Is it dangerous to go mountain biking in a thunderstorm?
Mountain Biking is dangerous, you can fall off.
On a serious note if you were on exposed, ie open, ground you could be struck directly. As far as I know the charge dissipates pretty quickly once in contact with the ground, you just don’t want to be the thing that connects the lightening to the ground !Posted 4 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
I don’t think it’s any more dangerous than going for a walk in a lightning storm. Most people would try and avoid this, although obv the chances of being hit by lightning are low.
I’m riding in the Peak tomorrow and will see how the land lies – it it’s like something out of Wagner I’ll turn back, but I doubt it will be that bad.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
If you have to avoid open spaces, but also rocks, and trees, where can you go?
I was out in it earlier on today and the thought did cross my mind as I was surrounded by trees, but then I thought about that a little more- I was surrounded by trees, in a forest of about a kabillion of ’em, many of which are taller/higher what are the odds the tree I’m passing catches it? So I basically said up your Thor, and carried on.Posted 4 years agocouldashouldawouldaMember
This is an entertaining read: especially the 50m step decision thing for a strike that starts Km’s above us.
As for bikes:
Q: Is someone riding a bicycle safe from lightning?
A: NO! This isn’t only wrong, it’s potentially dead wrong. If someone told you this, he or she might have been using the false reasoning on why you’re generally safe from lightning in a car. A car, with its windows up, can protect you from lightning because the lightning will follow the metal of the car to the ground. If the windows are down, the lightning could jump into the car. A car’s tires do not insulate it from the ground as you sometimes hear. A lightning bolt that’s jumped through a couple of thousand feet of air – which is a good insulator – isn’t going to be slowed by a quarter inch of rubber in a tire.
On the other hand – I’m still alive. So maybe they’re wrong.Posted 4 years agobusydogMember
what are the odds the tree I’m passing catches it
I guess the odds are pretty good it won’t hit the one you are under/next to, but I was up riding in the mountains a few years ago and a bolt of lightning hit a 75 foot or so tall ponderosa pine about 50 yards from me. The trunk literally exploded and pieces of shattered timber were scattered up to about 75 yards out. Scared the crap out of me.Posted 4 years agolerkSubscriber
A car, with its windows up, can protect you from lightning because the lightning will follow the metal of the car to the ground. If the windows are down, the lightning could jump into the car.
Doesn’t even need windows… As long as you remain inside the faraday cage system you’ll be fine.
Maybe a possible excuse for n+1 though, carbon is marginally less conductive than ally! 😀Posted 4 years agouser-removedMember
Many, many years ago, I went for a ride out into Royal Deeside, along the disused railway line from Aberdeen. It started absolutely pissing it down – proper stair-rods. When I reached the bridge at Maryculter, there was so much water flowing over it, it looked like a river. There must have been two full inches of water.
As I started over the bridge, lightning struck the far end. The whole bridge flashed white under my tyres as the water conducted the lightning. I may have screamed. If I let my bladder go I didn’t notice – I was already soaked to the bone.
Exhilarating.Posted 4 years agobenjiSubscriber
If you want to know more about the car idea, just look up Faraday Cage, Sir Michael Faraday did a fair few experiments involving lightning, including flying kites in it.
Just get out and ride, if it’s your number it’s your number, when the big person upstairs decides it’s your turn he will get you.Posted 4 years ago
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