Wednesday 10th February, 2016 – ten green bottles …..; beautiful starlit night for ride to Looe and The Fisherman’s Arms; ongoing issues around visibility

Seven green cyclists ped’lin in a row; seven green cyclists ped’lin in a row; and if one green cyclist should accidentally blow (with poor Connie’s puncture near Dobwalls) there’ll be six green cyclists ped’lin in a row.

Six green cyclists ped’lin in a row; six green cyclists ped’lin in a row; and if one green cyclist should go back to get his car (when Steve kindly offered to fetch his car for our punctured participant) there’ll be five green cyclists ped’lin in a row.

Five green cyclists ped’lin in a row; five green cyclists ped’lin in a row; and if one green cyclist should accidentally fall (when Ann K hit the deck somewhere near Trewidland) there’ll be four green cyclists ped’lin in a row.

In reality, this was a dry starlit night and a good ride to Looe.  Ann and David Byfield had sensibly brought their mountain bikes to cope with the aftermath of Storm Imogen but some of the rest of us fell foul of the debris on the roads and cycle tracks.  In my case, I had stupidly attempted to take a drink on the move and then had been unable to cope with the potholes and mud which appeared in front of me.  (Moral:  save the drinking on the move for the summer, when you can see where you are going!)  In spite of all this, it was a good ride and it was so lovely that Connie and Steve had popped home to change and joined us in the Fisherman’s Arms for our Wednesday evening catch up.

As a group we have worked hard on our visibility at night – as well as ensuring that our lights are good enough – and I am now confident that we can be seen very well from the back.  We have had feed back today, however, from a driver who had watched us approach from a junction and could not work out what we were.  She could see our front lights but these were so bright they obscured our fluorescence.  She has asked us to take another look to see if we can add something to our front/side profiles to improve our visibility and to make it clearer to other road users that we are a group of cyclists.

Fishermans Arms Looe - Feb 16

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