windbreaker pants go over anything.
As for the bike, I’ll need to find a decent mirror.  I picked one up that was supposed to hook on the side of the hand-grips, but in my case, the hand-grip is also the shifter and therefore too big for the mirror to fit onto.