Reverence: Daylight Saving Time

Not too many people espouse the virtues of Daylight Saving Time, much less chose to write about it every bloody year. But Daylight Saving Time is my favorite day of the year, no question. Better than Christmas, Sinterklaas, or my birthday. Combined. The reason is simple: Daylight Saving is the day of the year when it becomes feasible to once again ride after work without headlights.

To be a Cyclist is to be a student of sacrifice; everything is given for the sake of becoming better at our chosen craft. We risk life and limb when we set ourselves upon the streets to take flight amongst the motor traffic like a gazelle amongst the lions. In winter, we often do this with the further risk of darkness, limiting our range of vision and our visibility to drivers who are much more likely to be texting than I care to imagine.

While there are some liberating aspects to riding and training at night, Daylight Saving Time frees us from the grip of darkness and affords us the opportunity train once again in afternoon daylight without requiring excessive amounts of Calendar Tetris in order to sneak out of the office while the sun still hangs above the horizon. From Sunday onward, it is Open Season on training and the path towards summertime fitness opens up before us.

Most crucially, Daylight Saving Time means the days lengthen enough to once again allow the afternoon training rides to become the karmic neutralizer of the daily grind. Vive la Vie Velominatus.

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82 Replies to “Reverence: Daylight Saving Time”

  1. Here down under Daylight savings is about to leave us, makes me a bit melancholy. I’m just not a morning person so after work rides are awesome. Last night I got in 50 km and 1700 vertical metres in 27 degrees, taking full advantage of the few weeks we have left!

    Despite the fact that the cows get out of synch, my curtains fade more and the grass grows more I love it.

  2. @frank

    @Rigid

    How’s the training going Frank? Guns of Navarone rippling? The Welli-minati have had a summer season of long rides and are now engaging in after work intensity sessions up and down burg sized hills. Should be a force to be reckoned with.. There has to be a bonus from living on the upside down side of the world – not to mention crisp tan lines

    Yeah, my training has been perfect assuming my goal is to spend a lot of time at the back of the bunch.

    Training use to be about being at the front of the bunch. Not so much anymore it is more about being in the middle unnoticed and being able to sneak up and dish out some V when needed and then slip back into the mix.

  3. @frank

    @DeKerr

    There’s no better way (that I’ve found) to test an assertion than to try to explain it to a 5-6 year old and see if they grasp the concept or rationale behind it. DST does not hold up.

    Did you find that, or did you read it from a quote by Einstein?

    If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.
    -Albert Einstein

    Having spent much of my adult, working life trying to explain complicated things to other people—college students, usually, not just police officers and judges—I spent most of that life having to believe that the ability to explain was bound up with the ability to understand. Now that I have to do that kind of thing only a couple of days a week, I’ve come accept what I believed all along: that belief is bullshit.

    Thought experiment: ask a highly intelligent professional bike racer to explain to a highly intelligent six year old what it means to become a professional bike racer. Now ask the six year old what it takes to become a professional bike racer.

  4. @frank

    That’s all fine, but the consequence was the black metal hard-drive that was laying in the bike lane which I hit squarely at about 40kmph. It had gone unnoticed between the headlight cone and my distraction at the mess.

    How did you know what kind of music was on the drive? That Darkthrone logo is unreadable when it’s standing still, let alone at 40kph.

  5. @Rom

    Daylight savings is rubbish. It finally starts to get light in the mornings, then they wind the clocks forward and you’re in the dark again. Plus it’s hotter for longer in the evening.

    luckily we’ve (the sane people) have voted it out several times.

    stuffs up the cows too.

    And the curtains fade and the chooks stop laying eggs

    1
  6. @Nate

    @frank

    @camo

    here in nor-cal road squid season is in full effect.

    WTF?

    Seconded.  Is this a reference to newt making season?

    Squids = Squirrely kids, according to sportbike riders I’ve been around.

  7. @frank

    Winter bike… is good. What I really like is the look of your workshop/temple, that looks pro.

    I am based in Vienna, Austria and have very nice bike paths and infrastructure that unfortunately become totally covered in grit at the first sign of ice/snow, so after about 5 flats and hearing all those dings am now very happy to switch to the indestructible winter bike for that time period.

  8. Forgive me father for I have sinned.  It has been over 3 months since my last ride, the darkness brought shadows and in the shadows there lurked something called a swimming pool.  I spent long months in the shadows until last week when a ray of sun peaked through the dim winter light and I went out on my bike.  And Oh how had I forgotten the joy of turning the cranks!  The legs are a little spongy but the lungs are good and the weight has stayed off.

    I would say I was back

    on track except after Thursdays ride and another on Saturday, Sunday showed me how those endless laps in the pool had sapped my powers of concentration and bike handling skills….(The prophet has punished me for my transgressions)

    Roll on DST!

  9. @frank

    @DeKerr

    DST – originally postulated by Ben Franklin (an otherwise intelligent chap) to save candles. This makes it more archaic than wood hoops and less practical. Recent studies demonstrate that it doesn’t save energy and just generally fucks with people’s live. Good summary on the general fuckery here:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2015/03/time-to-kill-daylight-saving/387175/

    Fuck changing the clocks twice a year – fuck it into a dark place where it shall never see the light of day again.

    Changing the clocks? That’s your beef? Been guzzling the Anti-V, have we? All but my oven clock are connected to the interwebs and set themselves.

    That said, I upgraded my router this weekend and had to reconnect all my devices to the network with my strong password. That blew the big one because many are Apple TV’s and I have to enter the password via a remote.

    I had understood it was actually devised to keep people at the retail stores for longer and help boost the economy.

    I have an opinion on this.

    Apparently so!

    I’m curious about this “strong password.” Having lived with a website designer/programmer for a bit…goddamn, you lads like your strong passwords. I know the thing by heart by I still have to speak it aloud whenever I re-enter it.

    And, I’m glad I’m not the one getting the stick here, since I often am. Nice work on setting him straight! I had to reset my Casio wristwatch; it took to clicks. Buck up, DeKerr. However, I do appreciate the sincere feelings on this. It’s difficult to get real emotion out of folks these days; they’d rather just get back to sending their text message.

  10. @1860

    @frank

    btw… that is a very long seat post.

    Yer new here, kid. Well established opinion. However, Frank’s stance on this opinion is well-vetted, hours of saddle time by a known genius on Pillar Positioning.

  11. @frank

    @Ron

    Holy fack, I need a karmic equalizer this week!

    While the light for training rides is awesome, I have to say that I’m even more pumped to avoid having to cyclocommute home in the dark. Not very fun. Even when I can’t leave on time, plenty of light. It’s awesome! Started my new job in October, so things seem a lot better with DST.

    Yeehaw!!

    There is some mental wear and tear that comes with arriving at work in the dark and leaving in the dark. By bike. In wet clothes. It also makes you feel like a truly committed disciple. But the sunlight – at least on the ride home – is a welcome companion.

    Yes, indeed. Mental wear this winter was present. We had a few decent weeks of cold, rain, snow and ice. It felt like the northeast. I found myself getting pissed off having to sort out so many clothes, gloves, hats, shades, etc., then dry them all daily.

    It nearly broke me. I almost complained about the weather. I’m truly becoming a Southerner, I was tired of winter in early March. My parents just went back to upstate NY after a month in Florida. Conditions: 3′ of snow, 6*F. Ouch.

  12. @PeakInTwoYears

    @frank

    @DeKerr

    There’s no better way (that I’ve found) to test an assertion than to try to explain it to a 5-6 year old and see if they grasp the concept or rationale behind it. DST does not hold up.

    Did you find that, or did you read it from a quote by Einstein?

    If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.
    -Albert Einstein

    Having spent much of my adult, working life trying to explain complicated things to other people—college students, usually, not just police officers and judges—I spent most of that life having to believe that the ability to explain was bound up with the ability to understand. Now that I have to do that kind of thing only a couple of days a week, I’ve come accept what I believed all along: that belief is bullshit.

    Thought experiment: ask a highly intelligent professional bike racer to explain to a highly intelligent six year old what it means to become a professional bike racer. Now ask the six year old what it takes to become a professional bike racer.

    Uh, The Five?

  13. @Rigid

    @frank

    Aw come on.. When Museeuw attacks on the Carrefour you’ll be the first to go after him, how could you not

    Those are two different things, as you well know.

    Can’t fucking wait.

    @1860

    @frank

    Winter bike… is good. What I really like is the look of your workshop/temple, that looks pro.

    I am based in Vienna, Austria and have very nice bike paths and infrastructure that unfortunately become totally covered in grit at the first sign of ice/snow, so after about 5 flats and hearing all those dings am now very happy to switch to the indestructible winter bike for that time period.

    Excellent point!

  14. @frank

    @RonTo all of this: yes.

    Ha, I actually have the habit of asking my good friends so many things at once…they often answer with a “yes” and let me sort it out! You’re onto me, Frank!

    On another note, how about the terrible news about Boonen’s elbow? I can’t imagine training that hard for a handful of races and…bam, done. Fingers crossed though that maybe he’ll target the Worlds and I’ll get to see that dude in Richmond in six months. I’m sure I’m not the only one going, but I’ll offer to fly the V-Flag. I’m 2.5 hours from Confederacy Capital.

  15. And I should clarify my position on the fuckedness that is DST – I prefer the current orientation of the clock (more light in the evening) but soundly reject having change said orientation twice per year.

    We’re in a good place now… let’s stick with it.

  16. @ShawnB

    As I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted by my iPhone, the personage I had in mind was the noted amateur newt-fancier, Augustus Fink-Nottle.

  17. @frank

    @Deakus

    Ouch. Hope the bike is alright, you look fine.

    @Ron

    To all of this: yes.

    In summary and to my shame:

    1.  Cycling partner had to ride on the last 3km to fetch the car, my bike was unserviceable roadside.  No medical treatment required except a half a cup of Rule #5.  New rear mech on order (still have the N1 this was my rain bike)

    2.  The crash was entirely my fault, loss of concentration coming in to a climb and stood up, bike moved slightly left and in to a roadside rut…

    3.  Just roadrash all healing well, although the thigh is still a bit sticky,  I will be riding again this weekend.

    4.  Not going anywhere near the pool…my season has begun,  I will be peaking in 2 months…

  18. Thank Merckx DST is here! In WI it marvelously coincided with a noticable rise in temps to solid 40s and 50s. Amazing how in the fall these temps feel chilly, but in March they feel amazing.

  19. I had a friend called Billy who worked in one of those specialty labs that processed photo film back in the days before it all went digital.  For five months each year Billy cycled to work in the dark; worked all day in a dark room; and went back home in the dark on his bike.  At weekends, sunlight was shunned because of the shock and the blinds at Billy’s apartment remained firmly closed – like his mind.  Last I heard, Billy had moved from London to settle in East St Louis and has his own blues show on a local radio station.  I understand it’s all dark in there too.  Ain’t never bin so I can’t confirm.

  20. @wiscot

    Thank Merckx DST is here! In WI it marvelously coincided with a noticable rise in temps to solid 40s and 50s. Amazing how in the fall these temps feel chilly, but in March they feel amazing.

    I too think the loss of 1 hour of sleep is awesome and glorious if it means more sunshine.  Whatever it takes to maximize that is what counts.  The day we moved clicks forward seemed to break the lock of cold weather here… Until it started snowing today.

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