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Autumn is here

EKE_38BPMEKE_38BPM Posts: 5,980
edited September 2010 in Commuting chat
I cycled to work in the rain and got soaked. Left my cycling stuff to dry all day (it didn't). Went for a walk at lunch in the bright, dry weather. At home time I put my (still wet) cycling gear back on and cycled home in the rain and got soaked again. I've now given my bike a wipedown and abandoned dry lube in favour of wet lube for the rest of the year. Boo!

My rucksack, helmet, gloves and shoes are all drying out now.

I'm now thinking rim brakes may not be the best option for a bike in the rain. Disc brakes and mudguards
on a roadbike are seeming like a great idea. (though ugly). A hydrophobic coating to my glasses seems quite smart too. Pass me a potato...

Edit: Anyone have any modifications for autumn? Winter is all thermal base layers and studded tyres but autumn throws up its own problems.
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  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 43,887
    EKE_38BPM wrote:
    I'm now thinking rim brakes may not be the best option for a bike in the rain. Disc brakes and mudguards
    on a roadbike are seeming like a great idea. (though ugly).
    Good idea - mine have saved me from rear ending cars/vans in the wet more than once in the past. Though you might get burned at the stake for suggesting an idea like that in this forum :wink:
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  • EKE_38BPMEKE_38BPM Posts: 5,980
    For commuting, I think it makes sense. For a fair weather road bike, I wouldn't want disc brakes either.

    I think the Road forum would burn me for that suggestion, but commuters must see some sense in it.

    I think we can all agree that flat bars are for nazis and paedos though. Gotta try to get the roadies back onside!
    FCN 3: Raleigh Record Ace fixie-to be resurrected sometime in the future
    FCN 4: Planet X Schmaffenschmack 2- workhorse
    FCN 9: B Twin Vitamin - winter commuter/loan bike for trainees

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  • EKE_38BPMEKE_38BPM Posts: 5,980
    A bit chilly this morning. Time for base layers and full finger gloves.

    Looked lovely though.
    FCN 3: Raleigh Record Ace fixie-to be resurrected sometime in the future
    FCN 4: Planet X Schmaffenschmack 2- workhorse
    FCN 9: B Twin Vitamin - winter commuter/loan bike for trainees

    I'm hungry. I'm always hungry!
  • nichnich Posts: 888
    I've got disc brakes on my (sort of) road bike...

    They are mega good - especially last night ;)

    New office in the new year won't have bike storage though, and I'm not keen on locking this shiny beast up outside, so not sure what I'm gonna do... :evil:
  • EKE_38BPM wrote:
    A bit chilly this morning. Time for base layers and full finger gloves.

    Looked lovely though.

    4.5 Centrigrade this morning. The Black ice alert was on in the car :shock:
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  • The rain stopped as I was getting ready this morning. The sun was out as I stepped out to the garage - it was looking like a baeutiful morning for a ride. But then I opened the garage door to discover the PF had paid me a visit overnight. No time to replace the tube if I wanted to catch my train, so I was forced to drive to the station. Bah. Rubbish.

    This is why you need (at least) two bikes, right?
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  • gbsahne001gbsahne001 Posts: 1,962
    4.5 Centrigrade this morning. The Black ice alert was on in the car :shock:

    That'll be why I was a bit cool for the first 2 miles and my feet have yet to thaw out; time to ditch the Summer shoes.
  • Hot Orange wrote:
    This is why you need (at least) two bikes, right?

    Mrs. Elephant told me recently that three should really be a minimum.

    Married well, didn't I?
  • Hot Orange wrote:

    This is why you need (at least) two bikes, right?

    Two doesn't even begin to cover it.
  • Clever PunClever Pun Posts: 6,778
    Stevo 666 wrote:
    EKE_38BPM wrote:
    I'm now thinking rim brakes may not be the best option for a bike in the rain. Disc brakes and mudguards
    on a roadbike are seeming like a great idea. (though ugly).
    Good idea - mine have saved me from rear ending cars/vans in the wet more than once in the past. Though you might get burned at the stake for suggesting an idea like that in this forum :wink:

    kinda sounds like a cyclocross
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  • I am now really glad I bought that Trek 'Soho'*. Things are paying off.

    *Belt drive, hub gear, hub (drum) brakes & mudguards. Its a winter machine...but weighs a tonne.
  • CafewandaCafewanda Posts: 2,788
    EKE_38BPM wrote:
    For commuting, I think it makes sense. For a fair weather road bike, I wouldn't want disc brakes either.

    I think the Road forum would burn me for that suggestion, but commuters must see some sense in it.

    I think we can all agree that flat bars are for nazis and paedos though. Gotta try to get the roadies back onside!

    I'm wotching you! :twisted:
  • EKE_38BPMEKE_38BPM Posts: 5,980
    I think I'll be spending £s at the bike show on autumn/winter clothing.
    Overshoes, some more l/s jerseys, gloves, tights etc.
    FCN 3: Raleigh Record Ace fixie-to be resurrected sometime in the future
    FCN 4: Planet X Schmaffenschmack 2- workhorse
    FCN 9: B Twin Vitamin - winter commuter/loan bike for trainees

    I'm hungry. I'm always hungry!
  • jongingejonginge Posts: 5,945
    EKE_38BPM wrote:
    I think I'll be spending £s at the bike show on autumn/winter clothing.
    Overshoes, some more l/s jerseys, gloves, tights etc.
    Plenty to look at but not much to buy at the show...
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  • EKE_38BPMEKE_38BPM Posts: 5,980
    Oh. Whats the point in going then? I know what I want, just need to buy.

    CW, I'm watching you too!
    FCN 3: Raleigh Record Ace fixie-to be resurrected sometime in the future
    FCN 4: Planet X Schmaffenschmack 2- workhorse
    FCN 9: B Twin Vitamin - winter commuter/loan bike for trainees

    I'm hungry. I'm always hungry!
  • EKE_38BPM wrote:
    A bit chilly this morning. Time for base layers and full finger gloves.

    Looked lovely though.

    4.5 Centrigrade this morning. The Black ice alert was on in the car :shock:

    Does anyone else see something wrong with this? MTFU!! As dear ols Norman Tebbit said - "Get on your bike..."

    As to wet, cold commutes, all I have to say is WELCOME TO MY WORLD!! That is a Scottish summer. MTFU!!

    4.5C, and my car tries to put on the air con!!
    "Encyclopaedia is a fetish for very small bicycles"
  • Paul EPaul E Posts: 2,052
    Switched to full finger gloves too, and a baselayer under my jersey and arm warmers, tried a jacket the other day, still too warm and I got 6 miles in and had to ditch it into my bag
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  • EKE_38BPM wrote:
    A bit chilly this morning. Time for base layers and full finger gloves.

    Looked lovely though.

    4.5 Centrigrade this morning. The Black ice alert was on in the car :shock:

    Does anyone else see something wrong with this? MTFU!! As dear ols Norman Tebbit said - "Get on your bike..."

    As to wet, cold commutes, all I have to say is WELCOME TO MY WORLD!! That is a Scottish summer. MTFU!!

    4.5C, and my car tries to put on the air con!!

    BB problems so bog off scots boy. :wink:
    Chunky Cyclists need your love too! :-)
    2009 Specialized Tricross Sport
    2011 Trek Madone 4.5
    2012 Felt F65X
    Proud CX Pervert and quiet roadie. 12 mile commuter
  • EKE_38BPM wrote:
    A bit chilly this morning. Time for base layers and full finger gloves.

    Looked lovely though.

    4.5 Centrigrade this morning. The Black ice alert was on in the car :shock:

    Does anyone else see something wrong with this? MTFU!! As dear ols Norman Tebbit said - "Get on your bike..."

    As to wet, cold commutes, all I have to say is WELCOME TO MY WORLD!! That is a Scottish summer. MTFU!!

    4.5C, and my car tries to put on the air con!!

    BB problems so bog off scots boy. :wink:


    Boys Brigade!! :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
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  • EKE_38BPMEKE_38BPM Posts: 5,980
    Boris Bike?!?
    FCN 3: Raleigh Record Ace fixie-to be resurrected sometime in the future
    FCN 4: Planet X Schmaffenschmack 2- workhorse
    FCN 9: B Twin Vitamin - winter commuter/loan bike for trainees

    I'm hungry. I'm always hungry!
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