Garry’s choice of front light is the Busch & Müller IQ2 Lumotec Luxos u which arguably has one of the brightest and widest beams on the market, although Garry doesn’t ride very much at night it does come in handy when he does get caught out!
The Busch & Müller has a very handy handlebar switch that is used to switch the light on and off and is also used to switch between the different light modes of daytime running light, panorama light and floodlight.
There is also a very handy extra cable coming out of the remote switch that gives you the ability to be able to charge a phone or almost any other electrical device that has a USB port. That comes in particularly handy when you’re mainly camping and don’t have easy access to electricity.
After three years of trouble-free use, Garry’s Lumotec developed a problem and was unable to charge his phone, which as we all know is a major problem these days, considering that we all seem to run our lives by them now! So Garry got in contact with Busch & Müller who asked him to send it to them.
Unfortunately, Busch & Müller were unable to fix the light so as a goodwill gesture they sent a brand new Lumotec light in its place, despite the old one being three years old and totally out of any warranty or guarantee, what excellent customer service!
The new Lumotec is now on Garry’s bike ready for use on his next tour where I think there will have to be a spot of night riding just to give it a try, although I’m almost certain that Garry will be using it for charging his phone long before any night riding!
Garry’s original bike that he first started cycle touring on was a Marin Palisades Trail mountain bike which he brought in 1992.
In 2002 when Garry gave up smoking he started cycling as a way of keeping his mind off the cigarettes! Garry was always a keen cyclist, but now after giving up the cigarettes, he was cycling a lot more.
After giving up the fags for a month, Garry added the racks and some panniers making it more of a hybrid bike!
After making his Marin into more of a hybrid bike, Garry went on his first long-distance cycle ride! An 80-mile bike ride along the coast to Dorset! And the rest, as they say, is history!
Although Garry doesn’t use the Marin for touring anymore, Garry still rides it every day.