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Postby TrevA » 1 Mar 2018, 1:41pm

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned it (apart from London). The Beast from the East is certainly wreaking havoc here in the East Midlands. We have several inches and the wind is making it drift quite a bit. Won't be riding for a few days I think. Might have to get the turbo out.
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Postby NUKe » 1 Mar 2018, 1:48pm

Coming home from work , I had to walk part way as I couldn't see the road anymore on an exposed part of my commute.wind was pushing the snow off the fields. More worried about the ice tomorrow, as most off my commute is on untreated roads.
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Re: Snow

Postby PeterBL » 1 Mar 2018, 1:57pm

Yesterdays commute:
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Most roads were plowed more than this, so I managed to do some actual cycling.

PS: I’m not the UK, but still exposed to the same eastern winds.

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Re: Snow

Postby thirdcrank » 1 Mar 2018, 2:52pm

Strange how the photographer often gets there first to greet the arrival of a bold pioneer. :wink:

A decent hat's the first thing to consider to retain body heat.


I'm surprised nobody has mentioned it (snow)


I seem to have read of little else. :?

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Re: Snow

Postby whoof » 1 Mar 2018, 3:30pm

Just ridden home on the Bath Bristol railway path and really enjoyed it. I only saw two other cyclists from Bath to Warmly (about 7-8 miles).As I was using studded Winter tyres I tried to ride on compacted snow where others had been. However these ruts are disappearing fast as the snow is building quickly but no where near anything like the photo above.

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Postby Mick F » 1 Mar 2018, 3:37pm

Snowing here.
Not really snow, but sort of ice tiny crystals. You can hear them hitting the ground.
Sitting here in the livingroom with the fire lit. :D

White car in the snow. Sort of camouflage.
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Postby mjr » 1 Mar 2018, 4:29pm

whoof wrote:Just ridden home on the Bath Bristol railway path and really enjoyed it. I only saw two other cyclists from Bath to Warmly (about 7-8 miles).As I was using studded Winter tyres I tried to ride on compacted snow where others had been. However these ruts are disappearing fast as the snow is building quickly but no where near anything like the photo above.

I find actual ruts quite disruptive, taking my front wheel off-course and disrupting my balance, quite different to the busier bits of my ride where compacted snow is indeed very easy to ride across with studs.
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Postby Paulatic » 1 Mar 2018, 5:20pm

A door on Stainmore reminds me of 63.
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Re: Snow

Postby Phileas » 1 Mar 2018, 5:26pm

I cycled to work using studded tyres today. I cycled home over compacted snow and had a hairy moment on a corner at low speed so you still need to take care.

Studs really come into their own on ice which is what I bought them for.

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Postby Mick F » 1 Mar 2018, 5:29pm

.......... and it reminds me of our back door in early '63 too. :D
Dad picked up the coal shovel from the kitchen fire, and dug us out. I remember it well.

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Re: Snow

Postby Username » 1 Mar 2018, 5:37pm

TrevA wrote:I'm surprised nobody has mentioned it (apart from London). The Beast from the East is certainly wreaking havoc here in the East Midlands. We have several inches and the wind is making it drift quite a bit. Won't be riding for a few days I think. Might have to get the turbo out.


Ended up taking time off work tonight due to warnings. So far we have only had a dusting of snow, despite amber warnings for snow, wind and ice. Will be pretty pissed if this is all that it turns out to be. I mean how serious should I take future warnings? It seems that it would be way too dangerous to try and ride in but so far that is rubbish! All this fuss, its pathetic!

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Re: Snow

Postby Mick F » 1 Mar 2018, 5:53pm

I agree.
We are inundated with information and facts, but too much maybe, and it's not necessarily correct for you/us locally.
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Re: Snow

Postby whoof » 1 Mar 2018, 6:03pm

Phileas wrote:I cycled to work using studded tyres today. I cycled home over compacted snow and had a hairy moment on a corner at low speed so you still need to take care.

Studs really come into their own on ice which is what I bought them for.


Yes the ones I have are designed for ice and not snow. But even on ice I still take it easy as it is possible for the tyre to grip the ice but the ice to delaminate from the road.

If the snow sticks and gets thick which looks likely, I've been watching cars wheel spinning and struggling to get up a slight incline outside my house on a gritted road, I won't be using them tomorrow.

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Re: Snow

Postby Si » 1 Mar 2018, 6:24pm

Turned up at school and strangley the kids wanted to stay in and do netball in the hall rather than go out and do bikeability. Kids of today eh?

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Re: Snow

Postby rmurphy195 » 1 Mar 2018, 6:33pm

I'm in Rubery (South Brum) and have just driven from Monkspath via the back lanes through earlswood. SNow is not very deep at all, BUT underneath it there are the occasional slippery bits even where it appears clear. 20mph and second gear all the way, except for the 1st gear bits!

No way would I get the bike out on these surfaces, let alone the below freezing temps and wind chill!
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