Snow me the way to go home..

by jimmythecuckoo   January 3, 2010  

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My first ride of 2010 yesterday morning was certainly memorable.

It was frosty yet sunny as I pedalled through Yaxley before getting on to the Holme Road and taking a rare tailwind on the way out towards the fens. Where the sun hadn't risen above the hedges there was a crunch under the tyres but since I have upgraded to the Schwalbe "Blizzard" I wasn't fearing any 'slideage' (well not much).

The beaters for a local pheasant shoot were looking about as cold as I felt and I didnt see a bird for the whole ride which made me think there would have been slim pickings for them.

The road up Moonshine Gap isn't that hard in usual conditions. It is a nice friendly climb of about 2 miles up to the ridge on Bullock Road. There was a lot of frost on the road so I took the decision to pedal up seated... Making it to the top made me feel fairly good despite heavy legs from minimal riding recently.

Looking over towards Ashton the sunshine I was riding in looked to end and there was a bit of mist and what looked like rain just above the trees.

I thought about changing my plan but cracked on into the wind before a tail wind roar back to the crossroads at Washingley.

Straight on? (1 mile shorter and easier climb) or left? 

Of course I went left and within about half a mile was in the teeth of a gale and some bloody big snow flakes were battering me.

I went right towards the climb back to Haddon and found the first untreated road of the morning.

The road from Elton Furze to Haddon is the nearest thing Peterborough and its surrounding area has to a Flandrian berg. It takes a mile from the village to get to the peak in one direction but 400 metres coming back. It is about 10% and a bit of a leg breaker.

It was super icy and the snow fall was settling so I sat down, engaged bottom gear and just ground up. Slowly...

At the summit the visibilty was low and I was feeling the cold through my gloves and overshoes. Fortunately I had left myself a tail wind 5 miles home which despite some funny looks from motorists gave me the chance to get ahead of the storm so when it arrived back home I was drinking coffee in the conservatory.

Roll on summer eh?

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i ended up on my arse on new year's day on black ice, stuck to the main roads after that. love it when it's crisp like this though, not sure i'm ready for the months of drizzle before the sun shines weakly for a day or two.

wish we had proper snow as well. curse of the west country. although there's plenty over the bridge...

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7324 posts]
5th January 2010 - 0:07

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its coming down quite heavily in yate now dave. Going to crack out the helmet cam tomorrow and film my ride through the snow. Lovely!

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posted by Jon Burrage [1081 posts]
5th January 2010 - 14:47

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if the forecast is to be believed we're due about a foot of the stuff by tomorrow. yeah, we'll see. although it is snowing now.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7324 posts]
5th January 2010 - 15:00

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We are feeling very left out here in Oxfordshire. Seems from the news that the rest of the country has been buried under snow, but all we got was a light dusting of the stuff before Christmas. Loads of black ice, mind...

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8034 posts]
5th January 2010 - 15:17

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Nice picture form JTC, by the way - although if you want to borrow some hills, there's plenty round here you can have Wink

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8034 posts]
5th January 2010 - 15:24

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ah its stopping and starting again but the bbc say it will be snowing all night....will believe it when I see it!

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posted by Jon Burrage [1081 posts]
5th January 2010 - 15:32

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Spoke too soon. Snowing with a vengeance here now. The magic of road.cc, eh? Wink

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8034 posts]
5th January 2010 - 16:23

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Its snowed overnight here, quite a bit actually. Going to film a ride around bristol in a bit...going to be fun.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1081 posts]
6th January 2010 - 11:17

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got about 10cm here in bath. FGW had suspended bus services and B&NES council had closed all the schools before it even started snowing.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7324 posts]
6th January 2010 - 11:19

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Looking out the window, that sounds like good planning to me

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4136 posts]
6th January 2010 - 11:28

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yes I was told yesterday afternoon that ahlf of the schools in s-glos were going to be shut. Some shut and sent children home during a 20minute snow shower yesterday afternoon, its quite funny really.

FGW have no buses running here, nor do wessex connect. Apparantly driving on the main roads is great though because hardly anyone is out.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1081 posts]
6th January 2010 - 11:34

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my bike in snowy conditions, welcome to bristol.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1081 posts]
6th January 2010 - 16:12

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did you get to Yate on your Orbea or just a spin round the block?

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
6th January 2010 - 16:17

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a very ginger spin/slide down the road!

I am 'working from home today'. The office is closed apparantly but I have been pretty busy on my phone and emails...can get work done that has been out off.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1081 posts]
6th January 2010 - 16:22

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No mudguards?

Smile

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1245 posts]
11th January 2010 - 14:07

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JTC, no, not yet.

Talking of mudguards, I had a set of mr crud raceguards on my winter bike but both have snapped during rides.

What do people reccommend for road bikes? I want a guard that can fit under the brake callipers on a frame/fork that doesnt have mudguard mounts or fixings.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1081 posts]
11th January 2010 - 15:47

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I think your only other option for road bikes with tight clearances and no mounts are SKS race blades, they're not quite full guards and they stop just before the front brake though. I use the XL version as I use 25mm tyres on my winter commuter and they keep the majority of road muck off.

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posted by stuke [309 posts]
11th January 2010 - 16:29

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Yeah id thought of the sks ones, my only option most probably. I will give them a whirl.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1081 posts]
11th January 2010 - 17:18

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