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  1. wingpig
    Member

    The leaf-littery curving bit between Bingham and Duddingston Road West was a bot crispy this morning so will be worth going below walking pace over this evening...

    Posted 6 years ago #
  2. pixelmix
    Member

    We're getting OT here, but how would a Joe Public like me go about finding out how actually owns the land on which the path is built?

    *Cough* You could ask your friendly local conveyancing solicitor to check Registers of Scotland for you for a nominal outlay. You can ask Registers of Scotland yourself, but they will charge you for the time they will spend searching on your behalf.

    PS - Water of Leith walkways are pleasantly crispy mud/gravel rather than the slippy tarmac available elsewhere.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  3. ARobComp
    Member

    Puddles around hermits croft and this side of the tunnel (town side) frozen already. If there is moisture overnight be careful!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  4. SRD
    Moderator

    The returnees from panto in deepest darkest north edinburgh report Granton area well-frosted and icy, but less so towards craigleith.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  5. custard
    Member

    Thanks wingpig
    I braved it. I dont mind admitting i was utterly !$*@ing myself
    Dont think it was wise to make a dark ride in icy conditions my first in 5-6 months!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  6. Kirst
    Member

    I walked past Scottish Widows on my way to the Commie Pool at 6 this morning, and their ornamental pond was icing over.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  7. SRD
    Moderator

    Canal has skim coat of ice this morning too.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  8. chdot
    Admin

    "
    wingpig (@wingpig)
    30/11/2012 09:23
    @north_team NEPN parallel to Telford Drive. Where the huge puddles form. @south_team @CyclingEdin @SRDEdinburgh @edintravel @east_team

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    South Team (@south_team)
    30/11/2012 09:35
    @CyclingEdin @SRDEdinburgh @wingpig @edintravel @north_team @east_team advised routes have been added but logistics to be confirmed ASAP

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    andy arthur (@cocteautriplets)
    30/11/2012 09:49
    @south_team @CyclingEdin @SRDEdinburgh @wingpig @edintravel @north_team @east_team suggest a shovel and wheelbarrow of grit for 'logistics'

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    Sara Dorman (@SRDEdinburgh)
    30/11/2012 11:07
    @south_team @CyclingEdin @wingpig @edintravel @north_team @east_team logistics = actually dong something? Hope it gets sorted before spring

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    Graham Budd (@TheBuddster)
    30/11/2012 13:47
    Just met with a member of our Roads Team to look at cycling issues from @CyclingEdin rep. A mix of short, med & long terms actions ahead.

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    Posted 6 years ago #
  9. crowriver
    Member

    Plenty of ice on Porty prom yesterday. We steered clear of the off-road paths, preferring to take our chances on the main road. Problem with former railway cuttings is no sun in winter to melt the ice.

    Today should be another freezing day, solution is just to stick to the roads: all those car tyres )plus salt) get rid of most of the ice...

    Posted 6 years ago #
  10. Kirst
    Member

    Be careful if you're coming out of Terrar's Croft and turning left to head towards the Commie. The first block of tenements on the left, between Terrar's Croft and Homebase, are having some sort of drainage problem. Hot water was pouring out of a drain cover this morning, then spreading across the pavement and onto the road. It's stopped now but the residual water will be lethal once it's frozen.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  11. Smudge
    Member

    Fine snow above Falkirk just now...

    Posted 6 years ago #
  12. Uberuce
    Member

    Snow above Shandon right now too.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  13. kaputnik
    Moderator

    As this is an ice thread, I created a snowday specific thread

    Posted 6 years ago #
  14. Smudge
    Member

    Awwww, but there is ice under the snow...

    ;-)

    Posted 6 years ago #
  15. kaputnik
    Moderator

    There are some significant pockets of ice on the NEPN on either side of the Crewe Toll red bridge. Will tweet to @northteam

    Posted 6 years ago #
  16. SRD
    Moderator

    Yup, was going to report NEPN cyclable* from Powderhall to Russell road, but with substantial frostypatches. Only one really bad place - I slowed down too much at big slush puddle after Telford and we nearly came off.

    * with spikes

    Posted 6 years ago #
  17. Baldcyclist
    Member

    First bit of path from Wester Coates to the junction at Sainsburys?? was fine, on the left hand path from that junction what was slushy snow this morning had become rutted tyre track ice from most of the way up the wee hill (which was mostly ok), the bit down the hill not so good. Did that unclipped pushy thing rather than pedal, passed a few walking cyclists on that stretch, would have myself had it not been for my plastic cleats probably making walking even worse.

    Given the overnight weather forecast, I suspect tomorrow's commute will be on the trunk road network...

    Posted 6 years ago #
  18. SRD
    Moderator

    @baldcyclist I had lightweight walkingshoes on, not my usual cycling shoes, and strap on cleats in rucksack, in case I needed to walk, but didn't slip at all, except when I slowed down in the puddle.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  19. LivD
    Member

    Inspired (or scared!) by the messages on here, I have just put my studded tyres on in preparation for tomorrow's NEPN commute. Thank you :)

    Posted 6 years ago #
  20. kaputnik
    Moderator

    I took NEPN gingerly on my touring bike, which has lightly-treaded 700x32 tyres, so neither too wide nor too chunky. A couple of more adventurous fellows on mountain bikes passed me, it didn't sound like they had snow tyres, think they were just being less overly careful than I. I was alerted to the bad ice - there's a pocket in the kink in the path before it diverts around the Selex carpark at back of Crewe Toll fire station and then a larger section before the ramp down to Crewe Toll itself. It is frozen slush, pretty thick and both rider infront and I slowed right down and punted across with 1 foot on the ground.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  21. LivD
    Member

    @kaputnik - I turn off at the red bridge to head down to work; tight and awkward turn at the best of times. With ice = terrible. Thanks for the warning- even with studs on I will treat it with respect tomorrow.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  22. Kirst
    Member

    I've been out for my morning swim and the walk to the Commie and back was hairraising. All the melted snow from yesterday has frozen so there is a thick layer of frost and ice everywhere. It's very pretty, shimmering like diamonds under the streetlights, but I wouldn't want to cycle on it. Be careful.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  23. Uberuce
    Member

    Go into maximum ice paranoia red alert, folks. Even if it means changing the bulb. Most of the ice has the decency to be frosted over and easily visible and as Kirst said, worth looking at for aesthetics, but there's bound to be treacherous ice hidden elsewhere.

    The chap in front of my on Broomhouse path had almost no grip on his 23mm slicks, but did have some mightily impressive bike handling prowess, so he didn't fall. I followed up behind at a gentler pace, even though wintersaurus got plenty of grip.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  24. Darkerside
    Member

    I do a very reasonable price on red bulbs. Order five and get a free Arrooogah! klaxon.

    Be prepared.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  25. Min
    Member

    I saw a bazillion ambulances this morning. And it is not even properly icy yet - as in it could be a lot worse. :-/

    Posted 6 years ago #
  26. Darkerside
    Member

    North East ambulance (Newcastle, Durham, etc) hit their panic button yesterday due to call volume, so I imagine it's similar across the UK.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  27. Dave
    Member

    Hmm - really very crispy today!

    5 ways still looked a bit like this (pic from Mon):

    Grass a bit greener, surface worse (snow becomes ice).

    Seemed like an ordinary day thanks to the studs though. I'm trying to decide whether to buy another set for SWMBO. She doesn't commute by bike any more so it may be a bit extravagant (but then I'd have spares).

    Posted 6 years ago #
  28. chdot
    Admin

    "She doesn't commute by bike any more"

    Do you mean 'in this weather' or at all?

    Posted 6 years ago #
  29. BenN
    Member

    Sorry to echo so many other comments, but had to tell <someone> - first icy day on my Marathon Winters (thanks to Dave's review) and WOW! Water of Leith path from Dean Village to Murrayfield was thick with ice, but not a single slip or mishap, and the Broomhouse Path was just as easy to ride as any other day (except the silly parallel rutted cycle indicators, even I'm not THAT brave).

    Still asking myself why I didn't get a pair last year, and eagerly waiting to see what else winter thinks it can throw at me!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  30. SRD
    Moderator

    MMW thickly covered in grit (from yesterday morning's liberal application? or another at tea-time?) but Leamington walk showed no sign of gritting at all. Both supposedly priority one paths. Why didn't tractor carry on across and up?

    My experience is that Leamington walk (ie path across Bruntsfield links) freezes first, as it is higher.

    Posted 6 years ago #

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