It can screw up your brain like a closed head wound. I've had First Aid and Boy Scout Leader training. I learned you have to be crazy to not minimize your exposure. I ride to a safe place and sit it out. If I'm out walking I run to shelter. Getting hit by lighting can really screw up your brain...I'm already a weird biker.
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What I would do would depend on the circumstances at that particular point in time. i.e.: am I on my way to work? How close am I to my destination? How severe does the storm appear to be?...etc.
I have decided to wait out some storms. I have ridden through some storms.
I was riding in one t-storm partway up a hill going along the side of the hill,I was on my way in to work, I could see lighting hitting up slope on my right and down slope on my left. i was really worried about getting hit,then I realized that if I did get hit, it would happen so quick I wouldn't even know what hit me.
Strangely enough I found that thought to be very comforting.
Can I say it?
On a more serious note, many people have been struck by lightning without any warning, as the first strike is the one that strikes him or her. There was one such case a few years ago in Bluffton, SC where a boat was struck by lightning and one occupant killed, but the survivor said he did not hear thunder until after the strike.
Last edited by DieselDan; 05-15-09 at 12:34 PM.
Bikes use brakes to stop.
If your bike has breaks, don't ride it.
while bike commuting it is so easy to get caught in a storm. the weather will be great all day with sporadic thunderstorms - not easy to predict or wait out if you have a life and places to go and people to see.
last summer I dismounted, huddled under some bushes next to the road in a squat away from my bike and just got soaked. I felt so stupid. but it had been gorgeous all day and after the rain stopped 20 minutes later the sun came out and it was gorgeous again. the water immediately started evaporating as steam from the roadway - so weird
cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting