What's good about winter cycling

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Re: What's good about winter cycling

Postby gbnz » 27 Dec 2020, 8:43pm

peetee wrote: Still enjoyed it though.


Hmm...have to admit it's been a ....Christmas. And the five weeks before :wink:

But the 25 mile round ride over the moors on Christmas Day, with an inch of snow on the road and a bike not fitted with "full winter kit" , c/w thin, inadequate karrimor gloves, whilst below freezing and £0.99 battery lights standing in for the £80.00 state of the art dynamo lights still in the cupboard? (Nb. Have to admit my bike wasn't "legal", no legal pedals, nor front reflector :oops: )

Fantastic ride. Helped on meeting my 79 yr old mother at the end of it, still complaining it's not really winter :roll: (Nb. Suppose they used to close school at -26 when I was a kid, but to my mother, it had to be below -30). In the UK they start to panic at 0 :lol:. God, they're soft :roll: ). They haven't got wolves, never mind bears, it's unreal :roll: (Nb. Suppose we had steel trash cans and they were kept indoors in winter, just in case)

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Re: What's good about winter cycling

Postby mjr » 27 Dec 2020, 10:32pm

Beautiful clear skies and sun on the ride to the local seaside resort and back today, through the rubbish left by the receded floods. Tier 4 meant the roads were clearer than usual and despite the travel restrictions, not many of the townspeople were exercising on the seafront.
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Re: What's good about winter cycling

Postby Pebble » 28 Dec 2020, 12:44am

finally a touch of winter today, just a dusting of snow but when its like this it is just a joy to be out
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but then there is the scary bits with lots of ice that need to be avoided. esp. at the moment where a trip to hospital for a minor break could be a death sentence :shock: and even worse than that, the grinding noise of the rear rim as you try to limit speed to 5mph and only dare touch the rear break



about 12 mile of my ride was like this, just wonderful at times but the concentration levels make it pretty wearing, and the low speeds at -3 can make it tortuously cold.

great day out but 5 hours for 40 miles :roll:

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Re: What's good about winter cycling

Postby Clouded Leopard » 28 Dec 2020, 8:46am

For me it is that we change from cold rain in winter to warm rain in summer. Something to look forward too anyway.
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Re: What's good about winter cycling

Postby GeekDadZoid » 30 Dec 2020, 12:01pm

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Another winter ride, was around -1 for the whole ride just a couple of hours ride to have a brew in my mum's garden and back home. The country lanea where basically ice rinks with my mum's roads being thick with ice :shock: but I took it easy.

Really need to sort out keeping my feet warm.

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Re: What's good about winter cycling

Postby Chris56 » 30 Dec 2020, 3:16pm

Great thread this, I love reading it just to simply admire the amazing photos people are posting.

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Re: What's good about winter cycling

Postby roubaixtuesday » 30 Dec 2020, 3:56pm

Couple from today's ride

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Re: What's good about winter cycling

Postby peetee » 30 Dec 2020, 4:20pm

I would really like it if it properly snowed down here. It would make a change to weeks of damp, wet and miserable weather. I also have a pair of studded tyres to try out. :)
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Re: What's good about winter cycling

Postby Mick F » 30 Dec 2020, 6:59pm

Photo from March 2018 ........... the last time it snowed here.

Calstock Road out of Gunnislake at Hatches Green.
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Re: What's good about winter cycling

Postby peetee » 30 Dec 2020, 7:47pm

Yeh but your ‘here’ is Up Country. I iz a loooong wayz frum Inglund. 8)
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Re: What's good about winter cycling

Postby Traction_man » 31 Dec 2020, 8:53am

alexnharvey wrote:
Traction_man wrote:
Ride-sleep-repeat wrote:All of the above!!
I find riding in Autumn/Winter makes me feel better mentally.
It beats sitting inside any day 8)


That's a good point, for me it's sometimes difficult to get the motivation to head out (esp now doing the same old routes locally) but once I am out and assuming the weather is half-way decent then I always come back feeling pleased with myself, even if it is only a shortish spin.

Plus when the sun does come out and the wind drops it's a real bonus to otherwise dark days and long nights...

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54.35437531860698, -5.528782718747712 ?


pretty close!!

it's actually here--https://goo.gl/maps/rozYjRuD81znudYb6

lovely part of the world :-)

cheers,

Keith

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Re: What's good about winter cycling

Postby alexnharvey » 31 Dec 2020, 11:17am

Very nice, I don't think I've ever been right down to the end of the peninsula but sailed by many times.

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Re: What's good about winter cycling

Postby Mick F » 31 Dec 2020, 3:22pm

Wet sleet earlier, turning to dry sleet. Looks like it's getting wet again now.
Woke up this morning to a thick covering of frost, but that had all gone by 11am.
If the temp drops later, it's going to be treacherous out there as all that damp sleet covering the un-gritted roads will be like ice sheets.

Just looking out of the window.
Wet damp snow now. Looking at it landing on the car, it's thawing as it's landing on it.

If it freezes later, I ain't going out tomorrow morning! :shock:
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Re: What's good about winter cycling

Postby Mick F » 31 Dec 2020, 3:51pm

Photo from near the top of Gunnislake Hill only a few minutes ago. Courtesy of FaceBook and Mrs Mick F's friends. (I don't do FB)
Cycled up that hill more times than I care to think about. Down it too.
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Re: What's good about winter cycling

Postby Pneumant » 31 Dec 2020, 4:39pm

Ice Tyres! I adapted a pair of old MTB tyres with tiny self-tappers a couple of yrs ago for just such conditions. Cycling on the iced up roads produces a strange feeling of invulnerability, actually best fun I've had on a bike for ages and I found myself searching out ever more treacherous ice flows to conquer 8) If we get an additional layer of snow / ice here tonight will fit them for a New Year ice ride :D