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  1. fimm
    Member

    It is actually sunny in Livingston just now.

    Posted 3 days ago #
  2. gembo
    Member

    looks not bad, I was windering about train but at home time if nstill not too blowy wull eat apple and then go for it

    Posted 3 days ago #
  3. Ed1
    Member

    It was a storm in a tea cup, I expected it to be more windy this morning after checking weather report think i must have been in the calm section as sounded windy last night. When cycled home last night at 9pm was more windy

    Posted 3 days ago #
  4. unhurt
    Member

    Yes, I walked in and it was fine. Oh well!

    @gembo "when gembo eats an apple, he becomes..."?

    Posted 3 days ago #
  5. unhurt
    Member

    St Mary's in Orkney today. I've swum off that pier. It was a bit calmer though.

    Posted 3 days ago #
  6. jdanielp
    Member

    @unhurt looks like you could swim on that pier today. Yikes.

    Posted 3 days ago #
  7. unhurt
    Member

    Lots of flooding photos online now, Orkney getting a bit of a battering. The Hamnavoe (the short sea crossing Scrabster-Stromness) was supposed to get in at noon today. The crossing is usually an hour and a half long but they couldn't berth, collided with another vessel, and have been sitting off in Scapa Flow all afternoon. Now they're staying put till the morning to see if conditions are better then. NO fun! Very glad I'm not on that boat.

    Hmm, and a couple of Stagecoach buses have lost their windscreens. Eek.

    Posted 3 days ago #
  8. unhurt
    Member

  9. amir
    Member

    Quite chilly today (and for next week it seems). Not very icy on roads around Eskbank but I've taken the bus in. Partly due to not being back in the swing of things after hols, part because ice bike needs maintenance and part because of asthma fears (need to check drugs effective). But the levels of traffic seem lower than usual

    Posted 2 days ago #
  10. Frenchy
    Member

    Ice in Gilmerton.

    Posted 2 days ago #
  11. jdanielp
    Member

    Lovely morning. Patchs of easily avoidable ice on the towpath with a bit of frost on the north/south section between the Wester Hailes 'S' bend and the Calder Road Bridge, but other than that conditions were very good.

    Posted 2 days ago #
  12. acsimpson
    Member

    Plenty icy patches heading to FRB and onward in Fife this morning. I was glad I took the time to install studs last night.

    There's large amounts of ice at the top of the A90 cycle path by the main entrance to Dalmeny Estate. It looks like a pipe may be leaking so watch out if you're passing that way.

    Posted 2 days ago #
  13. SRD
    Moderator

    I've been away but will be heading along MMW/NMW shortly. I presume they're not too treacherous? I do have Marathon Winter on, so have been assuming I'll be okay if I take it easy?

    (hull city centre would be quite nice, if it weren't for the massive dual carriageways everywhere.)

    Posted 2 days ago #
  14. jdanielp
    Member

    @SRD it was fine this morning, but I took as wide a berth around the mulch towards the west of NMW as I could get away with.

    Posted 2 days ago #
  15. Ed1
    Member

    I am just home and my area was ok apart from the odd bit of ice near the edge of the road have winter tyres on. Think it was worse this morning on my road.

    Posted 2 days ago #
  16. piosad
    Member

    The mulch at the western end of NMW was being removed by some workies when I passed this morning. About time too, it was getting quite dangerous.

    Posted 2 days ago #
  17. chdot
    Admin

    Scotland faces a freezing weekend, with more snow in the north and temperatures staying below zero in places.

    However, the worst weather is expected in England on Sunday, which could cause significant disruption.

    https://www.scotsman.com/news/transport/scotland-set-for-freezing-weekend-as-met-office-warning-remains-1-4634786

    Posted 2 days ago #
  18. HankChief
    Member

    Interesting Twitter thread in the best way to clear cycle paths of snow. Sweeping and brine apparently

    Posted 1 day ago #
  19. unhurt
    Member

    Met Office app claims it's -5° and feels like -9° in my little frost pocket. Brrr!

    Posted 17 hours ago #
  20. gembo
    Member

    Little wind out there today but the wind that was blowing was fecking freezing

    Posted 16 hours ago #
  21. Iain McR
    Member

    Met Office app claims it's -5° and feels like -9° in my little frost pocket. Brrr!

    @ Unhurt - I saw a man in shorts at the market an hour ago.

    Posted 15 hours ago #
  22. Frenchy
    Member

    I had two pairs of gloves on yesterday and my hands were still cold. Yet I saw people cycling around with no gloves on.

    How do these people survive? What secret am I missing out on?

    Posted 15 hours ago #
  23. gembo
    Member

    Dcathln selling little heat pads for hands and feet frenchy? Or theory of warm core. But I think that theory is pants.

    Posted 14 hours ago #
  24. Klaxon
    Member

    This morning’s chill left me well and truly brain frozen

    My hat was shown up to be a mere fashion statement and not functional winterware

    Posted 13 hours ago #
  25. unhurt
    Member

    @Iain McR I hope you gave him a really nasty look. There's no call for that!

    @Frenchy I have this issue but with toes. Warm socks, mountain bike shoes, winter overshoes, and my feet are STILL fruz. The cold comes up through the cleats I think?

    Posted 13 hours ago #
  26. Arellcat
    Moderator

    The cold comes up through the cleats I think?

    One Hogmanay a while ago I lined my clumpy bike shoes with tin foil under the insoles, in the hope that it would reflect my body heat. After an hour of standing around in Inverleith Park, and despite about four cups of tea made on my stove, I was absolutely freezing. The tin foil made no difference at all, and ended up beaten to a micron-thick layer that took weeks to remove from my shoes.

    Yesterday I did about 14 miles on Matilda the Elephant Bike and despite the exertion my hands and feet got very cold. This wearing Endura Deluge gloves that, over two winters' testing, have proven to be not very warm. It took me about three hours to warm up once I got home.

    It's still not really that cold, though. In the winter of 2010, I arrived at work one day, by bike as usual, and my water bottle had frozen.

    Posted 13 hours ago #
  27. Stickman
    Member

    Top tip: Decathlon sell a skiing base layer for not much money (about £10 I think) It is brushed cotton on the inside and is unbelievably warm. I leave it for really cold temperatures: I wore it when it was about 4 degrees and got to work soaked in sweat.

    Posted 13 hours ago #
  28. Min
    Member

    Arellcat The tin foil made no difference at all, and ended up beaten to a micron-thick layer that took weeks to remove from my shoes.

    Lol. Though I bet for that hour, it prevented THEM from controlling your thoughts via your feet.. ;-)

    Posted 12 hours ago #
  29. Ed1
    Member

    On the BBC it says it's minus 3 in kirknewton on accu weather it says it's minus 6. If the train was running I would opt for the train tonight. Can bus replacement take bike

    Posted 11 hours ago #
  30. Iain McR
    Member

    I've been using Endura neoprene overshoes this year (Fri and Sat) with Aldi or similar merino wool socks. Feet are toasty, even after Friday's 6 hour marathon.

    Posted 11 hours ago #

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