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"Severe weather warning"

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  • Started 8 years ago by chdot
  • Latest reply from I were right about that saddle

  1. deckard112
    Member

    (First post in a while!)...not too bad on way in from Dunfermline this morning apart from one cheek clencher just past burnshot, would be surprised if the chap riding not too far behind me didn't hear my involuntary "oh ya f.....!" as my back wheel kicked out a little on a small patch of ice!

    Stuck to Queensferry Road into the city after that (the irony that a main road is 'safer' than NCN1)

    Still a lovely ride in though!

    Posted 9 months ago #
  2. SRD
    Moderator

    If you're going down the mound, avoid the cycle lane. very frosty in general and extremely icy near turn for New College - two pylons on the ice, but keep well clear.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  3. Frenchy
    Member

    If you're going down the mound, avoid the cycle lane.

    Even in summer, this is often worth doing.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  4. SRD
    Moderator

    Yes, I always avoid the lane. today there was an additional reason (Plus the usual vans parked in the cycle lane.)

    Posted 9 months ago #
  5. ARobComp
    Member

    Much of the South West had not been gritted this AM. Colinton Road had not been gritted at all for a while from what I could tell. Very white. Led to a very horrible cycle down to Polwarth Terrace. Didn't try the canal as I was running late.

    Apart from insane drivers the new town was reasonably ok.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  6. unhurt
    Member

    @SRD why is there always a CEC van parked on the double yellows at the bottom? I keep giving them ineffectual evils as I squeeze past (I'm not sure they've ever actually noticed, but I feel better!), but I don't know if it's even the same van / driver / passenger. Grr!

    Posted 9 months ago #
  7. jdanielp
    Member

    Hmm, conditions were definitely as bad as, if not worse than, this morning on my way home, although there's no doubt a degree of night cycling psychology affecting my judgement as well. I hope that the clouds do indeed roll in and convincingly warm things up a little by tomorrow morning.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  8. rider73
    Member

    I'm not sure Temps are going to be high enough to melt any ice, almost hit the deck walking to coop tonight....

    Posted 9 months ago #
  9. gembo
    Member

    WoL Path was rock hard. Too icy to come back up in the dark but road not terrible, had to take primary a lot but wind behind was a boon.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  10. amir
    Member

    Looked sketchy on side roads and paths this evening.

    Anyone been on the Innocent today?

    Posted 9 months ago #
  11. gembo
    Member

    Cowgate closed. After bannermans heading west. I thought for burst mains but was in fact a fire at the ox184 bar

    Posted 9 months ago #
  12. Vez
    Member

    @amir - I was on the Innocent this morning around 9am from Magdalene playpark through to steep bit up to Holyrood Park just before the tunnel and it was fine. It's been liberally gritted, almost to a fault. Didn't go home that way tonight though.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  13. amir
    Member

    Thanks Vez

    Posted 9 months ago #
  14. amir
    Member

    Just a warning: my pollution app is forecasting very high levels of pollution tomorrow

    Posted 9 months ago #
  15. wingpig
    Member

    Oooh. Might be time for a lunchtime WoL trip if the cold has controlled the mud...

    Posted 9 months ago #
  16. gembo
    Member

    @wingpig not just the mud, most of the little streams trickling across were frozen this a.m my gloves despite being decathlon 900s and despite having additional separate liner gloves, were no match for the cold

    Posted 9 months ago #
  17. Iain McR
    Member

    Innocent was just ok both ways this morning and evening - although this evening it felt like there was a lot more white frost - not sure if that's good or bad.

    One plus about the CX bike self-destructing last week means I am now using the 29er MTB to commute on - its feels great and super grippy with the massive 2.5" tyres. Not noticeably slower and so much more comfortable.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  18. SRD
    Moderator

    I have a a ridiculously short commute but the only things keeping my fingers warm are Canadian mittens made from decidedly a non-artificial material. Toasty. But hard to shift gears.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  19. ARobComp
    Member

    Moped gloves from the electric bike shop at toll cross are my chosen glove of choice - wind proof and nice and warm.

    Rode back up the big main roads home as didn't fancy the canal with the frost and ice. Super paranoid about crashing at the moment.

    Going to ride in late tomorrow, possibly on the MTB as it just feels safer as IAin McR mentions.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  20. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Not noticeably slower and so much more comfortable.

    When I doing the Death Star via the canal I had 40mm tyres on at first as I thought it was still gravel and they were on the bike anyway. Going down to 32mm made no difference to speed at all.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  21. jdanielp
    Member

    The temperature has eased up somewhat, but there's still an edge to the wind. I'll be interested to see what the morning brings.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  22. gembo
    Member

    I was beaten by pal from commute last night who was on an original Gary fisher mtb from 1990s He is normally quicker than me on his road bike but I thought I had a chance last night. He pulled a buffalo girls go round the outside manoeuvre at Gillespie X-road lights whereas I held back as the lights had changed to green and I never did catch him. I could see him just not catch him. His confidence at Gillespie X road was a direct result of the mtb giving him a safer footing. (Is my reading)

    Posted 9 months ago #
  23. chdot
    Admin

    "

    Fisher went to work in 1975 on his 1930s Schwinn Excelsior X bicycle. His innovations to the model included drum brakes, motorcycle brake levers and cables, and triple chainrings

    "

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Fisher

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    It was built with old parts from Gary's original 1940 DX

    "

    http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=278922

    Posted 9 months ago #
  24. Greenroofer
    Member

    Towpath quite sparkly in places west of Meggetland at 0730 today but clear in others. Reasonably busy with bikes who didn't seem to have studded tyres. My assessment is that it's passable with care out to the bypass.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  25. Frenchy
    Member

    Not much frost in South Edinburgh, but patches of black ice on the pavements.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  26. jdanielp
    Member

    The towpath is largely find between town and the Slateford Aqueduct, patchy between there and Wester Hailes and still quite frosty beyond... The only tyre slippage that I felt was on a minor, ineffectively gritted path at Heriot-Watt (which would probably have been fine if it had either been ignored or massively over-gritted, as is more usual here).

    Posted 9 months ago #
  27. chdot
    Admin

    L

    Yellow ‘snow and ice’ warning issued

    https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/scotland-s-weather-yellow-snow-and-ice-warning-issued-1-4659695

    Ah, the dreaded yellow snow.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  28. chdot
    Admin

  29. amir
    Member

    On the plus side, it seemed lighter on the way in this morning. And pretty mild, relatively speaking

    Posted 9 months ago #
  30. amir
    Member

    Looking at the weather forecast now, I can see that there are no warnings in place for Friday (yet).

    Posted 9 months ago #

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