Who's braving the Arctic winds then?

by purplecup   November 21, 2008  

metcheck tells me that we're unlikely to get much above 1°c round our way on saturday. should i be in the shed fitting wood screws to my tyres? Devil

Seriously though, who's going to brave it? and what are your best survival tips? my feet always fare the worst, overshoes or no overshoes they're numb after about a hour Sad anyone tried those electrically heated socks you can get from certain rubbish mail-order catalogues?

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I'm taking my wheel out for a blow - going to layer up big time and try out some thermal overshoes that I bought last year but were too warm whenever I used them.
Though actually it's my paws that suffer most Crying

Spinning on a wheel

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posted by Hammy [97 posts]
21st November 2008 - 15:49


I am going to brave the wind, snow, sleet and fens... But you are not enthusing me!

I see Metcheck has a cycling forecast now

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1348 posts]
21st November 2008 - 16:00


I had plans to try and get some metric century points on the board, there were supposed to be three of us, but now it's only me and I'm wavering… on the other hand we've just had a really nice looking Orbea in, that fits me,  and although it's going to be cold the forecast has suddenly changed to sun around here.

So how does the Metcheck cycling forecast differ from the normal one?

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
21st November 2008 - 16:27


the 'sweat index' of zero presumably means a 'freezing my ass off' index of at least eight then Devil Devil

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posted by purplecup [233 posts]
21st November 2008 - 16:35


heading out whatever the weather brings. Tried half hour in the gym mid week and it is was ruddy awful, mainly due to the incredibly uncomfy saddle. No nice ladies to look at either. A tortuous (is that a word?) 10miles.

The Man In Black.

posted by gandberg [215 posts]
21st November 2008 - 16:38


I plan some extended experiments into the thermal dynamics involved in riding a bicycle in a freezing gale.

Looking forward to it Big Grin

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posted by Denzil Dexter [141 posts]
21st November 2008 - 16:44


That was a tad blustery out there!

Still I had a nice ride and the first time this year to roll out the Rapha winter hat again. I love that hat, so had nice warm ears and head, toes weren't quite the same though.

Another point for the century challenge, and looks like my 2 midweek interval sessions are paying off as the first 30 miles I did at TT pace and was up on previous times by a fair bit. Also rode some cheeky sort off my wheel when he jumped on uninvited as I passed him and proceeded to hang on the back with no word of gratitude or offer of taking the front. Chuffed with that as I was riding into a 20mph headwind at the time...

Complicating matters since 1965

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posted by DaSy [693 posts]
22nd November 2008 - 18:33


Well, my experiment was a failure because it was neither cold nor windy, just damp. So much for the "Arctic plunge"
Good ride though Smile

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posted by Denzil Dexter [141 posts]
22nd November 2008 - 19:28


tony_farrelly wrote:
So how does the Metcheck cycling forecast differ from the normal one?

not much from what I can see, it is more compact focusing on the wind direction and speed.

If you want longer range information though, it requires you to upgrade to premium at £3.95 per month.

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1348 posts]
25th November 2008 - 13:04


It was pretty damn cold, windy, wet and snow covered on the roads of Flanders this weekend.

Although, the racing at the Ghent Six was fantastic and the Super Prestige cross (won by Sven Nys of course) on sunday was a complete whiteout - didn't stop them racing in shorts and short sleeves though!

Now I see why the Belgians are the true hardmen of cycling.

posted by ourmaninthenorth [93 posts]
25th November 2008 - 17:44