how cold is too cold to commute on the bike?
Started commuting on road this year but facing my first winter..
Used to live on the South Coast with no real ice but now further north so feeling a little nervous about slippery roads
so tell me when do you leave the bike in the shed ?
Any views on cold weather cycling?
PS Don’t tell me about studded tires – no such thing for a Brompton!Posted 7 years agononkMember
an old lady trundles past my house every morning at 6:50 on an electric wheel chair thing to go and open her shop which i might add is at least 6 miles away.Posted 7 years ago
the only days i didnt see her last year was when the snow was to deep.
she is old and she cant pedal to stay warm.
dont be a big shandy drinking girl. 😀TheBrickMember
Never had a problem even in the Snow last year, but it was an urban commute and when everything went tits up traffic was slow and I rode in the tracks made by them (28 mm tyres).
However I would be cautious if I had some big hills on my commute in a rural area. Shaded areas under trees can be terrible when really cold as ice will persist. I have a friend who was in a small group, he was just behind and watched three people drop on a sheltered bit of ice under some trees. I think one them broke a bone.
If you are urban though I definitely would not worry, just take it easy and be sensible.Posted 7 years ago
I came off a couple of times last year on ungritted back roads, even when carefull and holding off the brakes I still went down. Luckily I didn’t have a tipper wagon following. Hard to judge but I’d keep to the verges and look to land a foot on the grass rather than riding more centrally if in doubt.Posted 7 years agodekadanseMember
Had some great -5 or -6 rides in sunny Suffolk last winter, including one highly enjoyable one round Alton Water as the sun went down, racing a muntjack deer which was the only other creature out enjoying the crispness. Lots of impacted snow turning into ice sheets though, so some good sideways drift. As others have said, beware of black ice!Posted 7 years agouplinkMember
Depends on the bike a lot too
A skinny tyred road bike with drops is a bigger handful than fat tyres & MTB barsPosted 7 years ago
There’s was loads of early morning icy roads last year & during that spell of really bad weather, on the road out side my house we had a 6″ layer of solid ice for about a month & with a big crown on the road it was unrideable, I had to push to the main road before I could get goingKarinofnineMember
Temperature no problem, but ice gives me the willies. Layhams Road is my nemesis, the rest is in the ‘burbs and town and no problem.
Wait, I’ve just remembered I read years and years ago that vigorous exercise in very low temperatures damages your lungs, but I think they were talking about -15. I will go and look it up.
I’m back, looks like I was talking rubbish: here’s a link from Runners WorldPosted 7 years agohelsMember
Depends on your commute – I wimp out severely when it’s icy. Country roads are treated around my way but they are also very busy and cars drive even more like total retards in bad conditions. Have come off a couple of times on ice just lucky there wasn’t a lorry full of rocks from the quarry on my tail.
Also, cold has quite an impact on reactions, once you get proper cold even pedalling hard won’t warm you up. According to my mate you might have well have a couple of pints of wife beater before you leave.Posted 7 years ago
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