Friday, November 27, 2015

And turn those limpid eyes on mine

The photographs were taken on October 30th.

Yesterday I got the bicycle front light, Trelock LS 950 Control ION. I charged it up, and used it today during the commute. It is much better than the old one. And it should be, as the old one cost 10 euro, and this one 60 euro (at 40% discount).

Some reviews of the light have been negative, saying that the clamp (base) doesn't hold the light at all. Well, I think this is because they didn't read the instructions. You need to know how to do it right. Fixing the clamp to the handlebars doesn't need any tools and is quite fast, but you can easily do it wrong. I thought that the clamp looked a bit flimsy, but it is actually quite good, keeping the light firmly in place even when there are bumps on the road.

The best thing about the light are the quick and easy controls, the long duration of the battery (6 hours at max brightness and 45 hours at min), and the convenient shape of the beam. I used the max brightness only in the dark parts of the road, where there are no street lights, and elsewhere the min setting was good enough.

The light proved its worth already today. We had strong winds during the night, above 10 m/s. Debris from trees had fallen to the ground. One quite thick piece of a tree branch was laying across the road in a dark spot where there were no street lights.

I rode the bicycle for almost nine hours this week, and I'm feeling tired. Well, there is time to recover during the weekend.

(Posting title is from the poem The Buried Life by Matthew Arnold.)

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