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    Winter Weather in the UK

    I was looking at BBC news and they got hit hard by severe winter conditions already. Motorists stranded overnight on the highway, etc. One of the pics on the site had a mtn bike in it (the guy was cycling to work) and he said he wishes he had a car.

    I say NO WAY! Cycling in that actually looked like FUN (and you can't get stuck in it like a car)! Well, I guess if you're prepared for it. I was getting a little jealous checking out the pics, I want to ride in it.

    I 'd like to hear from our British cycling friends visiting the forums. How'd you like riding in all that snow? Was it also icy out (and did you have studded tires)?
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    There is a severe cold snap over the UK at the moment, particularly Scotland where I live. We've had gale force winds and snow for several days now. But....there are bike riders everywhere, mostly mountain bikes, but the weather dosen't stop people commuting to work.

    From a personal perspective however it is a real ***** stepping out into sub zero temps in the morning and having to ride into strong freezing headwinds. But....as if my magic.....after 5 mins into the ride you beging to enjoy it, even with the whole heavens chucking **** down on you.

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    I saw that pic too - and I was thinking exactly the same thing! I live in rural Devon with a long stretch of untreated farm roads before my commute hits gritted tarmac, so I've sprung for a pair of Nokian Mount & Grounds. I was out on Friday in driving snow with trailer attached riding on slippery stuff I couldn't even stand on. Great fun!

    (For the record, a British hard winter is probably April in Boston or something equally stupid, but the shock of it after a decade of warm wet winters is going to throw some people and drivers ALWAYS forget how to drive in hard weather. Hey, can you guys buy more Hummers and screw up the Gulf Stream a bit more? This weather's fun )

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    I just checked the weather report for Glasgow: Max 6C, Min 2C. I have to laugh, is that what you all think is "hard weather"? 2 Celsius = 35 Fahrenheit. I wish a New York City winter would be that warm.

    Last January, the temps in NYC got down to -5 Fahrenheit -- that's -21 Celsius.

    Wimps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cruentus
    is that what you all think is "hard weather"? 2 Celsius = 35 Fahrenheit.
    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cruentus
    I have to laugh, is that what you all think is "hard weather"? 2 Celsius = 35 Fahrenheit. I wish a New York City winter would be that warm.
    Ive Lived in Ireland for 13 years, and Regina, Saskatchewan for 10. Coldest ive ever experienced in ireland is probably -3.. maybe -4 celsius. In regina, it sometimes gets down to -45 (-60 with windchill) degrees celsius. Regina winters are more tolerable in my opinion. Irish winters are bloody cold and miserbale, and its always wet, and it takes forever for stuff to dry. I can imagine that a scottish winter would be worse

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    I agree. Ireland far more miserable than cold Canadian winters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cruentus
    I just checked the weather report for Glasgow: Max 6C, Min 2C. I have to laugh, is that what you all think is "hard weather"? 2 Celsius = 35 Fahrenheit. I wish a New York City winter would be that warm.

    Last January, the temps in NYC got down to -5 Fahrenheit -- that's -21 Celsius.
    Wimps
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    You have to be careful when you start calling people wimps because of their weather. A winter in NYC seems pretty wimpy to me in northern Michigan, where we have already had almost 4 feet of snow by the first week of December. And my winter is going to seem wimpy to somebody in the upper peninsula. And their winter is wimpy to somebody in Saskatchewan.

    And so forth and so on.

    What is wimpy is when you let an entire season of weather stop you from having fun outdoors.


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    The cold doesn't put me off in England - it's the rain, all the trails and off road routes just turn to slush - it's been raining so hard this last couple of weeks - my Bike has been sitting in the garage......

    I know MTB is for all weather, but does anyone go out when the trail is like a mud bath...?

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    Cold rain is MUCH worse than snow.


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    Exactly, damp conditions are worse than dry cold winters. To the poster from NY....I would swap a Scottish winter for a NY one any day....at least you get some sunshine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cruentus
    I just checked the weather report for Glasgow. . . .

    Wimps.
    Glasgow is lowlands and on the water--hence mild.

    Highlands--different story: whiteouts, artic winds off the north Atlantic, super steep terrain, confusing topo, short days, etc. They can snuff you out in notime. I remember one year 25 people died, mostly in separate events, in one of the national parks up there.

    Admit I never biked there, just hiked Ben Nevis in the early fall.
    Last edited by Drakonchik; 12-31-05 at 11:12 AM.

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    I'd say a typical Urban Winter in Southern Scotland (Edinburgh/Glasgow) would be mainly wet around freezing with wind and the occasional batch of days between -10C and -5C but dry with wind. Rarely it can go to -18C with wind, but not often. Did I mention the wind?

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    I was riding around Toronto today, along the waterfront. Reminded me of midsummer in the Orkneys :-)

    It was raining and it felt like about 5 C.

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