Most of my end-of-the-day rides this summer have been in the late evening or night. There are so many fun events in Chicago right now, I rarely go straight home after work. Such was the case last night, when my friend Chika and I biked home at 11 pm after a wonderful outdoor concert by the Grant Park Orchestra.
Biking later in the evening is wonderfully refreshing. I avoid evening rush hour: the hottest, most polluted, and busiest time of day.
Unfortunately, my rear light (held on by an old rubber band) fell off while I was going through a big intersection and broke into three pieces. The intersection was too dangerous to attempt retrieval, so now I need to buy a new light and actually attach it properly. Luckily, my new Po Campo pannier has a huge reflector on the back, but I find a red rear blinkie light to be a necessity, in addition to a reflector.
Does anyone else find themselves biking home later this summer, either to beat the heat or as a result of other activities? Make sure you have good front and rear lights!