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Primal fears Nov. 18th, 2002 07:02 pm
OK. Now that is actually *scary* cycling weather. Cycling along country roads with visibility under 10 metres. So much under, at times, that you can hardly see the sides of the road. Finding yourself slowing to a crawl because you can't see ahead. Motorists, fortunately, doing the same - although you can see them a way off from the glow of their headlights.

I don't think I've ever been quite so glad of the lighting systems on that bike. Using 3 of 4 headlamps and 3 of 3 taillamps I was actually fairly sure I could be seen from a decent distance (rather more than most cyclists, anyway).

The moisture in the air wasn't helping much though - so much was condensing on the rim of the bike that the dynamo headlight at first started flashing, and then copped out altogether (due to roller slippage). While it's only a backup, I prefer to have as much operational as possible in these situations. It took me a few minutes to realise that the front brake did a fairly decent job of clearing the rim of water.

It got a lot less dense in the town centre. Although I then had the problem of [irate swearing removed] unlit cyclists.

That said, it really wasn't the fear of collision that was getting to me. It was the altogether more primal fear of seeing only a few feet around you, going on memory and faith that what you're moving towards is still there. It's very, very spooky, especially since I've been seeing, uh, "entities" from the corner of my eye a lot since Samhain.


Still, safe home now. And aspirin for the ear - which I think is recovering, but just wants to ache a little today.

From: giolla
Date: November 18th, 2002 - 04:48 pm (Link)
But cycling in fog is fun.
Though I would rather have a better front light than my current LED thing.
From: wechsler
Date: November 18th, 2002 - 11:41 pm (Link)
But cycling in fog is fun.
Whne it's *that* foggy, I have to differ.

Though I would rather have a better front light than my current LED thing.
Sounds like a good plan, depending on how bright it is - some you can see a mile off, some you can only see after you've hit them.

Additionally, I prefer something that actually lights the road rather than just allowing you to be seen; the cateyes I have fill that purpose, but the battery life's poor (~1hr full power) and the cabling has its own problems.
From: giolla
Date: November 19th, 2002 - 02:32 am (Link)
Depends how much less than 10m it was.

Light wise, as most of my cycling on the upright is in central London at the moment I don't normally need more than a LED thing.
From: nevla
Date: November 19th, 2002 - 01:09 am (Link)
Whoah. I wouldn't like to have cycled about last night.
As it was i had to drive to Huntingdon, then back to RAF Whyton - then drive home.
Back roads to Huntingdon are dark and scary at the best of times without this spooky fog.
Still, i made it okay. I took my time, and as an example of the stupidity of the current generation people were *still* overtaking me at 55mph with visability less than 20 meters.