curious that isn't it? I don't really mind riding in rain, apart from certain visibility issues, and in fact in my wondrous altura varium jacket have laughed in the face of it/enjoyed real deluges. But I am loathe to head out the door in rain.don't go if it's raining
I will cycle commute in whatever the weather throws at me - thunderstorms, ice, snow heatwaves. However if there's the possibility of rain on a leisure ride forget it, I'm not going.curious that isn't it? I don't really mind riding in rain, apart from certain visibility issues, and in fact in my wondrous altura varium jacket have laughed in the face of it/enjoyed real deluges. But I am loathe to head out the door in rain.
pretty sure that in a night ride london to brighton a few years ago I knew that it would rain.I will cycle commute in whatever the weather throws at me - thunderstorms, ice, snow heatwaves. However if there's the possibility of rain on a leisure ride forget it, I'm not going.
When I was commuting I used to make mudflaps out of old plastic washing up liquid bottles, old plastic milk bottles or old orange squash bottles.I made some mudflaps a few months back with simple duct tape (just to test how effective a mud flap would be).
Two minutes work and a world of difference.
I've since built a fairing to protect my drivetrain using some 1mm thick black plastic sheet which I moulded using boiling water.
Works a treat.
Yip, I was caught out that way when I first moved down here. Up north treated roads were good around 0deg, here it was raining and above 0deg and I thought I'd be fine. But what I didn't count on roads were treated less and the rain was falling on black ice. Hence it was like marbles. Fortunately it was a very low speed fall to the ground as I was unclipping after a warning from another cyclist.The risk of ice can be present even when the ambient air temp is above freezing. The ground temp is not necessarily the same, and can be lower, which means black ice can be there even if it isn't freezing. My rule of thumb is that if my hands feel cold when outside in still air without gloves, which happens below 4c, then I assume there is a risk of ice on the ground. I will wear gloves above that temp to reduce wind chill, but I find just being outside, if my hands feel cold then I know to be very careful of the surface.
It's basically two bits of plastic held together with a couple of cable ties.been pondering the same for a cpl years. I made a template with tin foil but never really got anywhere with it. any chance you would share a photo?
My first attempt at a fairing was a plastic milk bottle cut in half and it worked well, but it looked like a plastic milk bottle cut in half so I spray painted it black.When I was commuting I used to make mudflaps out of old plastic washing up liquid bottles, old plastic milk bottles or old orange squash bottles.
BRILLIANT yes please. also, any photo of the thing before you mounted it? you are my hero! I have done similar things to my MTB because when the chain gets dirty it's prone to chain-suck. it has full front MTB fenders, w/ a home made mud flap from a neoprene mouse pad. & I mounted an over-the-counter Planet Bike Grunge Board downtube bike fender. but you are helping me with the missing linkI'll take a few more in the daylight tomorrow which will show the make up a bit more clearly.
I have that same equation so I made some studded tyres according to onw of thw many DIY instruction. Pick a cheap knobbly tyre with biggest knobs. Apply self tapping screws from the inside. Dremel to a suitable length. Add protection to the heads on the inside.I don't know, because I've never seen them, if the tyres you mentioned are suitable for road bikes.
I've no data but I'd guess there are possibly 10-14 days in a year when ice makes cycling too dangerous for me. I don't see any benefit in investing in tyres which I might use 5/6 times a year. There's also the hassle of changing them if it's potentially icy.
If one regularly commutes I can understand why some may choose such tyres. I'm retired and can pick any day I wish to ride so studded tyres have no value to me.