ARGUABLY THE MOST EMPOWERING ACCESSORY FOR THE “FRUGAL” BICYCLIST

Topeak MTX Trunk Bag DXP Pros: This amazingly compact-yet-expandable bag has continually proved itself eminently versatile and durable. Cons: Not cheap! Some years ago, wanting to augment the load-carrying utility of my Trek 7100 “hybrid” bicycle but wanting to avoid the hassles of straps, bungee cords, duffle bags or backpacks, I purchased Topeak’s MTX Trunk Bag

THE PRACTICAL OPTIMISTIC LONG DISTANCE CYCLIST’S ESSENTIAL GEAR – SERIOUSLY

Camelbak M.U.L.E Hydration Pack Rain Cover Pros: lightweight, easy to attach, rainproof, pack specific for good fit Cons: not one-size-fits-all, pack specific When clouds routinely pop up and cover the sky threatening outdoor recreationists with brief but heavy rain it’s wise to prepare for the eventual rain. As a long distance cyclist who easily rides 30 plus

ADIRONDACK CHAIR – ONLY ONE THING MISSING

US Leisure Adirondack Chair ( in Mushroom color) Patio Chair Pros: Completely waterproof, relatively inexpensive, comes in a variety of colors, may be purchased at many outlets Cons: Not comfortable – which is a big ‘CON’ My older sister has a memory like a steel trap. A couple of years ago I mentioned that I’ve always thought Adirondack chairs look

THE BLUNTLY HONEST PERSONAL ACTIVITY TRACKER – CALORIES IN/OUT OH MY

Fitbit Zip Pros: Honest, Accurate, Snug fit, Online interface, Works with other apps Cons: Will challenge non-tech users One of the newest accessories appearing on active people keeps them fit and opens conversations with strangers. The Fitbit plan has caught on nationwide and in my opinion, if used to its fullest and respected for the information that it

AN ELIXIR TO KEEP THE CRAMPS AWAY

CamelBak Orange Alert Elixir – Electrolyte Powered Hydration Tablets Pros: Refreshing flavor, Helps maintain electrolyte balance, Encourages hydration Cons: Expensive,  Sorbital could cause digestive distress It’s early May and Texas heat is coming. The full-bloom of Texas 120+ temperatures with heat waves rippling up from the road separates the hardy or well-prepared from novices (or fools). It

LUX-PRO TACTICAL LED FLASHLIGHT: SCANNING FOR SASQUATCH

LUX-PRO LP800 Tactical 1-Watt LED Flashlight In Red Pros: Compact and lightweight.  Precision machined aluminum case.  Water-resistant, with O-rings front-and-rear.  Extremely bright LED beam.  Overall battery life. Cons: Made in China.  Uses an odd number of less-convenient and more-expensive AAA batteries.  Switch end-cap requires snugging to avoid flashlight flicker. Our local general store sells a

THE ULTIMATE ‘ROMANCE NOVEL’

Rand McNally Worldatlas Pros: Handy 3-ring-binder format, super-durable paper, very handle-able size Cons: May increase thoughts of luggage and passports There’s an old axiom – ‘Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life’. In that case, I should have been Magellan or Ponce de Leon ( okay, I’d have settled for being Mrs. M.