TwistLit L.E.D. Bicycle Light Review

Man, it was a long slog of a winter here in Minneapolis. It felt like spring was never going to make an appearance but it is finally nice enough to ride our bikes. This evening Jules and I rode down to the grocery store and I took the opportunity to test out another piece of gear the folks at Nite Ize sent me.

The TwistLit L.E.D. Bicycle Light was a cool little gadget. I live downtown and know I should ride with a light on my bike, but after four years in the city I still don’t. At least not until tonight.

I’ve got one of those blinking lights that require a screw driver to attach. Yup. Somewhere in the gear pile I have that. The thing is I have three bikes and I switched the light to my mountain bike once, but who rides the trail with a light right? So, I took it off and put it in the pile and haven’t gotten around to putting it on my Crosscheck.

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nite ize, red blinking bike lightAnd that kiddos is what differentiates the TwistLit. It is easy to attach to your bike and just as easy to remove. Have you ever seen those GearTies at REI? Nite Ize makes those too and the TwistLit uses the same concept to attach the light to your bike. Just twist it on the seat post or the back rack like I did.

Other than that it is pretty similar to other lights. It illuminates. It blinks. And like most such lights these days it is LED so it’ll last for a long time. Oh and it is inexpensive at under $10.

Of course, you should also have a light in front. I use a headlamp a lot but you could also try the Lite Ride Mount by Nite Ize. I haven’t tried it myself but it looks decent. Don’t forget to wear visible clothing too.

Here is the product description from REI’s website:

With an easy twist, the Nite Ize TwistLit rear bike light can be mounted to your bike to alert others of your presence when you’re riding in low light.

  • Bright red LED is encased in a sturdy, water-resistant housing; curved backing settles nicely against the curved surfaces of bike frames, bars and tubes

  • Tailor your lighting needs between high and flash modes with a simple push of a button

  • Attaching the TwistLit is easy and tool-free, thanks to the flexible, grippy 7 in. “legs” that work like twist ties to affix the light to your bike’s handlebar, frame or rack

  • Nite Ize TwistLit rear bike light operates on 2 replaceable 2016 3V lithium batteries and has a run time of 20 – 25 hours, depending on settings

Oh, and just in case you are thinking you don’t need to worry about being seen. Check out the figures in the infographic below:

 

bicycling visibility

Guess what? They ain’t seeing you!

Here is a link to the post on The Goat that I got this from. And here is the original study The Goat post referenced.

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Mountain Biking Rules Of The Trail

Last fall Jules and I did a ride at Theodore Wirth Park (sweet single track right in the city!) in Minneapolis where we encountered some knuckleheads on the trail. As we talked about the situation I remembered my membership packet from the International Mountain Bicycling Association (Superior Cycling Association chapter) contained a “rules of the trail” flyer. I have repeated it below from the IMBA website. Following these rules will not only keep us all safe, it will also help foster a positive image of mountain biking… which is critical for expanding trails!

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Rules of the Trail

IMBA developed the “Rules of the Trail” to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails. Keep in mind that conventions for yielding and passing may vary in different locations, or with traffic conditions.

  1. Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness.
  2. Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.
  3. Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.
  4. Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.
  5. Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.
  6. Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.

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Awesome Drone Video Of Beautiful Grand Marais MN

So the boxing deer video in South Dakota was pretty funny. And the video of the new destination Mountain Bike trail in Duluth was pretty exciting but this. This is makes me want to load the truck and head north. NOW.

Grand Marais FPV from StrangerDejaVu on Vimeo.

What did you think? Pretty cool huh?

If you have never been to Grand Marais you should go. It is a cross between a funky sea village and a wilderness town because, well, because that is exactly what it is. With a cool music and art scene thrown in for good measure. We won’t talk about how long the winter lasts!

Here a couple more posts about the area:

Winter Trails At Cascade State Park

Mt. LeVeaux- The Red Headed Step Child

Oberg Mountain Hike Overview

Cross Country Skiing Pincushion Mountain Trail System In Grand Marais BTW- there is awesome mountain biking here too! And by the Briton Trailhead too!

Chateau Leveaux: Scenic Retro Lodging On Lake Superior’s North Shore

Oh, and check back soon. I have another trip planned to Grand Marais soon!

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Quick Hikes Along Highway 61 In SE Minnesota

Panoramic view from Charity Bluff at John A Latsuch State Park

Panoramic view from Charity Bluff at John A Latsuch State Park

Late last fall I squeezed in one last hiking weekend and went to Whitewater State Park. I wrote a trip report about it here. On the way home I did a couple quick hikes along Highway 61 that I had always wondered about…

  • Charity Bluff hike at John A. Latsuch State Park
  • Weaver Dunes Scientific and Natural Area
  • Frontenac State Park

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John A. Latsuch State Park

This screen shot from MapMyHike shows the elevation gain of Charity Bluff

This screen shot from MapMyHike shows the elevation gain of Charity Bluff

My first stop was John A. Latsuch State Park which is Minnesota’s smallest state park at just over 1,600 acres.  The hike to Charity Bluff ascends 592 steps in half a mile and the effort is well worth it! The views of the Mississippi river valley are outstanding. I just wish I had been there for the fall colors. Once you are done soaking in the views you can continue on a trail along the bluff top and through the woods.

If the kids are getting a little stir crazy in the car and need to burn off some energy this quick hike should knock them out for the rest of the drive home.

View from the top of Charity Bluff

View from the top of Charity Bluff

Getting there: From Winona go approximately 12 miles northwest on U.S. Highway 61.

Weaver Dunes Scientific and Natural Area

I really wanted to love Weaver Dunes, a Nature Conservancy Site near Kellogg Minnesota. This description from the Nature Conservancy website had me expecting an unknown gem:

Visitors to Weaver Dunes will be captivated by the majestic sand dunes themselves, some of which reach a height of 30 feet. Another highlight is the variety of vegetation on the site. With the arrival of fall, the foliage of the sand prairie and flood plain forests are spectacular. Look for the Blanding’s turtles on their migration routes in June and late August; migrating waterfowl and raptors are numerous at Weaver Dunes.

weaver sand dunes

It was OK. The sand dunes were nothing like dunes I’ve experienced out west in the desert, these were completely covered with vegetation. The highlight was roaming the tall grass and taking some interesting pictures, but it wasn’t exactly stunning scenery. If I were to go again I think it’d be to see the Blanding’s Turtles.

Nonetheless, I say God bless the Nature Conservancy and the great work they do. You should show them some love with a donation.

Getting there (from the North):

-Travel south on Highway 61 to Kellogg, MN turn left into Kellogg at the blue topped water tower.
-At the stop sign, turn right to get on Dodge Street, going south
-Follow the signs to get onto County Road 84, going south
-Travel 5.5 miles south of Kellogg to Township Road 141, a small sand road on the left.
-Turn left onto TWP 141, bear left at the fork, and there is a parking area at the end of the road.

Frontenac State Park

I have been driving by the signs for Frontenac State Park on Highway 61 for years and have always wondered if it was worth stopping. Yeah, its worth it.

View of Lake Pepin from the bluff top at Frontenac State Park

View of Lake Pepin from the bluff top at Frontenac State Park

The views of Lake Pepin, a really wide portion of the Mississippi River, are outstanding. On top of the bluff there is a parking lot and a grassy area that’d be perfect for a picnic.

Even better than a picnic is to celebrate your legs on the 13 miles of hiking trails Frontenac has, most of which are on the bluff top. I patched together a few trails starting on top of the bluff and then descending steeply to river. Almost half of my hike was on top of the bluff and almost half was along the river.

mississippie river

You’ll get your cardio on with the stairs at Frontenac

Of course, as you descend you lose the grand vistas but you gain a new experience of being close to the water and the sound changes to a combination of waves and wind through the trees.

As you wander through the trees be sure to keep on eye on the sky and the tree tops. This is prime Bald Eagle country folks, all the way from Red Wing to Wabasha. Read my post Bald Eagle Viewing In Wabasha to learn more.

Eagles, grand views and a good cardio workout isn’t all this hike has to offer.

MapMyHike screenshot of Frontenac hike route

MapMyHike screenshot of Frontenac hike route

There is also a pretty cool rock formation called In Yan Teopa Rock, which is Dakota for “rock with opening”.  According to the park sign, there are many legends about In Yan Teopa Rock with the most common being that Native Americans used it for religious ceremonies but that hasn’t been substantiated.

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Ratings:

Charity Bluff at John A Latsuch State Park: 3.5 out of 5 Boots. Good short leg stretcher with great views after steep climb

Weaver Sand Dunes: 2 out of 5 Boots, at least for hiking. I only recommend it if you want to see the rare Blandings Turtle.

Frontenac State Park: 3 out of 5 Boots. Best views are between the car and the trail. Still worth the time if you are in the area. Highlights include Eagles, views and In Yan Teopa Rock.

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Tying Shoelaces Sucks: Knot Bone LaceLock Eliminates The Task

I hate tying my shoelaces. Even when I double knot them they either eventually come untied or I can’t get the knot undone. That’s why I always buy Salomon running shoes like these… no knots to tie!

So when I opened my box of swag from Nite Ize, I was excited to check out the KnotBone LaceLocks. Note: if you read my Action Armband review you know the story of how I got introduced to them and that they have given me some product for free to review (and if you buy via one of these links I may get a small commission from the retailer).

When I first opened the package and couldn’t figure them out intuitively, I thought, “oh oh, these are going to be a great idea poorly executed”. Then I read the directions. I know my wife won’t believe that but, its true and they weren’t bad, mainly pictures. My kind of directions. No pesky words or 3 point font.

I know you’re thinking, “wonderful, the directions are good but, what about the actual product”?. Well, the LaceLocks are pretty cool but, I give them a high rating for a reason perhaps a little different from what Nite Ize intended.

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Boots. If you don’t mind the commitment the LaceLock is a good alternative to tying knots. But tying knots is faster. For me, I will be carrying them as a cheap back-up for dealing with broken laces.

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The way the LaceLock works is you slide the lace into the lock and cinch it in place. With no knot to tie, you have a lot of extra shoe string left over so, the directions instruct you to cut the extra length of shoe lace off. In other words, you gotta commit and that is the thing I didn’t like. What if I take the lock off to dry my boot and lose it? Then there isn’t enough lace to tie it back up the old fashion way that Mom taught me.

Fellas, another thing is they are not chick magnets by any means… they look a little goofy. But, the main reason I don’t think I will be using the KnotBone LaceLock all the time is that they are putzy and slower than tying my shoe.

KnotBone LaceLock Instructions

So, given that somewhat harsh assessment why do I give them a high rating? Because they work and I’ve had laces break out on the trail. The LaceLock is so small and light weight it is going to be a mainstay in my back… just in case I break a shoelace. That alone makes them worth the couple bucks and at such a low price they are a great value. I’ll definitely be adding them to my list of great gift ideas.

These puppies are NOT coming undone

These puppies are NOT coming undone

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REI Wilderness Survival Class

Several years ago I backpacked off trail in the San Rafeal Swell with a guy that was a wilderness camp counselor. We didn’t use luxuries like a tent or matches. Instead, we used a tarp for a tent and started our fire with a bow drill. Ok, Slim started the fire and tried to teach me. I never did get the hang of it, so that trip planted the seed for taking a wilderness skills class.

When I saw that the Twin Cities REI stores were offering a course on Wilderness Survival for just $65, I was excited to sign up.

Of course, there was a class description, but we really didn’t know what to expect. The description is below:

Wilderness Survival: 3-Season Skills

Description: Join REI Outdoor School for a wilderness survival class focusing on 3-season skills that could save your life. During this class you will learn practical tips and strategies that every outdoor traveler should know, including: emergency priorities; how to make an emergency shelter; how to locate and access drinking water; and how to make your own emergency kit with all the essentials. You will also participate in interactive scenarios to practice and hone your skills. This class is designed for anyone who spends time outdoors.

Skills you’ll learn:

  • As a result of this class, participants will gain knowledge regarding
  • Emergency Kits/Essentials
  • Emergency Priorities
  • Emergency Shelters
  • Water location and procurement.

Duration: 6.0 hours

The Plane Crash

The class was taught by Jesse and Don, two experienced and friendly teachers. After brief introductions from the eight attendees, we were sent alone into the woods  a short distance with our assignment. You’ve maybe done this before. A life threatening situation is described, in this case a winter plane crash in the wilderness. You are able to salvage some, but not all, of the items on a list. The assignment is to rank order the items.

Once we all gathered back around the fire we discussed our choices. I won’t go into all the details, but here are the top five items:

  1. Cigarette lighter with no fuel (I ranked it #2)
  2. Ball of steel wool (I did not rank it)
  3. Extra shirt and pants for each survivor (I ranked it #1)
  4. Family sized chocolate bar-one each (I ranked it #5)
  5. Can of shortening (I ranked it #3)

I knew the most important thing to do was to stay warm, so I chose extra clothes first and then focused on fire. The cigarette lighter can still make sparks even though it is out of fuel. I thought the can of shortening would be flammable and could be consumed for energy. I also figured I could use gauze with the shortening as a fire starter. Finally, I selected the chocolate bar for energy.

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My first big learning of the day was that steel wool is great for starting fires. Who knew! The instructor selected it over gauze because it could be used with the shortening and used to polish the shortening can to make a reflective signal. I also overlooked that the shortening can could be used a container for water.

Our conversation… and that is what it was, a conversation, not a lecture… then turned to the principles of survival.

The Most Important Question of the Day:

Should I stay or should I go? Unlike the answer in the Clash song you should not go. You should stay put. Think about it. When you do not return when you are supposed to, people will know something happened and the search will begin. So, most likely you are looking at a few hours to perhaps a few days of surviving.

The survival shows on TV tend to focus on “finding your way out”. Most of the time, this is most likely to get you more lost and further from where the searchers expect to find you. Don’t make their job harder; stay where they expect to find you.

You did tell people where you were going right? If you don’t think that is necessary you need to watch 127 Hours or read Between A Rock And A Hard Place. The longer the trip, the more likely people are to do this, but most issues happen on day trips. Moral of the story: Tell someone every time! It is a good idea to leave a note in your car too. There are also apps that you can use but I wouldn’t rely on them solely, use them as a supplement. Read my review of the  Guard My Angel app.

 The Psychology of Survival

The next topic of conversation was the psychology of survival. The most important thing here is to get a grip and overcome your fears. You need to calm down. Breath. Relax. Meditate. Whatever works for you to calm down. Once you calm down you need to  S.T.O.P. “Stop”, “Think”, “Observe” and “Plan”.

Another big component of the survivor’s mind-set is a positive attitude. You must believe that you will survive. So, reach down deep and summon your inner Rocky Balboa and remember, if you are with someone who is a doubter, your positive attitude may rub off on them. Model positive talk and productive actions.

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Stay Warm

The first thing you need to start planning is how you are going to stay warm. This led to one of the most fun exercises of the day, making fire. The first thing most people think about is making fire with a bow drill, but as I learned on my San Rafeal Swell trip using a bow drill is really difficult.

We learned about finding dry tinder, fire bundles and fire ladders. Typical tinder sources like birch bark and dry grass were discussed, but my favorite creative source was to scrape lint off cotton clothing. We also learned how to make fire starters with cotton balls and Vaseline.

And then we got to play with fire after gathering tinder in the woods. Jesse’s demonstration made starting a fire with flint and tinder look easy. It wasn’t. However, eventually I did get the hang of it. A flint tool will definitely be added to my pack as a back up to the standard lighter or matches.

The StrikeForce flint was the best of several I tried in class. It created a bigger spark, had a longer striker and was easier to use.

Knots

I am a master of the Half Hitch Knot. Also, know as “your basic knot”.  Which of course, means I suck at knots. In preparation for our shelter building exercise we learned a couple of knots. Hopefully, I will never need them for building a shelter, but they will certainly come in handy for hanging the hammock.

Now, I just have to practice by bowline and taught-line knots before I forget them. Hmmm, maybe I need to get a deck of cards with knots for my next date night with Jules. I’m pretty romantic huh.

Survival Shelters

Before heading into the woods we discussed a few techniques for making a shelter with materials lying around the woods. While it was fun, I will stick to the tent thank you very much.

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Trying out the half-finished shelter

Water

We all know that water is much more critical than food for short-term survival. You can last for a few weeks without food, but only a few days without water. So after warmth it becomes critical to figure out water. I won’t get into all the details of how to find water but I did want to share my big “a ha” when it comes to water.

I’ve always been overly worried about getting giardia while I’m out in the wilderness. It turns out that it can take a couple of weeks before it hits. Of course, nobody wants to come down with it after they get home but, if you are in a survival situation, worry more about staying hydrated than getting laid out by giardia. By the time it hits you will probably be safely back at home.

So, there you have it 6 hours of class summed up in fewer than 1400 words. Obviously, I just touched on the highlights, so I encourage you to consider taking the course. At just $65 for REI members it is a bargain.

Now, I want to try a wilderness first aid course. Let me know if you have any recommendations!

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After dismantling the the shelter we used the debris to make an SOS signal

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How To Save 25% At REI.com This Weekend

Did you get your mailer from REI about the 3-day sale this weekend? April 26-28 you can save 25% off one full price clothing item from REI brand or Novara.

Here is the code 25REI.

Remember, if you buy via a link on the spud now through Sunday April 28th, 2013 you can help support The Nature Conservancy while you save money. Pretty cool huh? Read the details here.

I’m usually a bit reluctant to buy clothes online because I hate the hassle of shipping returns back if something doesn’t fit. Oh, and I also hate paying shipping fees! In case you didn’t know it. Here are two awesome things about REI:

  1. There are no minimums for free shipping if you have it sent to your local store! Orders over $50 ship to your home for free.
  2. If you don’t like something or it doesn’t fit. You can return it to the store. No shipping hassles and REI has the bets return policy of anyone out there! Just don’t abuse it folks or karma will bite you in the ass.

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A couple of weeks ago I did a post with a list of ideas for what to spend your REI dividend on. Thought you might enjoy some thought you might enjoy some thoughts on some cool threads.

Kimtah Rain Jacket. At $239 before the 25% off it is pricey but it is worth it. I love mine… best rain jacket I have ever had. Keeps ya dry but also breathes. Recently, I raved about my new light weight fuzzy fleece REI Thaw Creek jacket. However, it is already 50% off so that won’t work for your coupon but you could always go with the classic REI Woodland fleece.

Speaking of fleece. Does it ever get cold where you live? Yeah? Then you need fleece pants. Great for around camp, after skiing or wearing over your shorts to spin class in the dead of winter. I have a pair similar to the REI Teton Fleece Pants.

A couple of you bought the REI Pulaski pants I mentioned in my post What Should I Spend My REI Dividend On? They’re great. In fact, I’m wearing mine right now!

Julie looks great when she wears a pair of road biking shorts like the Novara Mezzo shorts but I just can’t bring myself to wear lycra. For me it is the mountain bike style like the Novara Exposure.

Need a new base layer? How about the REI lightweight Polartec Power Dry long sleeve base layer?

I have a bunch of REI brand long sleeve “travel shirts” like the REI Sahara Tech. I call them “travel shirts’ because they pack so well and work great on the trail or in town. In fact, I probably need another one. Hmmm, maybe that is what I will use my 25% off coupon on???

Or maybe some hiking pants like REI Sahara Convertible pants with the zip off legs.

What are you using yours on?

Happy trails!

PS. Speaking of REI, they have cool classes too. Did you read about the survival class I just took? Sweet skills to learn!

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Yesterday, EarthDay, TrailPotato had an Earth Day Challenge which encouraged everyone to support their favorite non-profit. TrailPotato chose The Nature Conservancy and is donating 50% of all site revenues (basically affiliate commissions) to TNC.

Originally, this was going to be for just Earth Day, but then I thought why not make it the whole week. So, the timeline has been extended through Sunday April 28th. 

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Today’s The Day To Meet The TrailPotato Earth Day Challenge!

Last week, I mentioned a special project the TrailPotato has undertaken in honor of Earth Day. It’s finally Earth Day and the Spud needs your help to meet the challenge.

Here’s is a refresher on the challenge:

The Challenge:

I started to wonder if I could use TrailPotato and its Affiliate Marketing network to do some good. Here is what I came up with:

On Earth Day, April 22, 2013, the Spud will give 50% of all gross revenue to The Nature Conservancy. So, here is my challenge to you:

  • Help spread the word. Tweet. Like. Email. Smoke signals. What ever it takes help spread the word that utilizing the shopping tools at TrailPotato.com will help raise some coin for The Nature Conservancy. Note- there are “share buttons” at the bottom of this post that you can use.
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Why The Nature Conservancy?

To quote from The Nature Conservancy website :

“We pursue non-confrontational,pragmatic solutions to conservation challenges.”

That appeals to me a lot because I’m a non-confrontational and pragmatic guy. I like the idea of working together to find some practical actions to take. They also have a huge focus on protecting land. They make direct purchases and also  encourage landowners such as farmers and ranchers to make land donations while retaining some rights to continue to use the land.

Here is their mission:

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depend

What Is Your  Ecological Footprint?

Here’s some Earth Day fun. Take the Ecological Footprint quiz on the Earth Day Network website. OK, fun is probably the wrong word. The interface was indeed fun but the results are downright scary. I thought I’d do well since I live in a condo and only commute a few miles to work. Not so much.