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Niterider Sentinel 40 Taillight Winner

Eric-Overton

Eric Overton

We recently held a contest to give away a Niterider Sentinel 40 Taillight to some lucky reader. The rules for the contest were simple: just pick a number between 1,000 and 1,500 and leave it in the comment section for the review. The contest ended at midnight on Monday, December 28, 2015. The winning number for this contest was 1250 and Ohio resident Eric Overton hit the number exactly.

Eric is the organizer of a cycling group in the Cleveland Ohio Area called Long Distance Cycling Cleveland. The group has a series of long distance rides that prepares the group for events such as Calvin’s 12 Hour Challenge, the National 24 Hour Challenge and other organized tours. Eric has been doing the 12 and 24 hour races for 15 years.

1250As usual, we used a random number generator to select a number between 1,000 and 1,500 and that is how 1250 was selected as the winning number. The rules to state that the winning number has to be the number closest to, but not over, the number selected by the random number generator. However, since Eric guessed the number exactly it saved me a lot of time sorting through the comment section to find the closest number.

 
 

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Lid Lights Contest Winner

This past Monday we held a contest to give away a set of Lid Lights, the cool LED helmet lights that could easily save your life. While there were several folks I would have liked to have given the lights to, I finally decided on Sandra (the person behind the A Promise To Dad blog).

Sandra, the latest contest winner

Sandra, the latest contest winner

Sandra is actually new to nighttime cycling, but she said that she wants to participate in the Nacho Ride which she describes as “a ride ten miles out-of-town on a gravel rails-to-trails path to a bar that serves cheap Tacos/Nachos which more than 200 cyclists participate in every Tuesday.”

If you read the “About” page on Sandra’s blog you will find out that she started cycling out of a promise made to her father to “get healthy.” Her father had Alzheimer’s disease before he passed away and I certainly can identify with that—we had to put my father into a nursing home last month due to that same horrible disease. In fact, one of the reasons I took up cycling was out of fear that I would develop Alzheimer’s myself. This disease is not hereditary and an article on the Mayo Clinic website claims that “population studies have suggested that exercise which raises your heart rate for at least 30 minutes several times a week can lower your risk of Alzheimer’s.” I love my wife and I do not want her to have to go through what my mother has in the past few years.

I normally send contest winners the actual product I reviewed, but Ed Kovak at Lid Lights has graciously offered to send Sandra a new set of Lid Lights—and she gets to choose the color of the lights! Thank you Ed!

One more note about Lid Lights: The current product is designed to attach to your bicycle helmet, but I really liked the suggestion that Kurt (kurtbredeson) made. He suggested that they also make lights available that would attach to the rear seat stays of your bike—and I think this is an awesome idea!

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2013 in Life On Two Wheels

 

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