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Apr. 15th, 2003 | 12:07 am

Just wanted to mention that today I did something that few people have done--I drove an electric car. My first of two sessions to qualify me for checking out cars from the caltech EV club.

Also I did something else pretty rare. I biked about 5 miles to the distant organic natural food store so I could get some millet since the rain had stopped for several hours and things looked like they were drying out. As I got there, it started raining.

So I biked home in the rain. Thankfully while in England I picked up a cycling rain jacket, though I'd still like something that keeps my legs and head dry.

The other thing I noticed is it started off being uncomfortable but after some time passed I started getting used to it. (Or was it me just thinking of all the people who'd tease me for the superiority of the car at protecting (aka "coddling") one from the elements).

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Usqueba

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from: usqueba
date: Apr. 15th, 2003 12:10 am (UTC)
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A couple of friends have hybrids (Toyota Prius). I LOVE to watch the lights which chart the gas mileage.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Apr. 15th, 2003 11:11 am (UTC)
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When I was briefly thinking about buying a new car, I was tempted by the prius.

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Josh

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from: irilyth
date: Apr. 15th, 2003 10:39 am (UTC)
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I've mentioned the REI raingear I use to keep my legs dry, right? They're really just backpacking rain pants, but they work great for cycling too, at least for my little one-mile commute. (Someone doing adventure racing in a rainforest might want something more high-end.)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Apr. 15th, 2003 11:10 am (UTC)
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Yes, you mentioned that before... and I forgot. Thanks for reminding me. Out of curiosity, what do you use for head gear?

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Josh

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from: irilyth
date: Apr. 16th, 2003 08:21 am (UTC)
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I just wear a helmet, which keeps my head a little drier than not wearing a helmet, and then put up with wet hair. :^) Ditto my feet, which tend to get wetter than my head for whatever reason, but I wear Tevas pretty much everywhere, so I just take 'em off and let 'em dry when I arrive. If I wanted to keep my hair dry, maybe a shower cap under the helmet? Or a plastic shopping bag, to go really low tech? Heck, you could probably line the helmet with saran wrap in a pinch. If I needed dry shoes on the far end, I'd just bring a spare pair I guess. Or get some sort of waterproof shoe coverings, but it seems like they'd get more torn up by the pedals.

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Josh

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from: irilyth
date: Apr. 18th, 2003 11:59 am (UTC)
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One other note: My cycling jacket doesn't have a hood, but I have another waterproof windbreaker shell thinger that does, and is big enough to fit over my head with my helmet on. The jacket as a whole is also bigger than the cycling jacket -- big enough that I can wear it over my backpack, which is particularly nice. It's not bright glowing yellow, though, so it's not as visible in the dark or bad weather as the real cycling jacket. Anyway, if I were shopping for a new cycling jacket, I'd consider "does the hood fit over my helmet" and "does the jacket fit over my backpack" as useful criteria.

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