For a little while now I’ve been lusting after a new bicycle. I currently have my heart set on a Triobike. The main reason I want a new bike is because the kids are getting too tall to fit under the rain tent in Busby. However Bakfiets, makers of Busby, recently released a taller version of their tent and so rather than buying a new bike, I bought a new rain tent instead. Here it is:
There’s quite a bit of head room in there now although I think the kids are still too tall to sit on the seat. They currently sit on cushions on the floor of the bike. The new rain tent is great though because it has zips on both sides which act as windows. These won’t get much use over the winter but in summer they’ll be very useful. There are times when it’s too hot with the tent on but too cold with it off completely. The zips should make it just right.
I still might get a new bike at some stage but not in the near future. The Triobike is 10kg lighter and that appeals to me. However there are benefits to keeping Busby and these are:
- Busby might get upset if I replace him.
- I don’t think anyone will steal him because he’s old and rusty whereas a new bike might be more attractive to thieves.
- I’ve spent quite a bit of money on him getting puncture-proof tyres and other things.
Yesterday I discovered that the NHS pays for homeopathic prescriptions. I do not think this is a good way to spend NHS money especially given it is under strain. Please note that I am being very restrained here. The revelation that the NHS pays for homeopathic prescriptions got me rather worked up. What were they thinking! People are still free to seek homeopathic treatments if they want but not at tax-payer expense.
A co-worker shared this funny YouTube clip about a homeopathic A&E. The patient dies, but they did their best 🙂