Chilly mornings

Nick6891
Nick6891 Posts: 274
edited December 2008 in Commuting chat
Was abit cold this morning with the frost and ice, still road though, thankfully all the roads around my area are well gritted but i know there was plenty of ice about
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  • il_principe
    il_principe Posts: 9,155
    Gritted roads are what winter bikes are made for...
  • gtvlusso
    gtvlusso Posts: 5,112
    Yes - and I ride the same bike all year!
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,061
    edited November 2008
    Gritted roads are what winter bikes are made for...

    Does the Prince come out in winter then :shock:
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  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,061
    Cheap steal SS for me until sun comes back :cry:
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    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • I'll try to ride in any weather.

    Try being the operative word.
  • iain_j
    iain_j Posts: 1,941
    Freezing temperatures is a good excuse to ride harder. Had a memorable day on the Snake Pass last winter, ice on the road at the top :)

    Frozen contact lenses aren't nice though.
  • il_principe
    il_principe Posts: 9,155
    itboffin wrote:
    Gritted roads are what winter bikes are made for...

    Does the Prince come out in winter then :shock:

    :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

    Not when the roads are gritted, icy or it's raining!
  • ChrisLS
    ChrisLS Posts: 2,749
    ...don't mind the cold, but avoid riding when there is ice about...got caught out on Tuesday and came off on some black ice... :cry: :oops: ...still sore down my right side...
    ...all the way...'til the wheels fall off and burn...
  • Studded tyres, I was born ready...


    Plus if you do a skid then you can get cool sparks!
  • I got caught out once coming downhill on a road that hadn't been cleared of frozen snow from the night before and it was just on the point of becoming slush.

    The car in front's tyres were acting as a mini snow plough and were clearing a 6 inch wide strip and I was riding in the tyre tracks and all was fine. We reached a bend and I noticed how much the rear wheels on the car weren't following the same route as the front wheels.

    Musing on this fact I didn't think to consider that the same would be true for a bike and ended up with my front wheel in one rut and my back wheel in another. The back end just went and dumped me a**e first on the road.

    I now wait till the snowplough has been through before setting off.
  • AndyManc
    AndyManc Posts: 1,393
    Studded tyres, I was born ready...


    Plus if you do a skid then you can get cool sparks!

    :lol: ... 'This town ain't big enough for the both of us' ( Thats a joke for older people :roll: )



    BTW , surprised at the poll results .
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  • biondino
    biondino Posts: 5,990
    LOL you bunch of lying liars! Am I really the only person who doesn't? Even I do from time to time but as a rule I'll probably avoid it, so I thought no was the fairer answer. MTFU and admit your weakness :twisted:
  • Eat My Dust
    Eat My Dust Posts: 3,965
    The only time I've been stopped by the cold was when I couldn't clip into my pedals as the snow was turning to ice on my cleats. Saying that, It was probably a blessing in disguise as the 23mm's weren't dealing with the snow on the road very well!!
  • I've ridden in snow several times last winter. Now I'm saving up for a motorbike, so can't really afford train fares and even though I'm a bus driver and have a staff pass, sometimes they don't run early enough or sometimes late enough for me. I'll be riding the 10/11miles to and from work until I have the money for my motorbike. 100miles a week. I hope this winter is mild.

    Tomorrow I'll be leaving the house just after 5am. Hows that for hardcore? 8)
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  • If it's frozen then it's a run for me...there I said it :oops:
  • biondino wrote:
    LOL you bunch of lying liars! Am I really the only person who doesn't? Even I do from time to time but as a rule I'll probably avoid it, so I thought no was the fairer answer. MTFU and admit your weakness :twisted:

    I think the poll must be broken - I answered 'No' too, but it still shows only one negative answer.

    I have the fear.
  • Nick6891
    Nick6891 Posts: 274
    why wouldn't you want to ride in the cold, it wakes you up in a morning, just have to be careful of ice :lol::lol:
  • Feltup
    Feltup Posts: 1,340
    I answered yes but I will add the proviso of not if there is ice on the road. I came off last month and still have the scars on myself and worse on the bike too :cry:
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  • gb155
    gb155 Posts: 2,048
    In the last 6 months I have suffered 90degree heat, glaeforce winds, monsoons, SNOW and ice, Being JUST below zero makes it enjoyable vs the rest of the conditions I have been hit with :D
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  • prj45
    prj45 Posts: 2,208
    I did fall over on ice a few years back, low speed, bike just went out from under me, not wearing gloves for some reason, lots of grit in numb hands.

    I swear my bottom lip quivered.
  • m0scs
    m0scs Posts: 196
    gtvlusso wrote:
    Yes - and I ride the same bike all year!

    Which one, you have 3! Jealious.

    Boradman looks nice.

    Please cut your grass :D:D
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  • I've just had my first opportunity for frosty biking today, and I did it. So I just voted. :)

    Tomorrow will be icy, but I don't need to leave till 9:20, so it may have cleared by then.
  • tardington
    tardington Posts: 1,379
    Jogger's Nipple... :oops:
  • biondino
    biondino Posts: 5,990
    It's above freezing by a couple of degrees, but I just cycled back from Crystal Palace in the rain after midnight so I reckon I could be an honorary member tonight :) Man, being bald and cycling in the cold and wet is hard going...
  • cjcp
    cjcp Posts: 13,345
    biondino wrote:
    It's above freezing by a couple of degrees, but I just cycled back from Crystal Palace in the rain after midnight so I reckon I could be an honorary member tonight :) Man, being bald and cycling in the cold and wet is hard going...

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  • last year I had to motorcycle home in the show.l it was falling so fast and thick It just made a white wall in front of my visor. I wear glasses and the same happened to them when I lifted it up. the road then got so bad I ended up in the other lane so I had no option but to pull into a layby. I'm happy to have reached that limit because it means what I get on a push bike doesn't even compare. skidding isn't a problem with control, cold sn't a problem with CV exercise and ice isn't a problem with thermals and water proofs.
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  • if it's icy or the snowplough hasn't been, then it's just time to go offroad. I do more cycling in the winter than in the summer - just a bit slower
  • AndyManc
    AndyManc Posts: 1,393
    last year I had to motorcycle home in the show.l it was falling so fast and thick It just made a white wall in front of my visor. I wear glasses and the same happened to them when I lifted it up. the road then got so bad I ended up in the other lane so I had no option but to pull into a layby. I'm happy to have reached that limit because it means what I get on a push bike doesn't even compare. skidding isn't a problem with control, .

    Correct, I hit black ice 3 times on my motorbike and ended up on the tarmac.

    Pedal bikes are far safer, especially mtb's.
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  • I don't mind the cold. I am more of a wuss when it raining heavily. I would be more worried about cycling in thick fog that icy weather.
  • AndyManc
    AndyManc Posts: 1,393
    I had a 2hr pootle this afternoon, into Manchester , had a look at the European Markets, looked at the iced over fountains :roll:

    It's not good on the lungs this sub zero weather :? , still I suppose I now know what I'm in for next week when I start my commute after having 10days off work. :shock:
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