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  1. kaputnik
    Moderator

    Yesterday I cycle Broomhouse Path and length of NEPN from Roseburn to St. Marks Park via. Chancelot Path. And then onwards I did MMW. Only the upper section of MMW showed signs of being gritted, and in such an over-the-top manner as to appear to be thickly covered in frost!

    Posted 8 years ago #
  2. Uberuce
    Member

    BenN: even the ninja cat-hybrid rider this morning used the perpendicular/pedestrian side of those rumblestrips.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  3. Baldcyclist
    Member

    Today I avoided cycle paths as much as I could. Wee bit of frost on the Fife side of the A90 cycle path, B8000 no frost or ice, Lochend Rd wee bit of ice at sides of road, A8 no ice or frost.
    Guessing that will be my route until the cycle path ice disappears...

    Posted 8 years ago #
  4. cb
    Member

    I have to say that I've been quite impressed by the time and space that many drivers gave me this morning.

    Whilst I'm a bit scared of falling off my bike, I'm much more scared of being run over by the car following.

    Abbotsford Park had quite a sheen this morning, and the bumpy ramp down to the Telfer underpass was quite icy, but it was clearer close to the wall.

    Much more snow, ice and general coldness in Stirling compared to Edinburgh. Not the funnest commute ever.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  5. duncans
    Member

    Sounds like I took the cycle path equivalant of BaldCyclist's route for the most part.

    Queensferry estates - icy and dangerous.
    B800 path - frost & icy.
    Kirkliston-Newbridge path - hard work, chunky frozen snow & ice. Dogs. Avoid.
    A8 path - all very frosty. Some ice. Airport r/b icy.

    Advisible only with spiky tyres.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  6. minus six
    Member

    @Baldcyclist, duncans

    aye, its B8000 > Standingstane Road > B9080 > A90 right into town, until hell freezes over

    Posted 8 years ago #
  7. Baldcyclist
    Member

    @Duncans
    Aye the cycle path on B8000 looked frosty, was trying to sus out the A8 path on the way in for a possible off road route home (it looked not too bad from the road), loks like I'll be on the road again!

    Posted 8 years ago #
  8. Baldcyclist
    Member

    @o_0 , duncans Hmm Standingstane Rd an option for me in mornings (don't like B9080 at night!), often do the B8000 then road past QE Yards to Standingstane Rd in morning, but that road is icy off limits just now.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  9. minus six
    Member

    The QE yard junction end can certainly be dodgy but a winter tyre on the front helps calm the nerves.

    Occasionally i'll walk down the steepest bit of Standingstane road if i don't have the bottle on the day.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  10. chdot
    Admin

    "
    Met Offfice warnings (@metofficeScot)
    04/12/2012 11:37
    Yellow Warning of Ice for SW Scotland, Lothian Borders : Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Borders, West Lothian, ... http://bit.ly/11wwkLC

    Posted 8 years ago #
  11. SRD
    Moderator

    Leamington walk is supposed to be being gritted today.

    Check out the map here. If you click on the coloured bits, it tells you what 'priority' they are. If they are priority 1 and you know they're not being done, please tweet, email, clarence or whatever until it gets done.

    Does anyone know what the policy is for non priority 1 routes? i.e. what are the non priority 1 routes? I know they aren't gritted on weekends, or before 7,30 am. but what are they called, and where are they? eg is there priority 2 and 3? do they ever get gritted?

    If 'non priority 1s' are not gritted on weekends, that suggests that priority 1s are. but they're not. and they're not even gritted when there are met warnings.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  12. Rethinking my routes home. Innocent, hah! And the usual South Arthur's Seat road is where Ruggtomcat came off last week - I was thinking last night that I'm heading through there at 20-25mph, and I'd really rather not come off.

    I think it's main road commutes from now on through winter...

    Posted 8 years ago #
  13. Smudge
    Member

    On the run down the main road this morning I was hitting about 35mph and pondering whether I should start wearing the plastic hat in these conditions :-/ not very nice wx

    Posted 8 years ago #
  14. Arellcat
    Moderator

    SRD, the CEC gritting map shows priority 1 routes in red and priority 2 routes in blue. Purple pavements are also gritted.

    Any non-priority route is in grey and gets done either not at all or when resources allow—or when Big Society does it itself.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  15. DaveC
    Member

    @ Baldcyclist, duncans & o_0 ...

    tsk tsk... I have a snow tyres and take the route along the coast in. Dalmenty estate = dirt track and no slipery surfaces, Cramond Brig and then down through Cramond and along the coast to Granton. Wee bit of ice in places where water flows across the path but fine until the slippery cobbles of Scotland street upto Dublin St.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  16. SRD
    Moderator

    is it sleeting out there? Looks 'orrid.

    Nice little dip in temp at Kings Buildings suggests that answer to my question is yes.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  17. minus six
    Member

    @DaveC

    Out of interest, what's your commute time on that route, from north end FRB to Dublin Street?

    Posted 8 years ago #
  18. wingpig
    Member

    Does anyone have Marathon Winters in 700*35 who can take a couple of pictures (side and front elevations) of the tyre with a ruler next to it so that I can attempt to determine whether I have sufficient clearance for such things beneath my mudguards, pre-purchase-planning?

    Posted 8 years ago #
  19. Dave
    Member

    Will do.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  20. minus six
    Member

    don't have a camera to hand but the figures are

    4cm height from side, and 3.5cm width from above

    that's a brand new unused Marathon Winter 700*35

    Posted 8 years ago #
  21. DaveC
    Member

    I can lend you a Marathon plus 35mm tyre if you like wingpig.

    o_0 See my route here:

    http://app.strava.com/activities/20339461

    But incase you don't want to, its around 50 mins from the FRB south side offramp to Dublin Street.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  22. Kirst
    Member

    is it sleeting out there? Looks 'orrid.
    Not yet; it's just rain. But if the temperature continues to drop, it will be sleeting. And tomorrow will be icy.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  23. rust
    Member

    Went for a quick blast round the Braids early this morning and have just ordered some Ice Spikers.

    As WC said earlier, it's not the actual slippyness that is the problem, it's the worrying about how slippy it is.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  24. lionfish
    Member

    Did my big-society thing this morning: Gritted the pavement from Slateford Green to Slateford Road. Bit worried all this rain etc will wash it all away - drat!

    Oh well, it helped for a few hours.

    Just about to go out (briefly) into the maelstrom...

    Take care all.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  25. SRD
    Moderator

    I definitly saw snow in air earlier, but seemed to be landing as rain. When I was out, itwas just wet.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  26. lionfish
    Member

    Yep. It's just wet at the moment, but the temperature's dropping...


    -- http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/abs/Weathercam/station

    Might head home soon before everything ices over. Was waiting for rain to stop tbh...

    "Outbreaks of rain and sleet will be clearing southwards on Tuesday night and early Wednesday, leaving surfaces wet and prone to freezing as skies clear and temperatures fall." -- met office

    Posted 8 years ago #
  27. wingpig
    Member

    Whatever was being blown into my face heading through the park on the way home was quite sore.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  28. Puzzle
    Member

    Opted to leave the bike at home this morning, looks like tomorrow is going to be similar.Can't believe just how much I miss my morning commutes.

    It will have to be the gym this week :(

    Posted 8 years ago #
  29. gembo
    Member

    @winpig - I had hail then snow then sleet

    Posted 8 years ago #
  30. SRD
    Moderator

    More on the NEPN and Leamington walk (with picture): http://deceasedcanine.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/priorities.html

    Posted 8 years ago #

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