Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Slimy Crud Run

So we went to the Slimy Crud Run on Sunday and it poured pretty much the entire time we were on the bikes. We ran to Pine Bluff from Richfield and it started raining about thirty minutes into the ride. Rained on us all the way to Pine Bluff. Once we got there it stopped but you could tell that the rain kept away all the fair weather riders. There were quite a few bikes there but nothing like last year.

After grabbing a bite to eat (read wet soggy burgers) we decided to head up to Leland, of course as soon as we had our riding gear on it started pouring on us again. Thunder, Lightning, rain, wind, hail, it all showed up for us. Again I failed to take a lot of pictures at the meet ups but here are the few I took in Leland.

After hanging out in Leland for about an hour we headed home. The ride home for the most part was pleasant but of course the rain had to get us one more time about thirty miles out.

Almost 300 miles in the pouring rain was a nice challenge and I did enjoy it. I do need to find a way to keep my hands dryer as the water seems to run down my sleeve into my gloves and then back up my arms. Also my $300.00 Areostich pants failed to keep my ass dry so I am going to try some seam seal on the crotch.

It was a good test for the up coming trip to Canada, hopefully it won't rain much but if it does I know what to expect.

Update on the Aux. Lights

So I bit the bullet and purchased a set of the PIAA 520 LED lights. I bought a set off ebay for $175.00 compared to the $190.00. Yes, I saved $15.00 by buying used. I almost came to regret it. I got them wired in and all was well... for five minutes. Then one decided to burn out. Being that I bought them used I couldn't warrenty them so I decided to try to take it apart and see if it was something I could fix. Getting a sealed beam light apart proved to be a bigger challenge than I was up for. I got the screws out and beat on it for a while with no luck. Finally, after doing everything I could to be sure that the warrenty was voided I decided to call PIAA and see if they had any suggestions. The guy on the phone told me to send it in and they would replace it. When I explained how I attempted to take it apart he asked me how far I got, laughed when I told him, explained that is about how far he got also, and gave me an address to send it to for the replacement.

With in two weeks I had a new working light.

So my advice for you is, if you are looking for a set of driving lights get the PIAA. They stand behind their product