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    walk 10 minutes in lightning, ride 5 minutes in lightning, or don't go to class?

    ???? which would you choose?

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    Call a friend/cab? Campus shuttle bus?
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    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    I'd walk or ride. Assuming you're not riding over the top of a completely barren hill or otherwise the tallest object in the area, the chances of being struck are very low. Besides, the electrical storm is probably just "in the area", as opposed to "directly overhead". You're more likely to get hit with a winning lottery ticket!

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    Ride if you've got a carbon fiber bike, walk if you've got a steel bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
    walk if you've got a steel bike.
    Pfft, just wear a rubber hat. Between that and the tires, you're completely electricity-proof!

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    Quote Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
    Ride if you've got a carbon fiber bike, walk if you've got a steel bike.
    I believe carbon fiber conducts electricity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    Pfft, just wear a rubber hat. Between that and the tires, you're completely electricity-proof!

    ?
    Don't waste your breath to save your face when you have done your best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carbonlife View Post
    I believe carbon fiber conducts electricity.
    If you get hit by lightning on a CF bike, the bike will explode, probably in the yield range of 3 -5 kilotons, depending on the weave of the fiber and if the fork has a cf or aluminum steerer.
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    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Ok, change it to ride if you've got AllenG's bamboo bike, walk otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    If you get hit by lightning on a CF bike, the bike will explode
    They do that anyway, lightning or not.

    The lightning will just cause it to melt as it explodes, sending shrapnel of liquid-hot plastic everywhere, as well as confetti of fibrous material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
    Ok, change it to ride if you've got AllenG's bamboo bike, walk otherwise.
    No no no, ride anyway! Worst case scenario, you get mildly electrocuted to death. Good story to tell the grandkids, and a cool scar to impress the ladies/gentlemen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    The lightning will just cause it to melt as it explodes, sending shrapnel of liquid-hot plastic everywhere, as well as confetti of fibrous material.
    Now I think I'd vote for riding with my worst enemies in the lightning so I can take them out with me.*

    *No, I don't really have any enemies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    They do that anyway, lightning or not.

    The lightning will just cause it to melt as it explodes, sending shrapnel of liquid-hot plastic everywhere, as well as confetti of fibrous material.
    Sure they do, but you have to hit a pebble or ride over a playing card, or something really harsh. They seldom just explode on their own. I am just saying that a lightening strike will trigger the inevitable explosion instantly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
    *No, I don't really have any enemies.
    You should get some! Good way to practice your superpowers and lightning-redirection skills.

    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    They seldom just explode on their own.
    Oh, they do. One time, I was just sitting there (as I often do), and a carbon fiber bike randomly exploded!

    Not, you know, anywhere near me or anything, but I bet it happened!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Sure they do, but you have to hit a pebble or ride over a playing card, or something really harsh. They seldom just explode on their own. I am just saying that a lightening strike will trigger the inevitable explosion instantly.
    Geez, if I weren't already paranoid enough about buying a carbon fiber bike. I feel like I have to baby it compared to my steel bikes.

    Edit: grammar fix.

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    You're a carbon-fiber lifeform, are you not? Surely you explode on a regular basis. You should be used to it by now, no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carbonlife View Post
    Geez, if I wasn't already paranoid enough about buying a carbon fiber bike. I feel like I have to baby it compared to my steel bikes.
    Steel explodes too, just really slowly, and in a controlled "rusty" sort of way.

    Aluminum just get dents that renders it useless if you tap it with a feather or breathe on it really hard.

    No matter what material you choose for your new bike, you are doomed.

    You might as well walk to class in lightening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    You're a carbon-fiber lifeform, are you not? Surely you explode on a regular basis. You should be used to it by now, no?
    No, over the eons we evolved a weave that does not explode (duh, natural selection), you humans just haven't discovered it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    If you get hit by lightning on a CF bike, the bike will explode, probably in the yield range of 3 -5 kilotons, depending on the weave of the fiber and if the fork has a cf or aluminum steerer.
    FACT.

    This is why I will never use a carbon fiber seatpost or saddle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carbonlife View Post
    No, over the eons we evolved a weave that does not explode (duh, natural selection), you humans just haven't discovered it yet.
    If I possessed explosion free CF, I would make and market my own bikes. Carbonlife's Explody Free Velocipde Emporium, FTW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Aluminum just get dents that renders it useless if you tap it with a feather or breathe on it really hard.
    Not only that, but instead of flexing, it snaps and kills you.

    Moral of the story: Bikes are dangerous.

    Quote Originally Posted by carbonlife View Post
    No, over the eons we evolved a weave that does not explode (duh, natural selection), you humans just haven't discovered it yet.
    Pfft, cheater.

    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    If I possessed explosion free CF, I would make and market my own bikes. Carbonlife's Explody Free Velocipde Emporium, FTW.
    If I possessed explosion-free CF, I wouldn't tell a soul. Exploding bikes = more sales, non-exploding bikes = happy, non-returning customers. You fail at business!

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    go to class and learn to spell lightning

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    If I possessed explosion-free CF, I wouldn't tell a soul. Exploding bikes = more sales, non-exploding bikes = happy, non-returning customers. You fail at business!
    Blowing your customers up real good pretty much renders them useless as repeat buyers. just saying.

    Not that it is not good fun on a Saturday night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Blowing your customers up real good pretty much renders them useless as repeat buyers. just saying.

    Not that it is not good fun on a Saturday night.
    second line of business is CF wheelchairs, duh!

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    why would you pile bits of blowed up customers onto wheelchairs? And if you can find the bits, you are doing something wrong in the construction of your CF bikes. A properly built CF bike should explode with enough force to vaporize the rider.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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