September 30th – The first commute in darkness and bad weather of the autumn is always a shock, and this one was dreadful.
The Suck – the name for the gradually darkening, dangerous and unpleasant evening commutes up until Christmas – is a harrowing time.
A combination of bad weather, drivers unused to otherwise familiar journeys now in darkness and lack of patience make for a psychologically and physically difficult time to be on a bike.
It had taken a good ten minutes longer to grind home – and I was still a good way away. I was wet, cold and had a number of very close passes despite lights and hi-vis.
If I could just fast forward to Christmas when the light creeps back and people have settled down, that would be great cheers.