Mountain biking always struck me as a spring, summer, or fall sport. The short daylight hours of winter and colder temperatures make it difficult to squeeze in trail bike rides in the winter. After picking up the sport of cyclocross this fall, I decided that I would take the plunge into the world of night riding. It took me a few weeks of thinking and talking about night riding before I decided I was ready to commit. A couple of months ago I purchased a relatively expensive bike light. I also decided to purchase a couple of Cree XML T-6 bike lights based on the recommendation of a friend. After using both the expensive light and the Cree, the Cree bike lights have exceeded my expectations, especially given the price point.Based on my shopping experience and anecdotal evidence, quality bike lights are notoriously expensive. When spending that much on an electronic device, however, I expect it to do more than simply act as a flashlight. One thing that makes the Cree bike lights such an attractive option to the novice night rider is that they are a not cost prohibitive barrier to night riding. With Cree, you can test the waters of night riding without making a huge investment. The Cree lights claim to have 1,600 lumens, have three settings, high, medium and strobe. I have not tested the lumen output to verify this claim, but suffice it to say, this light is bright. The Cree lights are rechargeable and a full charge last about 4 to 5 hours, which is pretty similar for much more expensive options. The lights easily mount to a helmet or your handlebars and come with accessories for mounting. I suggest you buy a pair of Cree bike lights, one for your helmet and one for your handlebars and get out and explore the trails after dark. Adventure awaits.MSRP $29.99
Following up on CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle’s appearance before the House Financial Services Committee, CUNA submitted a letter to committee chair Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) regarding the Financial CHOICE Act, his proposed alternative to the Dodd-Frank Act.Nussle spoke specifically to Title I of the CHOICE Act during a House Financial Services Committee meeting July 12.“We believe much more should be done through this or similar legislation to modernize the federal credit union charter with a goal of reducing credit unions’ regulatory burden and expanding consumer and small business access to credit unions,” Nussle wrote in the follow-up letter. “While we certainly appreciate your inclusion of provisions that will help in this regard, we encourage you to go much further to provide relief for credit unions.”CUNA’s letter addresses other provisions in the CHOICE Act: continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Three members of the Wisconsin wrestling team have chosen to take an Olympic redshirt for the upcoming 2011-2012 season in pursuit of representing the United States in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.Seniors Andrew Howe and Travis Rutt join redshirt junior Tyler Graff as they compete in Olympic qualifiers and then, hopefully, the summer games themselves.“I think it’s going to be great for them; all three need the experience,” UW head coach Barry Davis said in a statement. “They’ll be taking next year off with Andrew and Tyler focusing on freestyle and Travis on Greco-Roman. I think they’ll make a lot of great strides.”Howe is a three-time All-American and 2010 NCAA Division I champion at 165 lbs. Rutt earned his first All-American designation last year at 184 lbs., while Graff has twice earned the same honors at 133 lbs.Though the Badgers will miss the talents of the three wrestlers next season, Davis expressed much enthusiasm for the opportunities awaiting his players. “They’re going to be able to go overseas, participate in some of their own tournaments while focusing solely on freestyle and Greco-Roman,” Davis said. “I think right now that’s what those guys need. That experience is going to go a long way for them. It will make a big difference going into the trials.”Davis is also working closely with the three to arrange training and traveling schedules.“It’s important that we know ahead of time what these guys are going to do to make sure that they get the right times and workout partners. I’m sure those three guys will be in different places to travel and train. We need to make sure all four of us are on the same page.”The opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics begin July 27, while wrestling competitions last from Aug. 5-12.