With the days getting shorter I thought I should get out my lights for the bike. My front light was fine, but despite new batteries and no obvious signs of corrosion, the back light didn’t work at all.
I spotted some nifty cycle helmets in a sports shop window and went in. The music was high volume disco, and I wondered for a moment if there was an aerobics class going on at the back of the shop.
The assistant approached me from behind the counter as I looked around. he smiled, but didn’t say anything. I said I was looking for bicycle accessories. He led me to a display case and I looked at it expectantly, but could only see darts and spare flights. Puzzled, I turned to him and once more he waved a generous hand at the display case.
‘Bicycle accessories,’ I repeated, as loudly as seemed polite.
‘We don’t stock bicycle accessories,’ he said.
It was my turn to gesture. ‘You have helmets,’ I yelled.
‘Oh yes,’ he replied calmly. ‘We have those bicycle accessories, but not any others.’
I thought of attaching some colored feathers to the back of my bike, but I didn’t think it would really work as well as a rearlight.