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Old 03-18-08, 10:08 AM   #1
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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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Old 03-18-08, 10:10 AM   #2
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Call a friend/cab? Campus shuttle bus?
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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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Old 03-18-08, 10:12 AM   #4
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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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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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Old 03-18-08, 10:16 AM   #6
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I believe carbon fiber conducts electricity.
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Pfft, just wear a rubber hat. Between that and the tires, you're completely electricity-proof!

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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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Ok, change it to ride if you've got AllenG's bamboo bike, walk otherwise.
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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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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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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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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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Old 03-18-08, 10:30 AM   #14
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You should get some! Good way to practice your superpowers and lightning-redirection skills.

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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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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.

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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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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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Old 03-18-08, 10:37 AM   #18
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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?
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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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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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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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.

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Pfft, cheater.

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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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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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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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