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Re: Snow report

Postby rualexander » 5 Dec 2011, 3:20pm

About 4 inches of snow here just southeast of Glasgow when I got up this morning, and snowing again just now.
Only an inch or so yesterday so we stuck the studded tyres on and got out for a short 20 miler :
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Re: Snow report

Postby Mick F » 5 Dec 2011, 3:27pm

Good on yer, rualexander!
Nice photograph!

Sunny and dry, but been cold today.
Just washed the car BTW.

They forecast it to be freezing overnight. Maybe our first frost.
When I think about this time last year ......
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Re: Snow report

Postby [XAP]Bob » 5 Dec 2011, 3:35pm

Big John wrote:No snow in the Gateshead/Central Newcastle part of Tyneside this morning, but some of the roads (at least those without regular car traffic) were covered in black ice at 8am - I can personally attest to this having slid 20 yards on my belly down one of them following an abrupt and unexpected separation from my bike!

Happily I'm uninjured, but my bike's a little bent...

Is that like a 'bent for a clown ;)

Glad to hear you are injured - hope the bike is OK...
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Re: Snow report

Postby Audax67 » 5 Dec 2011, 4:18pm

No snow here. Yet. Borrowed time.
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Re: Snow report

Postby Audax67 » 5 Dec 2011, 4:19pm

rualexander wrote:About 4 inches of snow here just southeast of Glasgow when I got up this morning, and snowing again just now.
Only an inch or so yesterday so we stuck the studded tyres on and got out for a short 20 miler :
IMG_0393.jpg


Nice pic. How good are studs (the tyres, that is) on tarmac?
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Re: Snow report

Postby rualexander » 5 Dec 2011, 7:11pm

Studded tyres are fine on tarmac. If there is no snow or ice they are a bit noisy (a kind of crackling sound), but otherwise just like riding with knobbly tyres, no problem.
If you get tyres where the studs are tungsten carbide tipped, the studs don't wear down much, mine are now into their fourth season of weekend cycling.
If there is ice, the studs dig in and grip well and the noise drops away. On snow, the tread gives you grip as well.

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Re: Snow report

Postby Big John » 5 Dec 2011, 7:25pm

Is that like a 'bent for a clown

Glad to hear you are injured - hope the bike is OK...


:D

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Re: Snow report

Postby Audax67 » 5 Dec 2011, 10:15pm

rualexander wrote:Studded tyres are fine on tarmac. If there is no snow or ice they are a bit noisy (a kind of crackling sound), but otherwise just like riding with knobbly tyres, no problem....


Thanks for that, now I have the touring bike I'll be able to keep fit this winter with those on. Heh: according to French law I have to sport a plaque at the back reading "Pneus cloutés".
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Re: Snow report

Postby [XAP]Bob » 5 Dec 2011, 10:56pm

Audax67 wrote:
rualexander wrote:Studded tyres are fine on tarmac. If there is no snow or ice they are a bit noisy (a kind of crackling sound), but otherwise just like riding with knobbly tyres, no problem....


Thanks for that, now I have the touring bike I'll be able to keep fit this winter with those on. Heh: according to French law I have to sport a plaque at the back reading "Pneus cloutés".



Awesome - do they expect this to be steel or can you scribble it on a post it?
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Re: Snow report

Postby Tonyf33 » 6 Dec 2011, 12:30am

Only slightly cold here in North Hertfordshire around 2C at night and hovering around 6-10C during the day, we had one decent frost last Thursday, otherwise sunny & clear during for the last week or so bar a 15 minute light shower. Hanging the washing out the other day it was quite warm out of the breeze :D

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Re: Snow report

Postby Audax67 » 6 Dec 2011, 9:47am

[XAP]Bob wrote:
Audax67 wrote:
rualexander wrote:Studded tyres are fine on tarmac. If there is no snow or ice they are a bit noisy (a kind of crackling sound), but otherwise just like riding with knobbly tyres, no problem....


Thanks for that, now I have the touring bike I'll be able to keep fit this winter with those on. Heh: according to French law I have to sport a plaque at the back reading "Pneus cloutés".



Awesome - do they expect this to be steel or can you scribble it on a post it?


Maybe I'm supposed to do a Polonius and nail it to me arras.
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Re: Snow report

Postby [XAP]Bob » 6 Dec 2011, 10:04am

Slippy on the bac roads this morning - might have to get more studded tyres...
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Re: Snow report

Postby horizon » 6 Dec 2011, 11:01am

[XAP]Bob wrote:Slippy on the back roads this morning - might have to get more studded tyres...


The weatherman on Radio 4 used "slippy" this morning. Is this a northernism (as opposed to slippery)?
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Re: Snow report

Postby Tonyf33 » 6 Dec 2011, 2:11pm

horizon wrote:
The weatherman on Radio 4 used "slippy" this morning. Is this a northernism (as opposed to slippery)?

YARP :lol:
I love regional variations that describe the same thing but are totally unique, 'fair froz t' bone' might be heard in some parts of the North this winter :D

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Re: Snow report

Postby [XAP]Bob » 6 Dec 2011, 2:38pm

horizon wrote:
[XAP]Bob wrote:Slippy on the back roads this morning - might have to get more studded tyres...


The weatherman on Radio 4 used "slippy" this morning. Is this a northernism (as opposed to slippery)?


Ooh - I'm not sure I'd not describe myself as a northerner (I have been know to suggest that the north starts at the M4) but since I've lived in what is officially the midlands for a few years now...

I think it's just me being bone idle, and repeating the weather forecaster's words.
A shortcut has to be a challenge, otherwise it would just be the way. No situation is so dire that panic cannot make it worse.
There are two kinds of people in this world: those can extrapolate from incomplete data.