Wednesday, 3 November 2010

It's autumn

Despite the fact it is November it has been fairly warm in London this week so I am enjoying biking while it lasts. The clocks went back at the weekend so it means I don’t leave home without my lights. There will be another vote in Parliament this winter to decide whether the UK clocks should continue to go back an hour. Once upon a time I said that they shouldn’t but now I am a morning person and I don’t like it being so dark until after 7.30 am.

I have not forgotten about the posts on bike bags, but I am not happy with the photos I have taken so I may do a re-shoot if I can.

11 comments:

wee folding bike said...

Try living in Scotland. It gets dark here around 1500 hrs in December.

We had that full time GMT+1 experiment 40 years ago.

Leslie said...

You take care, now. Statistically, the days around the Autumn clock-change are some of the most dangerous on the roads. I witnessed an accident yesterday involving four wheels versus two. Thankfully, no-one was hurt, but it's always a shock. I would vote for 'one year, one time'.

cyclingonbrompton said...

it's still dark at 07:30 ?

Cycling in Heels said...

No. The sun is up at around 7am, but that will change over the next couple weeks and by the end of the November the sun will not rise until after 7.30am.

wee folding bike said...

There is an application called SunGraph which will tell you when the sun rises and sets. You need to set your lat/long. It's free.

http://www.analemma.com/SunGraph/index.html

Cycling in Heels said...

Thanks WFB. I will check this out as I want to know the day when the days really start getting longer again as I think the shortest day occurs after the 21 Dec.

wee folding bike said...

Winter Solstice is December 21.

In London you get sunrise at 0903 and sunset at 1653.

In Glasgow we get 0946 and 1645 respectively.

The earliest sunset is Dec 15th and the latest sunrise is Dec 29th. The day lengths are not symmetrical around mid day for technical reasons to do with the Equation of Time. It involves the rotation of the Earth and the shape of our orbit.

You can Google for analemma or equation of time if you want to pass an idle hour or so. The fastest change happens around the equinoxes and it flattens out near the solstices.

Gareth said...

I've invested in a pair of ankle length Seal Skinz Goretex socks for the rainy season as I was fed up of not finding a pair of normal shoes that would stop the water getting in during a ride in heavy rain. So far so good- two rides in heavy rain and my feet were dry as a bone wearing canvas slip-ons.

Cycling in Heels said...

Sun rise at 9am! I guess I don't notice because I am running around getting ready for Christmas and then the New Year.

Gareth I have been lucky with my boots. I have never had wet feet.

cyclingonbrompton said...

I have been to central london for the last week. i don't understand how can you get in the tube with your bike in rush hour.
It's so crowded i can't understand how can you get in with the brompton bike.

Cycling in Heels said...

It is not easy. I am able to travel at different times and I will avoid the very crowded routes.