If the winter is going to be as bad as they say...

The forecasters say we are about to see artic conditions... what can we do to help?

by jimmythecuckoo   November 21, 2013  

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After such a lovely summer it was inevitable that the winter would grab us with its icy fingers and take hold. 

The autumn seems to have passed me by. I don't remember too many cool but pleasant mornings with a light breeze and turning leaves. The winter bike came out mid October but we seemed to have stormy skies and barren trees instantly. 

 

The forecast for the next week has softened considerably since last weekend when they, more or less, said it was going to be the end of the world. 

I wasn't going to take any chances so it was into the garage to fit a second mudguard to my bike. 

The Ass-Saver has been a brilliant investment. £6 is a bargain for dry and warm back and bum. If it was good enough for Lars Bak at this years Milan San Remo Blizzard-fest, its going to be perfect for the winter in the fens. 

The picture is proof... I am weather protected now.

 

 

 

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Ass-savers are antisocial! They protect you, but not anyone riding behind you.

Our autumn seems to be lasting forever!

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posted by PJ McNally [586 posts]
21st November 2013 - 9:36

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I ride a lot alone, but for those moments when I am in a group the second mudguard kicks in Big Grin

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1245 posts]
21st November 2013 - 11:53

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You just see a decent flap on the back of a mudguard these days...

People talk about being sociable with mudguards, but unless you have a massive flap, it really makes no difference to the ride behind whether you have guards or not.

Which reminds me, I must get myself a massive flap!

posted by Jimmy Ray Will [269 posts]
22nd November 2013 - 18:27

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Man wish my Allez '10 had mudguard mounts as I managed to snap the rear Race BLade Long through an unfortunate wheelie attempt on a bike path! Laughing

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posted by koko56 [319 posts]
26th November 2013 - 2:25

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Stop reading the Mail or the Express and winter will be just fine. If they predict Arctic conditions 12 times a year they will get one week right eventually.


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posted by bikeboy76 [1252 posts]
26th November 2013 - 19:02

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There is no scientific way to predict weather weeks and months ahead accurately. What we know is, it is likely to be very cold at points and surprisingly warm at others. We can also rely on us Brits complaining about the weather regardless of what it does (take the hot summer, for example, and people moaning about the heat!).

With regard to mudguards, I fall in the "use full guards and at least try to protect the rider behind" camp. I've got a pair of Crud RoadRacer Mkiis and they are brilliant. They also protect the front mech.

posted by harragan [22 posts]
28th November 2013 - 14:35

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"The forecasters say we are about to see artic[sic] conditions"
No, hacks do.
http://metofficenews.wordpress.com/2013/10/12/winter-forecasting-respond...

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posted by Dr.Galactus [18 posts]
29th November 2013 - 18:07

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Neither of those 'guards are going to do any good to anyone other than yourself. Ass Savers make sense for solo rides, and they look reasonably stylish. The other piece of plastic you have on there is just plain ugly. Looks like a nice classic frame, I thought you'd have known better Jimmy!

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posted by Low Speed Wobble [138 posts]
1st December 2013 - 9:07

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I'd kill for a front mudguard that fits a Ribble Gran Fondo (my commuting hack). I've tried loads of different pairs, and have an SKS raceblade on the back, but there just isn't enough clearance under the front fork, and the shape of them doesn't fit under the downtube Sad.

posted by kitsunegari [19 posts]
2nd December 2013 - 9:54

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Take a look at Portland Design Works Full Metal Fenders.

Full length with flaps and will fit most frames with or with eyelets.

You will need 23 tyres. They are easy to fit too.

Everyone who wants guards and sees mine would like some although I understand a week ago they were out of stock in the UK.

No rattles either on bad roads or putting your feet down on a climb or sprint.

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posted by willdeath [27 posts]
10th December 2013 - 6:37

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Get out of bed-look out of window - choose kit - ride.
Easy.
Met office states there is no way to predict long term weather patterns.

“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

― George Carlin

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posted by Cyclist [144 posts]
11th December 2013 - 23:00

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willdeath wrote:
Take a look at Portland Design Works Full Metal Fenders.

Full length with flaps and will fit most frames with or with eyelets.

You will need 23 tyres. They are easy to fit too.

Everyone who wants guards and sees mine would like some although I understand a week ago they were out of stock in the UK.

No rattles either on bad roads or putting your feet down on a climb or sprint.

Wow, really expensive but look qiality and frankly worth it if they last long term.

Just shame about this obsession with 23mm tyres... 25s are faster, comfier and grippier and I will not hear any arguments for 23s, because there are NONE! Big Grin

But really, wonder how much of it is to do with "because that's what we always used". Dono, 23s just feel scetchy to me after 25s.

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posted by koko56 [319 posts]
12th December 2013 - 0:18

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@koko56, I have 25's on my fixed for commuting and much prefer them to 23's on my roadie. Would love 25's but too little clearance on the roadie Sad

I got a set of Roadracer MKII's and they have been great, my roadie has such tight clearance but they just about fit Smile going to get a 2nd set for the fixed Smile

posted by Cycle_Jim [281 posts]
20th December 2013 - 17:55

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Yeah same goes for not having mudguard mounts on a lot of Alu "entry level" bikes... wish my Allez had some - I've had Crud MKIIs and they were pretty functional the only thing against them is the lack of sturdiness and consequential flopping about.

RaceBlade longs I've also tried and while sturdier they are still not as good as a set of guards with proper mounts due to all the little parts and fixtures... man I want a winter frame! Big Grin

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posted by koko56 [319 posts]
20th December 2013 - 21:45

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Still no sign of the arctic blitz of weather.

Might downgrade to a single mudguard now.

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1245 posts]
23rd January 2014 - 11:36

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