Anyone out on Sunday testing gear/bike/self to destruction then?

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Anyone out on Sunday testing gear/bike/self to destruction then?

Post by RIP » Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:20 pm

.... I, er, seem to be otherwise engaged on Sunday. Most unfortunate. Obviously I'd be out there if not. I'd like to know if my Marmot is windproof to 60mph. Ideal BB event weather I reckon!

A Shaf-style contest then: who can bike in the highest wind?
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Post by redefined_cycles » Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:52 pm

https://www.strava.com/activities/1412494889

Reg I'm attempting that over the Saturday. Bit busy on Sunday unfortunately. Good contest. Winner gets, well, another day of life (or gets to die another day).. anyway, you know, hopefully we'll be saved from this storm...

Maybe Stu should put on an event just for Sunday

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Post by Dave Barter » Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:10 pm

We are riding 90 miles back from Nijmegen. Looking forward to our prize
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Post by redefined_cycles » Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:20 pm

Dave Barter wrote:
Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:10 pm
We are riding 90 miles back from Nijmegen. Looking forward to our prize
Ride safe Dave...

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Post by lune ranger » Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:25 pm

Dave should be south of the worst weather. Forecast looks to be moving the nasties northwards.
I’m currently in a bivi in Blandford Forest and its very benign. Wonder what will cook up in 24hrs or so.

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Post by javatime » Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:35 pm

Just arrived near Stroud for a friend's / family get together having cycled 30 odd very pleasant miles from Bristol. Have to cycle back home on Sunday. There is a train station at Dursley....

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Post by htrider » Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:38 pm

I'm doing my BAM tonight with the intention of getting back here before it kicks off tomorrow afternoon. I'm happy I'm a weather wimp....

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Post by whitestone » Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:47 pm

I think I'll give this one a miss :oops: :???:
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Post by K1100T » Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:28 pm

Off out now, hoping to be back before it gets proper blowy...
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Post by RIP » Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:42 pm

Top stuff folks. I now have this image of you all being blown back home at Benny Hill speed with blurred pedals :smile: .

Possibly pursued by scantily-clad members of the opposite gender. Hmm... getting into deep water here, so, er, anyway, erm... good luck people!
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Post by sean_iow » Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:05 pm

The BBC forecast has 109 mpg winds for freshwater tomorrow lunchtime, ideal weather for a ride :smile:
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Post by RIP » Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:23 pm

Well if you raise a bike sail you could be in Bembridge in, what, 12 minutes then? Fastest-ever IOW bike crossing?

(mpg = miles per gale? :lol: )
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Post by Gregsie » Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:54 pm

Ridden every day this year so far. Reckon tomorrow could be challenging.
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Post by RIP » Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:29 pm

as above, mebbe it depends what direction you (think) you are heading in.... :smile:
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Post by sean_iow » Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:42 pm

RIP wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:23 pm
(mpg = miles per gale? :lol: )
Ops, didn't spot that :lol: It's a southerly so if I do go along the south coast at least it will be blowing me onshore and not over the cliff :smile:
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Post by Gregsie » Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:18 pm

RIP wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:29 pm
as above, mebbe it depends what direction you (think) you are heading in.... :smile:
Tempted to ride in a north easterly direction tomorrow and get a train back. :cool:
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Post by PaulB2 » Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:16 pm

Gregsie wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:18 pm
RIP wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:29 pm
as above, mebbe it depends what direction you (think) you are heading in.... :smile:
Tempted to ride in a north easterly direction tomorrow and get a train back. :cool:
That assumes the trains will be running.

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Post by JohnClimber » Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:37 pm

Was planning to fat bike up the coast from Liverpool to Southport with a fantasic tail wind.

Then jump on the train south (into the head wind) :-bd

Unfortunately there's maintenance work on the line, so I doubt I'd be allowed to put my Fat Bike on a bus replacement service.... So I'll most probably stay in bed for once on a Sunday in that case :cry:

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Post by benconnolli » Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:44 pm

I’m currently in Sheffield and complete train cancellation is looking distinctly possible. Hell of a headwind, no tools or waterproof, on a lock anywhere tourer.

There is a hint of one at 8:55 and in my twisted mischief this feels like a win win situation.

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Post by FLV » Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:37 am

Not out out, but my 4yo boymis insistent he wants to go cycling today so... however briefly we'll pop out...

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Post by Dave Barter » Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:55 am

Think we are going to catch a train as it is blowing 50mph westerlies
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Post by Gari » Sun Feb 09, 2020 3:01 pm

This was yesterday, early eve on Cairngorm summit. A nice steady 35-45 down here in the village I reckon.
Was gonna ride home to Grantown tomorrow (easy I imagine) and back to Aviemore on Tuesday( definitely not easy!!) might get the bus☺️
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Post by benconnolli » Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:47 am

So my fortunes were with getting a train, but I still got a taste of the storm riding back from the station. It felt like I was riding on a treadmill. At a point I did a gust powered two wheel skid into the middle of the road, then had a branch the width of my bars fall two seconds ahead of me. Loved the power it was displaying and shifting my “I’ve had worse” bar to a daft extreme, would definitely have been the hardest ride of my life had I needed to go the distance.

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Post by redefined_cycles » Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:07 am

My ride to and from Derby/Nottingham yesterday, had me see the beginnings of the gusts. Luckily I was only 5 miles from home but, as soon as I heard the gusts (not having felt em but heard then) cause a set of 'metal swivelly car-garage advert thingies' to go into overdrive swivel mode, I knew I had to get a move on.

Twas around 2200 last night and trying my best not to get shoved into traffic - my route being north-east to home - was interesting to say the least. Especially since (on the basis that some car drivers are either really thick or oblivious to whats happening on other side of their closed door windows) the wind was what felt like trying to take out my rear wheel. Thankfully I was home before long and on the final climb - which I usually walk for the sake of it - the wind gave me a couple of good shoves up the hill...

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Post by RIP » Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:20 am

Prizes to Ben n Shaf then I reckon. Award yourselves an 'I wasn't soft' sticker :smile: .
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