Maybe I'm being optimistic, but the onset of British Summer Time last weekend, for me really represented an axe felling the whole winter phase of cycling. Drawing a line to end the cold, dark & short winter days, simultaneously welcoming the warm, sunny, long summer evenings.
Of course, I'm wrong on both counts - neither seasonal stereotype is right... This IS England; Summer will have ample rain showers, and to be honest winter was not bad at all, in fact I find colder ambient temperatures complementary to cycling.
The daylight is a positive improvement though. Being able to cycle to and from work in good visibility daylight, is a refreshing benefit for me. Incidentally I would consider now to be a great time of year for anyone considering starting cycle commuting.
- Temperatures are pleasant and rising, so buying special winter clothing is not so important.
- More daylight = better visibility, and less reliance on bike lights.
- Failed all your NYE resolutions? got plump? going on a beach holiday soon?
- Commuting by bike is far more interesting than any other transport I've tried!