In the UK we’ve just lost British Summer Time daylight saving and my gosh did I notice the loss of daylight, that hour really did change my commute home. I love riding in the dark provided I’ve got adequate lighting, but my main light is no longer good enough and my spare is just about usable, so it was time to replace them.
Most of the lights I looked at were massively expensive, powerful and put more light on the sky than on the road.
In September 2012 I bought a hub dynamo and a Busch & Müller Lumotec IQ Fly RT front light from bike24.com. I like the light, it’s courteous to other road users and efficiently puts light on the road while still making me very visible, so I wanted something similar but with a bit more power.
Fortunately Busch & Müller now have a more powerful dynamo light and a very good battery light that don’t break the bank, even with the awful pound to euro exchange rate.
So I’ve ordered them from bike24.com:
Busch + Müller Lumotec IQ-X LED Front Light – 164RTSNDI-01
Busch + Müller IXON IQ Premium LED Front Light Set – 1922QMLA
There aren’t such good reviews of the IXON IQ, apparently it breaks easily, well, I’ll just have to be careful with it 🙂
Fingers crossed they both arrive safely and work as well as I hope they do, it’d be nice to have something that lasts another 4 years without any issues, the cheap lights on Amazon etc won’t that’s for sure.
The weather has also become cold too, it’s only the start of November and I’m already in my winter jacket and gloves!
For me, December is the month of least enjoyable cycling. It’s normally cold, but too warm for winter tyres, often I can wake up to a frosty start and wish I had them fitted. Oddly enough, it’s the one month that I like the forecast to be rain, if it’s been raining then it isn’t frosty.
Last winter I often stayed at home on the bad frosty mornings, rather than risk the ride to work, fortunately with my job I could do some on the computer at home while the road thaws out. That isn’t ideal, the other options I have are:
- swap to winter or normal tyres every time the weather changes. This requires a good weather forecast, for me to keep a close eye on it and also have time to change the tyres, which I rarely have.
- fit the winter tyres when the temperature starts to drop and ride them all winter. This is the lazy option, it is more consistent but definitely more cycling effort. I’ve done this in the past and may do it this year.
- fit the winter tyres onto a second bike and ride that on the bad days (I don’t have a second bike that I would enjoy riding)
- fit the winter tyres on Bluebell and ride a normal bike on the warmer days (I don’t have a normal bike that I would enjoy riding)
Clearly the answer is to buy another bike that I would enjoy riding, unfortunately not this year, maybe next, until then I’ll be looking for warm weather, rain, or I’ll just fit the winter tyres and slog my way through winter instead.
I love a light snow shower. Before it freezes I love a thin layer of snow on my commute.
Altura Mayhem Full Finger Gloves
These are a bargain at £13.01 at time of posting, I own a pair and I have to say they are my favourite autumn gloves (which I still wear under warmer gloves in winter)… OK, I’m trying to resist filling my drawer with them, my other gloves have cost a lot more and aren’t any better.
The brakes got clogged (still worked though!):
Good job there’s no room for my mudguards on Bluebell with the winter tyres.
The Rohloff was unaffected (as you’d expect):
This round of snow is the wet kind, last Friday’s snow was the dry powdery kind. So I was pretty damn when I got in, but I love it.
A retrospective post about how the garden looked on 26th May.
The leeks remain unchanged, still looking like blades of grass and starting to be overtaken by grass and weeds. I’m a bit fearful of weeding them, I’m sure to pull out a lot of them in the process, so I’m going to leave them alone but as a result I’m not very hopeful of a worthwhile crop either. Mental note: next year plant in seed trays and then transplant when larger, that’ll give them a head start above the weeds.
The broccoli seedlings are starting to make themselves known and showing above the weeds:
Since this photo was taken I have weeded this area and the broccoli seedlings are looking healthy, I have lost a few, but still plenty to give a good crop.
The runner beans are climbing nicely:
The jam jar on the right is my beer trap for the slugs, they just keep coming.
And the potatoes have rocketed up:
And they’ve got even bigger since, the recent rain will aid them further.
Onions aren’t developing much, so nothing to report there.
Onto fruit, not a huge development, strawbs look plentiful, raspberries not showing as fruit just yet, but the biggest development is the Damson tree, we have fruit:
Ah, in this photo you can also see where I planted a few spare seed potatoes in the soil pile, they are growing well there too.
I’m planning on growing some lettuce too, I might be taking on too much, but I’m sure I’ll cope.
Posted in Gardening
Tagged Broccoli, Damson, Food, Green, Onion, Potato, Raspberry, RunnerBean, Strawberry, Summer, Weather
This morning I had a gusty tail wind and a real drive to get to work quickly as the rain wasn’t fun.
I knew I was going well, I felt strong and pushed hard.
13 miles in my speedo stopped working, it doesn’t like rain on the sensor for some reason, anyway, I had a look and my average speed was 17.48 MPH, well on track for the Tim record, gutted!
All I could go on was my estimated time of leaving and arriving, 1hr 6 minutes to do 18.5 miles, that’s 16.8 MPH, if you include stopping occasionally at lights and junctions then that’s bound to be over 17MPH rolling average.
Maybe next time.
See also New Tim record