I was all set to travel home yestserday on a dark wet and foggy night untill.... Wheeled the bike out of work, saddled up and pushed off ony for the headlight to bounce out of its mounting and hit the concrete paving. Bloody thing only went out on the third bounce, bulb filament shocked to destruction. Of course, my spare light was warm and dry - and at home.
The first part of my journey (about a mile) is on a completely unlit country lane. I could barely see my hand in front of my face. The hedge-road boundary was barely visible as a guide and it was just posible to trundle along at (I'm guessing) 8-10mph. Terrifying .
The shame part of this story? Once I got back into town, an constant barrage of sarky "where's your lights" from every Tom Dick and Harry and a near miss with a motorist at a roundabout (similar comment included). I felt such a fool - wanted to explain the problem but of course who cares or is going to listen?
The happy ending:- Luckily, I just found an inexpensive source of near-replacement bulbs (almost 1/4 the price, so I ordered 10 ). They have a slightly higher current rating, but since I replaced the stock NiCads with high capacity NiMH cells I still have plenty of "burn time". I also will not be leaving home without the spare lamp....