I know it is the height of Summer for some of you but I have just started to get ready for my winter riding. Just dug the leggings out from the Cupboard and checked for no holes in critical places on them, Found the Knickers(Long legged bibs that go just below the knees), but they have a hole in the knee that needs a patch on it after my last off on the Tandem, Found the roubaix top to go with the lighweight fleece that, if I can find it, will go in the waterproof top. Then the goretex and although this is 8 years old- still looks in pristine condition and is still waterproof. The bike has had the seat tube greased and all the cables have been checked for rust and crud.
Only leaves the lights now and I have had enough of riding on candle power. I have just ordered a new front light. This is the DGS BLX of the lighting world. A Fully enclosed sealed unit with battery enclosed in the lamp so no separate battery and leads to cause problems. I saw this light in use last year on an organised night ride and they are fantastic. Only 2 x 5w luxeon bulds- in other words 2x 5watt bulbs- but these are the toprated Led's. How they can call it a 5w bulb but it gives out 3 times as much power I have never understood- and it is the same with the HID bulbs in use on the normal high powered lamps. Battery life will be fine for our Midweek rides on full power so no excuse for hitting the trees any more. Then if I want to do the extended rides then 8 hours of life should be long enough. Cost of them is not cheap But I went to my LBS and gave him the chance of supplying me at the same price. He met the price so no problem. Normal retail is about $630 but I can get them for $540 and he matched the price. Bl**dy He"". I can get a new bike for the price of this lamp, but if it stops my pilot on the Tandem trying to conserve battery life by switching them off on the slow uphills and taking the wrong path and giving us a 5 mile detour to refind the trail, then I will be happy.