ISWE Rides the 2013 N.I.T.E Ride
Had a great time riding in the 2013 Indianapolis N.I.T.E. Ride.The ISWE Brompton in the paddock.
Reasons the N.I.T.E. ride is awesome:
The ISWE Brompton performed beyond expectations--ours and those of other riders, on the N.I.T.E. Ride. First, the Brompton's hub dynamo lighting system is... awesome. You really have to be in the presence of a couple thousand riders with battery powered LEDs to appreciate the difference. During several of the darker sections of the ride, it was almost as if the Brompton was performing a public service by lighting the way for half a dozen bikes with underpowered lighting. There is a minute penalty in terms of drag for generating your own juice, but that's easily offset by the value of being able to see every last bump and pothole and the knowledge that you won't be contributing yet another set of Duracell's to the landfill. Nice job Brompton!
Second, small wheels are perfect for navigating tight congested quarters, especially around turns, and quickly accelerating one through them.
Quotes of the day:
Before the ride:
"Man, are you even going to be able to keep up with those small wheel? I don't know the physics, but... " - woman on a gigantic mountain bike.
During the ride:
"Oooh! Look, there goes that guy on that little bike!" - astonished fellow N.I.T.E. rider... being passed.
There were quite several small-wheel trikes present. Only one of the perhaps dozen trikes spotted featured an oversized rear wheel. There was also a Giant Halfway and several (four or five) Bike Fridays. Although Bike Fridays aren't the best folders, sometimes not really folding at all, they are solid road bikes, explaining their frequency at group rides. With thin tires, lightweight frames, and excellent components, they are worthy adversaries for their large wheel ride peers. We'll try to get more pics of them on rides with more amenable lighting conditions.
Takeaway: Ride the N.I.T.E. Ride in 2014. You'll be very glad you did!
Stay tuned: Next time, we interview Sam from Athens for more details about his new Catrike Trail tadple recumbent.