Being a big girls blouse as it is too cold to ride...who is brave and riding in the cold?

by Fish_n_Chips   December 17, 2011  

So who is still riding out there in -2C?

You are my hero if you are!

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Did 9 miles commuting at 0645 in driving snow on Friday it may not have been quite -2C but I did feel fairly hardcore. Punctured in the middle of nowhere in freezing temeratures in the dark on the Friday night on the week before. Thanks to the man from Twenty3c who stopped to help me out as I was losing hope along with the feeling in my fingers.

Ah! Condor

posted by Bedfordshire Clanger [304 posts]
18th December 2011 - 1:46

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Yep. I'm out there was -6 the other morning. On another note cycled all of last winter and it was -20 most days!!! Even chanced it in the big winds until flatmates hid my bike Sad

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posted by giff77 [958 posts]
18th December 2011 - 3:32

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Only had one ride this year in minus figues temp so far however I must learn not to ignore the 'road liable to flooding' signs at this time of year though...

posted by lazyusername [140 posts]
18th December 2011 - 8:45

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Did my 18 mile each way occasional commute yesterday morning at 5am. It was plenty cold enough but of more immediate concern was the glistening of the icy road. With a chance of snow this morning I have elected to bring the tin box instead.
As a committed metric century challenger I've already been out and logged a ton this month along with a couple of 80+ rides when the wind was blowing. Wrap up properly and get out there.

posted by carlgrz [51 posts]
18th December 2011 - 9:37

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Been raining where I am but might sneak out after the final whistle!

At least the ice has gone!

You riders are great motivators!

I like my bike but it needs a hidden 25cc motor Smile

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posted by Fish_n_Chips [325 posts]
18th December 2011 - 14:11

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not been super cold round bath yet, but did go out for 2hrs on sat and there was still frost in the shade at 3pm when we got back... bonfire warmed me up though Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7028 posts]
18th December 2011 - 18:01

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Ah Bath/Bristol I miss the hills :**(

Just got back from some training bit cold!
Wheezing now from beating my personal
times by 10 secs lol.

It was nice to see the Sun! Smile

Murdered some Jaffa cakes when home...

I like my bike but it needs a hidden 25cc motor Smile

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posted by Fish_n_Chips [325 posts]
18th December 2011 - 18:15

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I was out for a couple of hours yesterday (Saturday, just south of Salisbury) but there was so much black ice it was scary - losing lots of traction on the wheel and those times I put my feet on the ground felt even more slippy.

We going to climb a local hill (Dean Hill) but seeing a white van come a cropper at the bottom made me turn around and go home.

I love my bike but going out yesterday was just a bad idea. Particularly frightening to feel my wheel slipping then seeing cars coming toward me at speed, just not worth it.

Pete

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posted by PeteH [159 posts]
18th December 2011 - 21:29

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Just above zero for the commute some mornings last week.

Managed to get out for a 25-miler in 5°C today, though with a cold NW wind. It was nice to be riding in sunlight for a change and the snow on the Berwyn hills was very picturesque Smile

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posted by Simon E [1776 posts]
18th December 2011 - 21:53

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Did a couple of hours late afternoon today chasing the light - was surprised to see some snow in the fields and in the lanes to the north of Bath… mind you melting run off and resulting flood took care of that - after a mile of gritty slurry that produced looked like i'd been in a cross race.

Was also surprised to hit a patch of sheet of ice less than a mile from my front door - luckily it was on a short sharp ramp so I was doing about 0.5mph when my front wheel went sideways and was able to get a foot down… mind you I nearly fell over just trying to stand up.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4111 posts]
18th December 2011 - 21:57

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I'm not bothered about the cold, but the thin layer of sleet over the thin layer of ice which I found yesterday morning sent me off to a spinning class instead. (Wuss! I hear you shout! Big Grin ) It's all miles in the legs.

Dodging the saccadic masking

posted by notfastenough [2607 posts]
19th December 2011 - 13:59

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Aye, till a year ago I was out in obscenely low temperatures - 14 and so on. Beard icicles and frozen bottles. It's not the cold which stopped me, it's the fractured femur from hitting ice..! The turbo is getting some stick this year..

posted by andyp [632 posts]
19th December 2011 - 16:46

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Ride safe fellas!

It's not worth eating Tarmac if ice is around!

I like my bike but it needs a hidden 25cc motor Smile

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posted by Fish_n_Chips [325 posts]
19th December 2011 - 18:46

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I got caught in a snow/sleet shower - it instantly froze and learnt FAST: rubber & ice dont like each other...

posted by yenrod [88 posts]
21st December 2011 - 14:47

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The thing I find is that you're on the bike and it doesn't *feel* too slippery, you know, slippery but you still feel kind of "in control". Then you put your foot on the ground and you're almost arse over tit straight away.

Just highlights how grippy my tyre is compared to my cleats!

Pete

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posted by PeteH [159 posts]
21st December 2011 - 15:04

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Constantly keeping an eye on temperature from weather fore(mis)casts.

They should make a cleat material that grips on ice Big Grin

I like my bike but it needs a hidden 25cc motor Smile

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posted by Fish_n_Chips [325 posts]
21st December 2011 - 17:35

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