With the clocks going back this weekend now is the time to make sure you and your bike are prepared for winter. First thing to check is that you have a set of working lights. If not, we have a selection of front and rear lights to ensure you can see and be seen.
Over the past two months we’ve been testing what we believe to be the best affordable light we can get to illuminate your way in and around Witney and West Oxfordshire – the Union rechargeable LED headlight.
Our wish list:
- Powerful enough to be able to see your way on an unlit lane
- Not too powerful so that it has a reasonable runtime
- Does not blind people riding towards you
- Solid handlebar mount
- Battery low indicator
- Less than £25
The Union Rechargeable LED Headlight:
- Li-ion battery charged via a USB cable
- Rated light output of 30 Lux on its highest setting with a runtime of more than 4 hours
- Has a 50% setting to prolong battery life in urban areas
- Optics designed to cut off the beam (like dipped headlights)
- Mounting bracket fits all handlebars and adjusts horizontally as well as vertically
- Red warning LED to say it’s time to recharge
- £19 between now and Christmas or while stocks last
- Continuous runtime on the 100% light output setting was 5h53m
- Battery low indicator came on after 4h28m giving over an hour of warning
- Bright enough to see the way across Woodford Mill meadow in the dark
- Easy to slide on and off mounting bracket (make sure release clip is engaged when sliding it on)
- Battery low indicator glows green when charging and turns off when fully charged
To extend the battery life we recommend using the 50% setting when that’s sufficient and not recharging until the red warning LED comes on.
Get ’em while stocks last!
Health Warning: As well as the 100% and 50% settings there is also a flash setting which we don’t recommend you use unless you’re trying to attract the attention of a mountain rescue crew. With more people cycling, flashing lights will become increasingly more iritating to other cyclists and can cause problems for some people with conditions such as autism.
This is a thank you report for all the people who supported us over the last year. With your help we have moved into, and set up, our workshop; and launched a full programme of activities. For a brief overview of the year read on.
As part of the Big Bike Revival we are running free DIY workshop throughout June on Saturday mornings 9.30am – 12.30pm. If you would like to fix your bike but think you need a helping hand, you can use our stands and get help from expert mechanics and friendly volunteers. You will just have to pay for any parts that you use. Please book in by email stating which date and time you would like to come along, and what you would like to fix.
Sessions will be on 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th June from 9.30am – 12.30pm.
All our latest festive news here. Christmas opening, last minute presents, new year courses and opportunities.
We are expanding and need another enthusiastic instructor to join our team to work in West Oxfordshire schools. Please see the attached job description for more information. If you are interested please get in touch.
We are moving to our new workshop on 18th August. It is really exciting, and quite daunting. Here is 152b Corn Street, a place soon to be transformed into a fully accessible workshop. For the rest of August we will just be open on Saturdays from 10am – 2pm. New opening hours will start mid September.
The workshop will be closing for Christmas from the 19th December until the 13th January, so just two Saturdays left to come and buy a bike, lights, locks and puncture repair kits from us. Look out our shop page for the bikes we have for sale too.
We are having a big push to sell all the bikes that have been refurbished by volunteers from all walks of life. Each bike is fully checked by a qualified mechanic before being released for sale. If you are looking for a great value round town bike we probably have the thing for you. We have a selection of men’s, women’s and children’s bikes in both hybrid and mountain bike styles. Bikes are listed on our Facebook page, and are available for viewing and sale on Tuesdays and Saturdays 10am – 2pm.
Our September newsletter is out now. We have information on the Tour of Britain, our Bike Jumble and updates on our workshop and Bikeability work.