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Thunderbolts and lightning, very very frightening....

Fireblade96Fireblade96 Posts: 1,123
edited March 2010 in Commuting chat
London Commuters, LEG IT !!!!

There's a big storm a'comin' your way. :shock:

(thunder, ligntniing, wind, rain and even hail. Seriously)


Get home dry,
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  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    Indeed.

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  • jpm5555jpm5555 Posts: 56
    Yep, just passed over me in Winnersh (east of Reading).

    Pretty relieved that today is the first day this week that I'm in the car. It went pitch black, and absolutely lashed down for 20 minutes, accompanied by oodles of thunder and lightening.

    Pretty sure I'd have drowned on the bike :shock:
  • gbsahne001gbsahne001 Posts: 1,962
    glad i took the heap to work this morning.
  • DonDaddyDDonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    Can't see anything. Bet I outride it!

    :twisted:
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  • PorgyPorgy Posts: 4,558
    Me going home on the train today is an unexpectedly positive outcome of the fact that my bike disintigrated at the weekend.

    Hoping to have a new one by next week - by which the time the weather will be perfect every day. 8)
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 15,851
    DonDaddyD wrote:
    Can't see anything. Bet I outride it!

    :twisted:


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  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 18,663
    DonDaddyD wrote:
    Can't see anything. Bet I outride it!

    :twisted:

    Your geography is a bit out mate, you'll be riding towards it on your way home. Been on the train all day due to a site visit in Bristol, and looking out of the window, it seems that this morning's 1hr 45mins rail/tube journey from Carshalton to Paddington may at least have a small silver lining.
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  • iain_jiain_j Posts: 1,941
    I want a thunderstorm. Not had a decent one for years. I love thunder (as long as I'm not out in it)
  • CafewandaCafewanda Posts: 2,788
    Hmm. I'd hoped to get home before it started but ran out of luck at Stockwell. Almost blown sideways at Clapham South, just before the Cavendish Road turnoff :shock: E&C still holds number one spot though.

    Now home and in dry clothes, seriously wondering if I should head out again to do hills with the running club at Covington Way, Streatham. Would give me a chance to try out my Altura waterproof trousers though :roll:
  • Cafewanda wrote:
    Hmm. I'd hoped to get home before it started but ran out of luck at Stockwell. Almost blown sideways at Clapham South, just before the Cavendish Road turnoff :shock: E&C still holds number one spot though.

    Now home and in dry clothes, seriously wondering if I should head out again to do hills with the running club at Covington Way, Streatham. Would give me a chance to try out my Altura waterproof trousers though :roll:

    Yikes! That bad? I'm just heading to the basement changing rooms and then going to brave the wicked wind from the west.
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  • amneziaamnezia Posts: 590
    DonDaddyD wrote:
    Can't see anything. Bet I outride it!

    :twisted:

    i bet you got drenched, i did
  • ridin8uderidin8ude Posts: 88
    Was a fun ride home.
    Huge gusts and some serious rain.

    Group of 6 of us stopped in Burgess park to move a big felled tree off the bike path through the park. Good community service we are!

    Had blown thru by the time I got home - if only I'd worked for an extra 45 minutes...
  • thel33terthel33ter Posts: 2,684
    I was out in it, not on a bike though :? Had a cross country race with my school, hate running but came 9th out 60ish so I'm happy :D
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  • will3will3 Posts: 2,173
    Yay, mega rain!
    Got caught in that 5 miles from home
    tonight's commute = 25 miles, normal commute = 20 miles :oops:

    rain = all the way to 11
    puddles = road
    road = river
    visibility = 0
    brake effectiveness = 0
    number of waterproofs about my person = 0
    will3 = soaked
    Grin = ear to ear

    :D
  • DonDaddyDDonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    amnezia wrote:
    DonDaddyD wrote:
    Can't see anything. Bet I outride it!

    :twisted:

    i bet you got drenched, i did

    Well what a big let down that was.

    I left work all frightful pedaled like crazy and nothing, it was practically summer buy Waterloo.

    Got through Clapham and I guess the air is a little moist.

    Hold on, let me look out the window... ...yep ground shows a hint that it did rain, but it isn't.
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  • cjcpcjcp Posts: 13,345
    Aye, a bit wet, but it's been worse. Think we might have got off lightly in the Big Smoke.
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  • CiBCiB Posts: 6,098
    will3 wrote:
    Yay, mega rain!
    Got caught in that 5 miles from home
    tonight's commute = 25 miles, normal commute = 20 miles :oops:

    rain = all the way to 11
    puddles = road
    road = river
    visibility = 0
    brake effectiveness = 0
    number of waterproofs about my person = 0
    will3 = soaked
    Grin = ear to ear

    :D

    +10

    Downpour here started with about 7 miles to go; the sky went as black as yer hat and the heavens opened. Another mile on and the biggest ever crack of thunder went off right over my head, followed by the world's biggest lightning strike just behind me. Did I mention I can do 30 mph uphill when the conditions suit? Strewth...

    Another mile and it's a monsoon, another crack of thunder, a bolt of lightning that lit the road up like Filbert Street's floodlights used to, right in front of me. I can hardly see what with the rain in my face but the speeds were up in the mid to high 20s for this stretch. Exciting stuff. The blast home for the last mile in semi-darkness with an inch of standing water was a complete hoot. Arrrive home with a stupid grin across my fizzog, to find the wife about to set off to look for me - she was worried about my lack of lights.

    What makes thunder / lightning / monsoon rain rides so exhilerating then? Awesome fun. :shock:
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,739
    I with two other members of the council of elders headed to the scared birth place of SCR were we consumed numerious beers until it was time to leave, London has no idea what rain really is, I'm on Z train home now where I'm expecting ....

    The end of the world!

    Although I will quite possibly survive as I have plans for tomorrow ;)
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  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 18,663
    iain_j wrote:
    I want a thunderstorm. Not had a decent one for years. I love thunder (as long as I'm not out in it)

    Having been on my bike in a thunderstorm when lightning struck in the field next to me, I can confirm that it certainly makes you jump. It is also very, very loud. I rode the same way the next day and saw the scorch marks on the ground
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  • lost_in_thoughtlost_in_thought Posts: 10,563
    Yep, got absolutely soaked. Once you reach the point where you can't really get much wetter it's really rather fun...

    Thank goodness I had a baseball cap...

    :D
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,739
    Nope false alarm no rain or gods fury just another plague of frogs.

    still the end of the world
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  • hmm, managed to miss it all last night - left london in only light rain, and got back to Reading after it had all passed.
    and was annoyed with myself for taking the short route through london and missing out half my usual fun.

    lesson learned.
  • ridin8ude wrote:
    Was a fun ride home.
    Huge gusts and some serious rain.

    Group of 6 of us stopped in Burgess park to move a big felled tree off the bike path through the park. Good community service we are!

    Had blown thru by the time I got home - if only I'd worked for an extra 45 minutes...

    Well I'm pleased I worked a little later than you - my ride through Burgess Park was dry (a bit of standing water but nothing falling on me from above). :D
    Never be tempted to race against a Barclays Cycle Hire bike. If you do, there are only two outcomes. Of these, by far the better is that you now have the scalp of a Boris Bike.
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