January 20th – One of the few hard frosts of the season so far greeted me as I left on my bike for work.
I was very, very glad on the cycleways of Telford particularly for the studded winter tyres: Surefooted and grippy as ever. There was a lot of black ice, and I never once felt unstable.
Sadly what did cause me problems was my back brake losing all bite: For some reason my pads chose this morning to wear completely out to the point at which they were just about useless. The crossover point between ‘These are OK’ and ‘Where’s my stopping power gone?’ was one braking action on a downhill.
The one set of conditions when you really need to leave the front brake alone and only use the back… Oh dear.
Luckily, there were no spills.