I left a lot more than a scratch on a car recently. Woman came through an intersection to make a left turn. The problem is that I was where she wanted to go and was forced to turn sharply to avoid getting creamed.
I guarantee she has, at the very least, a scrtach on the the side of her car where my cycling shoe with cleat attached made contact.
Yesterday and today were nice.
Clear skies and clear roads. About -12*C leaving the house in the morning and last night heading home was about -4*C. Today will be a bity warmer.
Better than Monday and Tuesday when I was riding home through almost freezing temps with heavy rain and a little snow mixed in for good measure.
I saw a new low in driving stupidity today as a guy went whizzing by while typing a message with both hands on his Blackberry, staring down the whole time.
Starting to warm up again now; it's been below freezing in the mornings for most of the week. Somehow that always makes me ride slower.
Today's commute was sucktastic... I needed to drive the car and it took nearly 40 minutes to drive 20 blocks on roads that were not that bad although it seems that the snow was giving some driver's fits.
I felt like the only person who was running winter tyres.
I rode home last night after working some OT. It was dark and then it started to rain about halfway home. I was not expecting that. The cool part was that it was fairly warm and did not make the ride totally miserable. I think me riding in the dark makes my wife so nervous especially when I got home and she saw that I was soaked. :/
It sure felt good to be pedaling though.
bonus was listening to the rain pitter patter on the leaves and smelling the wet leaves as I rode. It made me remember my childhood. Funny how smells bring back memories!
Let me tell.. The temp yesterday, and the day before was in the low 40s. I put on too much clothing.. When I reached the subway, I had to peel off..Put back on when exiting the subway. Went for a ride in the cold morning through the old streets. Nothing like it.. 5:50 am in the morning, dark streets, cold, and mucho lights on my bike. Great ride.. I cannot tell you how much cars give you respect when you are running bright lights. I ran across some ninjas out there, don't know how they do it.. At first light, here they come, still almost dark, no lights whatsoever...
Anyway, when they are in front of me, they get lite up, I tell you that..:lol:
sometime over the last number of years that has all changed. People have got stupid and lazy and they believe .the marketing from the tire companies saying that you only need "all seasons" which is convenient because people are too cheap to pay the money to buy the proper tires.
People are getting more stupid and more selfish and I don't see it changing for the better.
Likewise with car tires. All season tires make sense where snow is fairly rare, or the accumulations are small, or when roads are plowed and sanded or salted. For folks who are willing to leave the car home 3-4 days a year (if that) all seasons pay off in better tire life, and fuel economy. Obviously if roads are snow covered more than a few days a year, and/or driving in all conditions is a necessity, than you need a SNOW tire, studded if clear ice is also common.
So all season isn't all weather, and folks need to decide which they need, and accept the limitations.
Had our local Cranksgiving event today, and decided to commute on my bike to and from the event (30 miles round trip) plus the 12 mile fun ride, so I got in 42+ miles today. Going up there was a constant 15-20 MPH headwind in which I averaged only about 10.9 MPH. Going home was awesome, 14.1 MPH average. :thumb: Great event which raised over $500 for the Mid-South Food Bank, which purchases over $1500 worth of food for local charities.
Actually, it was two days ago on Thursday. As I neared my site on the MUP, a POS compact sedan passed by me on the nearby road. One of the 20-something back seat occupants yelled, "Nice bike, Grandpa!"
I had to laugh a little because I am a grandfather and yes, it is a nice bike:
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Cold! Coldest of the year or since I can recall: 24F/-4C slight headwind. I layered up and broke out the wool socks.
Worst part was how long the building shower took to warm up.
20F when I left this morning with a 5-10mph headwind. I added a sweatshirt and knit hat to my usual cold weather outfit and arrived at work pleasantly warm. I pumped up the tires a bit higher than normal while in the garage; I think it helped.
Only one idiot driver on the ride in. A lady in an old SUV decided to pass me while I was signaling to move into the straight lane approaching a red light. I yielded to her and pulled in behind (not wanting to get run over on a legal technicality). No sooner than I pulled in behind her, she pulled over into the right turn lane to turn right, without signaling of course. *sigh* But it's only cyclists that break traffic laws.
warmer again. 7c/45f.
took the toeclips off the pedals because of a slight accident I had last Friday evening. I saw the ice (the lane must not get any sun) and tried to break gently, which I did, but couldn't get my foot out of the pedal quickly enough to stop from going down on the my knee. Now I had a bruise under by knee cap and ripped bar tape and some ankle scratches :(
but I rode in today after taking the clips off and just leaving the pedals ... i do miss them on the hills :(
otherwise, business as usual.
The summer tires are great except in the rain.
The winter tires allow the FWD Audi excellent control in the snow ... but impose a roughly 15% fuel consumption penalty!
I didn't have space for both, so I roll on the winter tires year round in the UK.
Cold morning, -12° celcius, -20° with the windchill factor. Swirling winds.
Tonight should be a pain in the ass with the same temperature but a strong 20-40 kmh headwind.
23F this morning and first ride of the year with studs (put them on yesterday). Holy crap, I felt like I was riding a log. I know I'll get used to it as in the past but days like this could convince me I really am crazy. Probably good timing since snow is forecast for tonight and the next couple days.
As I was struggling to keep a pace I started wondering why there aren't studded non racing motorcycle tires? I was dreaming of riding a powered vehicle!
Just for the body heat alone I don't ride the motorcycles much below ~40F, ice notwithstanding. I'm not having a bad time on the bicycle at ~15F though.
Bach when I rode motorcycles, I'd even lay up under an overpass if caught in a sudden squall. Rain added another layer of risk, that was acceptable if necessary, but nice to avoid if possible. The thought of hitting ice at speed, would be enough to keep me off motorcycles altogether if in an area where it's common.
BTW- at my age, with stiffer joints, possibly more brittle bones, and plenty of scar tissue on knees and elbows, I try to avoid even minor spills to the extent I can. So some of what was reasonable 40 years ago is now beyond my threshold of acceptable. Though if the ponds freeze over and friends ask me to join them in some slip and slide rides I'm still dumb enough to go.
Managed to ride to work today. Around -7C/19F, quite cold on the face at first. Tough slog through some residential areas where there hasn't been enough traffic to really pack the snow down. Arterial roads were okay, though bike lanes are now non-existent because that's where the plows pile the snow. Trails have been plowed and seem like they're well trafficked.
Assuming I make it home okay, today I will hit 3000 km total cycling for the year. That's nothing compared to some of you guys, and well below my own previous years' totals, but under the circumstances this year, I'm happy with what I accomplished.
On the bright side, this happens in the winter when you're well padded so there's no road rash, and the impact itself is less than it would be in the summer. If the ice patch is long enough, you don't even rip your clothes, though it isn't fun either way.
My fear of black ice isn't the fall, but the slide path, and following traffic.