November 14, 2011 by welshcyclist
I thought, mistakenly, that I was sorted, wrt., pedalling through the dark mornings and evenings of winter. BUT! Saturday, I broke my RSP headlamp.
While I was carrying my Pioneer down the signalbox steps, to make my way home, after a dayshift, it fell off and fell down three flights of stairs. It was my fault, which makes the frustration far worse. A few weeks ago something went wrong with the on/off button, and so the headlamp was stuck permanently on. The only way to turn it off was to unscrew the lens, and leave it loose, yes, I know a disaster waiting to happen. Well, I got away with this practice for those few weeks, until Saturday evening, when I finally forgot to tighten the lens up. Hence its roll down the stairs, while I watched in despair.
Needless to say , “It don’t work anymore.”
The ride home,with just the torch type lamp on the front of the Pioneer, was a tense affair. No real problem through the lit up streets of Neath,but once I’d passed Aberdulais, and was on the B4242 winding my way back up the Neath valley, it was a far different story. I might, just as well, not had it on. If it wasn’t for the fact that the sky was clear and the full moon was shining down, I’d have been virtually blind.
Memory of the road, ingrained now, after what, perhaps five years of continuous commuting, got me home in one piece. One thing I’d like to comment on is the selfishness of the car drivers who passed me coming the other way. They all are unable to switch off their full beam, and seemed intent on blinding me. Everytime, I mouthed obscenities at them, as each passed. Fortunately, it was only half a dozen in the nine mile stretch.
If it hadn’t been for them, it would have been a very pleasant ride, using only the moonlight to guide me.
Now, once again, I have a problem, I simply cannot ride without getting a new front light, that can light my way, as well as make me very visible, on these dark roads.
The combination of the RSP and my torch type, though not great, did the job. What I need now, is a better but cheap one? And quickly!
I had to take the car yesterday, because it would have been foolhardy to try that trip again in the dark. I don’t want to have to drive again, this evening, when I double back for nights.