I’m working from home today and tomorrow. That means I get up at my normal time and do a pedal. This morning I was going to do a 20 miler to Edgbaston tunnel and back via the canal and NCR5. The operative word there being “was.”
My head hit the pillow last night, next thing I know it’s 0715hrs. I must have been tired, or as wifey said “you obviously needed it!” Whatever, I’ll do a quick spin around the block later to keep on with the 30 days of biking challenge.
Yesterday’s pedal home was against a right old headwind. It also contained a few incidents, while not life threatening as such, certainly gives you some idea as to how much consideration some motorists give cyclists. I’ll let this short video demonstrate far better than I can describe.
On the subject of safety, after the Topsoil wagon incident last week which was the first non contact incident I’ve had that truly scared me, I realised that if I’d have been crushed under its wheels no one would have a scooby who I was. I don’t carry my wallet with me as I don’t carry money, (other than some small change) as I can’t trust myself to not get crap food. So consequently I haven’t any ID.
I brought this from Amazon so I’m always identifiable. It’s a self adhesive label/container type thing that you stick to your lid and carries a small piece of paper that has your ID, address, medical info, contact details and Next of Kin info on it. A brilliant idea. Now I can go out on my bike and get killed with impunity safe in the knowledge that my loved ones will be informed post haste.
This is what it looks like on my lid.
And a close up.
The little kit comes with various other little reflective stickers that you can sprinkle liberally over your lid for even better visibility. What I would say is to use some little alcohol wipes or similar to clean your lid before you stick the stuff onto your lid. I’m sure the adhesive is sufficient, but better to be safe than sorry.
I’d recommend them to anyone.