What weather will you guys NOT ride in?

entershikari Posts: 53
edited November 2013 in Commuting chat


  • fat_tail
    fat_tail Posts: 786
    1. very heavy rain if it can be helped
    2. snow
    Ridley Fenix SL
  • mpatts
    mpatts Posts: 1,010
    Insert bike here:
  • DonDaddyD
    DonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    Depends where in the World you are.

    In London? As long as it isn't snowing. I've ridden happily in minus degrees.

    But, IMO here is the most important thing about riding in minus tempretures in London. While the tempreture may be below freezing the ambient surface tempreture of the main roads is likely to be hotter because of all the traffic/vehicles meaning that there isn't ice on the roads. If you leave too early in the morning or too late at night then you may encounter slippery roads/ice and that's just dangerous (also avoid ironwork on the roads for the same reason). I apply the same for hills, nothing more scary than trying to scale Balham Hill or some such and have your rear tyre lose traction because the road is slippery/iced over.
    Food Chain number = 4

    A true scalp is not only overtaking someone but leaving them stopped at a set of lights. As you, who have clearly beaten the lights, pummels nothing but the open air ahead. ~ 'DondaddyD'. Player of the Unspoken Game
  • slowbike
    slowbike Posts: 8,498
    I generally don't ride if I'm going to get soaked in the morning ..

    I've missed some heavy snow days - being a country commute if I rode in then I'd be riding in the car tracks which would effectively prevent the cars from being able to overtake easily - once the road is clearer then I'll ride again. I have some studded tyres for this winter - so may try some offroad tracks for the commute (or part of)
  • In the past, I've ridden in everything the weather could have thrown at me. -14 degrees and 18 inches of snow? Check. Torrential downpours and floods? Check. Headwinds peaking at over 100 mph? Check.

    I'm making an effort to use the train at least one way in such weather conditions now. There's committed and there's being committed, if you see what I mean.
  • rubertoe
    rubertoe Posts: 3,994
    The dangerous type.
    "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got."

    PX Kaffenback 2 = Work Horse
    B-Twin Alur 700 = Sundays and Hills
  • Snow and/or ice. A frost isn't usually an issue, but until the snow's properly melted, I'd tend to prefer four wheels to two skinny untreaded ones.
    Swim. Bike. Run. Yeah. That's what I used to do.

    Bike 1
    Bike 2-A
  • Light drizzle.
  • Snow too deep for traction. Wind too strong to cross the Kessock Bridge. The rest is fine.

    It was heavy rain in Amaterdam this morning and I was surprised by how few bikes there were.
    ROAD < Scott Foil HMX Di2, Volagi Liscio Di2, Jamis Renegade Elite Di2, Cube Reaction Race > ROUGH
  • Snow or loads of ice on road.
    Anything off!

    Meteor ball rain

    Nuclear fall out
    Chinese All Carbon Hybrid, mixed with overdraft and research.
    Hong Kong Phoey - Quicker than the human eye!

    Not enough: bikes, garage space or time.
  • cyclingprop
    cyclingprop Posts: 2,426
    Fire and brimstone.
    What do you mean you think 64cm is a big frame?
  • daviesee
    daviesee Posts: 6,386
    Ice, snow, 50mph+ wind.
    None of the above should be taken seriously, and certainly not personally.
  • daviesee wrote:
    Ice, snow, 50mph+ wind.

  • fossyant
    fossyant Posts: 2,549
    Nothing stops me ! :twisted:

  • Nothing.

    Minus 16 - fine
    Gale force winds - OK
    Snow - no probs (although trouble with close clearance mudguard bikes - 'cross bike better)

    The only thing that really worries me is if I get a mechanical in the middle of nowhere in bad weather. No mobile reception and fingers freezing to the bike metal... Thankfully only happened once so far
    Commute: Langster -Singlecross - Brompton S2-LX

    Road: 95 Trek 5500 -Look 695 Aerolight eTap - Boardman TTe eTap

    Offroad: Pace RC200 - Dawes Kickback 2 tandem - Tricross - Boardman CXR9.8 - Ridley x-fire
  • unixnerd
    unixnerd Posts: 2,864
    Ice, not worth the risk.
    http://www.strathspey.co.uk - Quality Binoculars at a Sensible Price.
    Specialized Roubaix SL3 Expert 2012, Cannondale CAAD5,
    Marin Mount Vision (1997), Edinburgh Country tourer, 3 cats!
  • rhext
    rhext Posts: 1,639
    Ice, but only if the roads aren't gritted. Would even ride in ice if I had spiked tyres, but I can't justify the investment for the very few times they'd come in useful.

    Once you get over the first 5 minutes, even the worst of weathers can be quite exhilerating. Except perhaps for horizontal sleet - that's just nasty.
  • Headhuunter
    Headhuunter Posts: 6,494
    In London, there's no prob riding in all weathers. If it's snowy and icy, I have to walk the bike to the main road as residential roads are not gritted and to slippery, but once you're on gritted London roads, there's so much traffic the snow and ice stands no chance. The roads are just wet. I've had to miss out on club rides in Kent though, once you get out on those rural roads it gets a bit dicier so I tend to give it a miss...
    Do not write below this line. Office use only.
  • slowbike
    slowbike Posts: 8,498
    rhext wrote:
    Ice, but only if the roads aren't gritted. Would even ride in ice if I had spiked tyres, but I can't justify the investment for the very few times they'd come in useful.
    Take a holiday in Norway and have a look at their sport shops ... I've got some budget Ice tyres for my CX that should do nicely ... and even if the studs rip out they're a deep grip so will make a cracking tyre for muddy trails ... (I don't race)
  • When lightning is striking nearby.
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,062
    I absolutely refuse to ride in glorious sunshine, or headwind wind free days what's the point?
    Rule #5 // Harden The Feck Up.
    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.
  • Drfabulous0
    Drfabulous0 Posts: 1,539
    I have yet to encounter any weather bad enough that I would rather get the bus, perhaps if it was raining fire then I may consider taking the day off but wind, rain, snow, ice and lightning are no deterrent.
  • asprilla
    asprilla Posts: 8,440
    Wind that causes bits of tree (or whole trees) to come down. Everything else is fine.
    Mud - Genesis Vapour CCX
    Race - Fuji Norcom Straight
    Sun - Cervelo R3
    Winter / Commute - Dolan ADX
  • DrLex
    DrLex Posts: 2,142
    Thick fog.
    Location: ciderspace
  • Ice.

    Done the 'off' bit. North slope, adverse camber, high hedges and deep shade on a sunny day. All over in a trice.

  • Nuclear winter
    Superstition begins with pinning race number 13 upside down and it ends with the brutal slaughter of Mamils at the cake stop.
  • First.Aspect
    First.Aspect Posts: 15,999
    Ice is fine if its c*o*l*d, but I avoid snow/ice around freezing. Too unpredictable.

    We get some fairly extreme winds here. I draw the line at times because 50+mph gusty side winds can get a bit sketchy in a few places on my commute.
  • iPete
    iPete Posts: 6,076
    High chance of black ice or falling trees, everything else is game on.
  • Any chance of black ice, 3 offs last winter with no warning. Shall not be repeating this year.
  • Only sufficient ice to stop me walking out of my side street. Once I get out to the main road, it's generally gritted and is busy enough to be well melted. My problem is that I finish late at night, so getting home is always the bigger issue. Determination not to a: leave the bike chained anywhere in Belfast and b: Get a taxi in lycra is very helpful with the MTFU.