Posts in Category: cycling

Bouffant Wind Scale

Meteorological scales like Beaufort are an essential part of tasks such as building, shipping or rigging work where real people regularly face conditions which truly threaten life, but there’s a class of First World Problems that could benefit from a more refined scale to which everyday people can relate, and which answers essential questions, such as:

When cycling to work on a windy day, how presentable will your hair be immediately upon arrival at the office ?

Inspired by Scary Duck’s awesome Scaryduckworth-Lewis rating method, I’ve done my bit with this helpful guide:

  1. No maintenance required: perfect turnout
  2. Some light work need, but fingers generally enough
  3. Comb and/or brush work needed
  4. Requires a mirror*, comb and/or brush
  5. Requires comb/brush, water and a mirror
  6. A mirror, product and/or hairspray essential
  7. Showertime – nothing else can help
  8. An emergency Marine buzz-cut is the only thing possible for your Gorgon-scaring coiffure

(* Of course, cameraphones turned to Selfie are optional if over 40, de rigueur if under)

Right, now to get that onto the BBC/ITV weather, hopefully before the Pollen count.

Original image © Mike Baird

LED cycle lights

First pass 12V lighting system for my bike: front is a 15W 3 LED DRL cluster, and the rear is four strips of silicon dipped 12V LED’s with a common 12V 3Ah battery pack under the saddle.

Things still to do: improve the wiring so it’s waterproof (!) and also find out how long the battery pack lasts, as well as investigating the white LED strips for front running lights (town visibility, rather than out-of-town road coverage).

I’m also seriously considering removing a rear strip, or making the centre two run off a 1Hz flash circuit, as a quick test last night showed that the front was about the same as my 270lm Cree, but with a better edge-to-edge falloff whilst the rear was getting on for car fog light brightness, which is a little more anti-social than I was aiming for.