Can Someone Please Have a Word with God…

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Can Someone Please Have a Word with God…

Postby londoncommuter0000 » 29 Jan 2019, 9:30am

... and give us some warmer weather?

I prepped my lovely single speed yesterday afternoon, and was all ready to cycle in this morning. Woke up at around 06:20, looked outside, and saw the road and the top of all the cars in our street covered with a layer of ice/frost.

Back to sleep.

Anything less than 2°C, I don't cycle in. Anyone else the same?
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Postby rualexander » 29 Jan 2019, 10:22am

It's winter.

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Postby PDQ Mobile » 29 Jan 2019, 10:23am

You ain't seen nothin' yet!!

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Postby londoncommuter0000 » 29 Jan 2019, 10:24am

rualexander wrote:It's winter.


No!
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Re: Can Someone Please Have a Word with God…

Postby Mick F » 29 Jan 2019, 10:31am

Depends where you live.
We have ice and snow forecast for here commencing noon today .......................... ha ha ha.
Not a chance of it. It's damp and miserable at 9degC with drizzle.
The Met Office are suffering from Michael Fish Syndrome.
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Postby reohn2 » 29 Jan 2019, 10:39am

2018 was one of the greatest Summers for a few years,followed by a rather nice Autumn.
It's now Winter.
It'll be spring soon enough.
That's the nature of things,get used to it. :)
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Postby Mick F » 29 Jan 2019, 11:00am

It's spring now.
The birds are starting to get courting, the daffs and primroses are in flower, there's buds on the trees, and the days are lengthening.
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Postby pwa » 29 Jan 2019, 11:12am

It's pretty mild here at the moment with a hint of drizzle. Loads of grit on the roads though, so hostile for nice bike components. I've just been up in the attic blocking a hole where some birds have been getting in and starting to build a nest. They obviously think it's spring already. I removed a wasp nest while I was up there.

Snow is forecast for much of Wales today but we rarely see it down here on the south coast.

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Postby foxyrider » 29 Jan 2019, 12:32pm

Mick F wrote:It's spring now.
The birds are starting to get courting, the daffs and primroses are in flower, there's buds on the trees, and the days are lengthening.


It's Winter until March only then is it Spring!

FWIWN it's been feeling here for a few days, ice on the puddles, frost on the fields didn't clear yesterday and we're expecting snow later (it did snow last night but just a dust). As ewer are just going into mid winter it's to be expected, might just get the thermals off by the end of April!
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Postby Vorpal » 29 Jan 2019, 12:47pm

I have studded tyres.

I live in Norway, so if I refused to cycle in anything less than 2 C, I'd get to cycle about twice between October and April.

That said, it was -14 C when I left this morning. That's too cold for me to commute by bike.
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Re: Can Someone Please Have a Word with God…

Postby londoncommuter0000 » 29 Jan 2019, 1:07pm

Vorpal wrote:I have studded tyres.

I live in Norway, so if I refused to cycle in anything less than 2 C, I'd get to cycle about twice between October and April.

That said, it was -14 C when I left this morning. That's too cold for me to commute by bike.


What's the average weather like there in June, Vorpal? Actually, I'll ask this in the Bergen to Trondheim post, as I'm waiting a month or so before showing it to my wife ...
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Postby Mick F » 29 Jan 2019, 1:09pm

Spring is called spring coz stuff springs into life after the winter sleep.
The USA call autumn - fall - because that's when the leaves fall.

Spring and autumn are movable feasts. They can be early or late. They can start, then stall, then start again. You cannot set your watch by them nor rely on a calendar. They vary with where you are. Your springs and autumns can be before or after mine or even at the same time.
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Postby Marcus Aurelius » 29 Jan 2019, 1:14pm

I certainly used to ride unless there was ice around, and I didn’t have a bike with studded tyres, or a quad / trike with those tyres available. However last year, I was riding to work at 05:00 in very sub zero temperatures for a couple of weeks, and the cold air actually led to the root of one of my teeth being killed off, which led to me losing that tooth. I don’t mind riding in the cold, but if I start losing body parts, that’s about my limit.

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Postby mjr » 29 Jan 2019, 1:38pm

Marcus Aurelius wrote:I certainly used to ride unless there was ice around, and I didn’t have a bike with studded tyres, or a quad / trike with those tyres available. However last year, I was riding to work at 05:00 in very sub zero temperatures for a couple of weeks, and the cold air actually led to the root of one of my teeth being killed off, which led to me losing that tooth. I don’t mind riding in the cold, but if I start losing body parts, that’s about my limit.

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Norfolk ain't as bad as Norway, but the wind whips in off the North Sea, so not cycling below 2c would probably stop people commuting by cycle for most of a month or two and I don't think the town's roads would cope with the extra motorists.
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Re: Can Someone Please Have a Word with God…

Postby Mick F » 29 Jan 2019, 1:47pm

Cycling to work one winter morning on my Raleigh Clubman mid 1980s, I hit a bit of black ice - main road too!
Off I went onto my left and slid along on the tarmac. Not going fast as I was climbing a short hill.

No-one nearby, no cars, no problem ................. except I bent the LH crank a tad.
After getting to work, I took the crank off and put it in the bench vice in the workshop, and gave it a whack or two with a hammer.
Sorted perfectly! :D
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