At what temperature do you bin your commute or ride
Commute out in the sticks then I’d bin it and take the car. Risk of tarmac black ice may be small but it needs heeding. You’re a long time out with a broken wrist or collar bone. Drive carefully, mind.
MTB ride bit different as you can almost always accomodate the amount of ice you encounter. Frozen trails would be a godsend right now and well worth risking the occasional icy section.Posted 4 years agocookeaaSubscriber
Last Tuesday morning was Icey and west berks council had decided gritting the A4 (not really a minor road) was low on their priorities list, so I went over on a roundabout just on the outskirts of Thatcham. Looks like I’ll be setting off in ~0*C and Fog tommorow morning and I’m not too sure how wise the idea is.
MTB along the Kennet is out due to flooding (bloody Gay marriages!) So if it’s looking really dicey I might sack it off and drive in…Posted 4 years ago
But then I need to get the miles in…DT78Member
Tbh whenever there is a significant chance of ice. I wiped out last winter, I had enough time to think “not again” before I hit the deck. Luckily no broken wrist or collar bone. I just don’t risk it now, not worth the potential down time (and pain)
And when it pisses down…..which is quite a lot this winter…..Posted 4 years ago
I commute from Mortimer to Newbury (west Berkshire also)The Kennet towpath was ok this morning from Aldermaston wharf to Thatcham Station. Recommend crud catchers as quite muddy in places but not flooded, section between the station and Hambridge Lane is closed. The rural lanes are dodgy down to the A4 with water frozen from flooded fields, walked for 1/2 mile .. Safer although 20mins late for work.Posted 4 years agomrchrispyMember
I’ve been quite blasé about cycling in the cold the last few years and almost expect to take a couple of tumbles, even made a home brew ice tyre. However, being out over Christmas and having a mate brake his hip is making me think twice. Snow, sleet, rain and cold I can deal with….the bloody ice scares me now, that and drivers!!!Posted 4 years agojock-muttleyMember
As I don’t commute ( work from home) I’m strictly a leisure rider I suppose. I try and get out 5 days out of 7 with the rest days being non consecutive. I’ll take the decision on the day whether it’s a rest day or not that tend to be weather related. What will out me off is high winds and rain.
Temperature doesn’t worry me, in fact I’ll DELIBERATELY go out in snow, if it’s going to be icy I’ll pad up ( the bonus is the old 661 comps I have cover my knees & shins so keep my legs & feet toasty) legs & elbows, if it’s going to be blowy / snowy the recon lid is swapped for my dirt jump lid or even my full face if it’s arctic.
I’ve only binned one ride and that was because I physically couldn’t get to the local trails as the council hadn’t gritted anything as there had been a thaw but it had all refrozen early in the morning so it was all sheet ice, by the time is tried three alternative routes is only got a mile from home and I’d fallen 4 times and lost count of the near misses so I sacked it in and just pushed the bike back home.Posted 4 years agouphillcursingSubscriber
For me on the upper threshold is mid Thirties. Might be tempted if the route was mostly in the trees but if no tree cover then would want a bit lower. Similar to Mike any riding done would be even slower and mincier(TM) then usual.
On the lower end used to subscribe the “no such thing as unsuitable weather” however as all my riding is for fun age seems to be making me a little more selective.
Edit: Not suggesting Mike is slow or Minces. Just that I feel kike im fighting a loosing battle with my body in high temps.Posted 4 years agoMarmosetMember
38-40 degrees C for the commute, as its still more pleasant than getting the bus and walking in that temperature (albeit I take it very easy) It was marginal yesterday and still only down to 34 by 5.30pm. Mid 30’s for a ride, as there’s no need to dessicate oneself whilst having fun.
Other than that only biblical wind speeds keep me off the bike.Posted 4 years agopeathMember
Also start my commute in West Berks!! Aldermaston to Fleet, (once or twice a week) commute in all weathers, on minor roads. Rode in yesterday and fell off on black ice in Hartley Whitney, including a comic ‘trying to stand up moment’ – no real damage, but I was very cautious after that!Posted 4 years agoPeterPoddyMember
I’m currently committing by motorbike. It was -2 the other morning and rather icy on the side roads but that didn’t stop me. When I used to cycle Ithe lowest temperature I did it in was -7 at 06.30am. My water was a slush puppy by the time I got to work! In the snow the other year it was fun! 🙂Posted 4 years agotonyg2003Subscriber
I leave the bike at home when it’s icy particularly black ice. Decided last Sunday to do a MTB ride instead of a road ride due to the risk if ice and on the 200yds of Tarmac we rode me and a mate came down on black ice formed from a frozen field run off. Mate smashed his hip in 2 places and had a 4hour OP yesterday to pin him back together.Posted 4 years ago
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