can't cycle because of the snow and ice

Commuting, Day rides, Audax, Incidents, etc.
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Postby lauriematt » 8 Jan 2009, 9:52am

the last few years ive used the hybrid thro summer & winter...
but last year i picked up a MTB aswell

so after a fair few falls off the hybrid on the ice...ive swithed to the MTB with knobblies until the weather warms up

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Postby benoit » 8 Jan 2009, 1:08pm

Thanks everyone for all the interesting replies.
The sun is out today in Cambridgeshire, so my daily commute will resume tomorrow.. can't wait ;-)


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Postby tb » 8 Jan 2009, 4:43pm

As soon as the weather turns cold enough for ice & snow I am extremely cautious about taking the bike to work.
I had a bad fall about 25 years ago, hit a patch of ice and ended up in hospital with a dislocated shoulder and the worst bit was that I was off the bike for at about a month, so I won't be doing that again in a hurry.

Better to take the train / bus ( or car ) for a couple of days than be off the bike for weeks.

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Postby The Macca Show » 8 Jan 2009, 7:48pm

I've been using a MTB for my daily commute and through the heavy frosts and icy patches we've had here this week, the MTB feels like a tank compared to my usual hybrid. I've not long perfected my ideal cold weather clothing combination following a gift of thermal LJ's from Santa!

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Postby Slowroad » 10 Jan 2009, 9:08pm

Years ago I was out cycling in Newcastle in really icy weather and both tyres went completely flat - when I looked at them they were all split - they had just fallen apart with the cold! Haven't done it since...

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Postby AlanD » 11 Jan 2009, 5:23pm

Measuring the risk can be a very subjective thing. I took a spill last week as I came out of my driveway; bike and I parted company, I landed on my back and thanks to all the layers of clothing I did'nt feel a thing. Walked bike to main road then continued without incident. Now a bruise would not upset me too much, but if I had a prang in my lovely car I know I would shed loads of tears, cash I cannot afford and probably kick myself all week for going out and wrecking my beautiful car. Of course, I am not elderly and cars can be replaced.

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Postby yakdiver » 11 Jan 2009, 5:50pm

As I only ride for pleasure and the weather is cold I haven't been out on my bike this year, but one of the main reasons is I don't want to hurt myself or the bike