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Black ice fun this morning

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by sjb, 27 Mar 2008.

  1. sjb

    sjb New Member

    Location:
    Huddersfield
    Realising how much riding I need to get in for the Kirklees Sportive in a month's time I decided it'd be a good idea to cycle from Huddersfield to Sheffield Station this morning (30 miles) at 5:30am rather than drive as usual. Bit nippy when I set off but warmed up nicely once the hills started....

    Anyway, got to the highest point on the ride (~900ft), on the A629 above Penistone, just starting the long descent into Sheffield, when a car coming the other way, very slowly, started flashing his lights and waving his arms at me and the car that had just overtaken me. Natural caution kicked in and I slowed.

    Got round the corner and saw about 5 cars spread all over the road and grass verges and watched the car that had just passed me do a very graceful 360 spin and wizz off across the verge to end up halfway through a dry stone wall:ohmy:

    Managed to stay on by slowing very gently to about 3 mph and feathering rear brake, but still had a couple of hairy moments for a few hundred yards. What got me thinking about it was that I normally drive this route at ~60mph at that time in the morning (nice wide road, no traffic) - thank goodness I was on the bike........
     
  2. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    and someone coming the other way was decent enough to warn you?
     
  3. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Us Sheffield lot are all decent!
     
  4. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    That's blooming lucky then ...... blimey !....Good choice hitting two wheels -ish..... not something you'd recommend in ice, but he of the golden wheels was looking upon you ! erm ?
     
  5. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    Your lucky day, sjb, not so lucky for the car that passed you though, hope it was only the car that was damaged and not the occupants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  6. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
  7. ^^^^^

    I did that recently.Think it was more like engine oil though.