Cycled through a blizzard this morning.

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Cycled through a blizzard this morning.

Postby tykeboy2003 » 13 Jan 2017, 12:11pm

Ok, I exaggerate but it was snowing quite thick and I lost traction on a few untreated minor roads on occasion.

I found it quite invigorating the only bit I didn't like very much was getting snow in my eyes.

Nice to see motorists slowing down a bit though.

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Re: Cycled through a blizzard this morning.

Postby TrevA » 13 Jan 2017, 12:52pm

Must admit that I chickened out and drove in. Icy roads and snow are not my favourite conditions. A couple of hardy souls have ridden in to the office today though, and it looks quite pleasant out now.
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Re: Cycled through a blizzard this morning.

Postby Threevok » 13 Jan 2017, 3:33pm

I commuted to work - on the single- speed too - although I did have the Ice Spikes on

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Re: Cycled through a blizzard this morning.

Postby roubaixtuesday » 13 Jan 2017, 4:04pm

Started snowing 30 secs after leaving house this morning. Full on blizzard all the way in, stopped 30 seconds before arriving at work.

Thick slush on the road, happily no ice whatsoever.

Hoping my drivetrain hasn't seized (memo to self to leave some oil at work)

Off home soon, looks clear, and I have newly arrived electric gloves to keep hands warm :-)

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Re: Cycled through a blizzard this morning.

Postby eileithyia » 13 Jan 2017, 5:01pm

Often it was my only way to work as the car could not be moved out of its parking place.. often a walk / slide / careful pedal to the main road, jump on bike, breathe sigh of relief as gritter came past on it's route out of Bolton.... follow gritter down the hill...... still arrive at work before those who lived closer / had less snow ... loved it. :lol:
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Re: Cycled through a blizzard this morning.

Postby Grandad » 13 Jan 2017, 8:07pm

Rode the regular 5 miles each way commute throughout the 1953 winter, mixture of side and main roads. The third wheel was invaluable :D

Got fit enough to use it for the Birmingham-Llangollen-Birmingham reliability trial in March, still rutted ice on the last few miles to the turn

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Re: Cycled through a blizzard this morning.

Postby ANTONISH » 14 Jan 2017, 9:29am

There are three thoughts that prevent me cycling in these conditions ;
1) I could fall off and injure myself
2) I could fall off under a vehicle
3) I could be hit by an oncoming car sliding out as I am going round the outside of a bend.

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Re: Cycled through a blizzard this morning.

Postby PH » 14 Jan 2017, 10:03am

BrianFox wrote:Started snowing 30 secs after leaving house this morning. Full on blizzard all the way in, stopped 30 seconds before arriving at work.

That was pretty much my experience as well. Looked out window at the time I would need to leave to get the bus, all looked fine, had another coffee. Half an hour later when it was time to leave by bike it was coming down heavily and the options limited, used the folder and followed the bus route rather than the usual cycle paths, slushy and slow but surprisingly only took a few minuets longer than normal. By the time I'd dried off and changed at work it was all over...

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Re: Cycled through a blizzard this morning.

Postby foxyrider » 14 Jan 2017, 11:04am

You want a medal? :lol:
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Re: Cycled through a blizzard this morning.

Postby PH » 14 Jan 2017, 11:07am

foxyrider wrote:You want a medal? :lol:

Are you offering one? :lol: :lol:

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Re: Cycled through a blizzard this morning.

Postby axel_knutt » 14 Jan 2017, 6:42pm

I had a couple in a BMW stop and offer me a lift once when I was cycling in a blizzard and caked in snow. I daren't tell them I was only out training, and there was nowhere to take me. :lol:
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Re: Cycled through a blizzard this morning.

Postby ianrobo » 14 Jan 2017, 7:46pm

I look at as a challenge and hardening of the soul. Like today 3 hours ride in awful conditions, snow, sleet cold win etc ...

if you can do that you can do anything !

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Re: Cycled through a blizzard this morning.

Postby Threevok » 14 Jan 2017, 8:24pm

axel_knutt wrote:I had a couple in a BMW stop and offer me a lift once when I was cycling in a blizzard and caked in snow. I daren't tell them I was only out training, and there was nowhere to take me. :lol:


Knowing how most BMW's perform in the snow - you should have offered to help them :twisted:

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Re: Cycled through a blizzard this morning.

Postby Elizabethsdad » 15 Jan 2017, 1:13pm

Last time we had snow in Southampton - a few years back now - I was cycle commuting to Otterbourne about 10 miles away. My wife said I could use the car as she wasn't going anywhere. I said I'd stick to cycling - if it got too slippy to ride I could just walk with the bike, if it got too slippy to drive then I'd be stuck. It just meant that a journey which usually took about 40-45 minutes took a couple of hours.

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Re: Cycled through a blizzard this morning.

Postby nez » 15 Jan 2017, 4:57pm

I had my first ride on the spiked tyres I bought last year. What a racket! I do feel a bit of a fool on them. Still, they seem to work. Of course, this week temperatures will rise well above zero again and I'll have to take them off again or be thought a nutcase as I nip round to Sainsbury's :shock: