It wasn't until I'd ridden quite a way down this road, that I saw the water. It didn't look too bad, although I couldn't see around the bend, so I kept pedalling, but of course it became deeper. About midway I couldn't see my wheels & thought I might need to swim, but I got through to the bridge ok, & then saw the next dip. Fortunately that was only for a short distance. Several cars came towards me, but declined to drive through either stretch.levad said:What experience do others have of riding through floods?
I live in Cheltenham. A lot of people I work with lost cars in the floods in the summer. On all my cars, I check to see where the intake is on them and now again the roads around Gloucester are flooded with 100mm forecast over the weekend in Wales which will make it all a lot worse. The intake vent on mine is just above the offside wheelarch and the tyres are 31' 1/2" inches in diameter as a guidefossyant said:No overshoes are that good - I do neoprene and a plastic bag corner underneath, and it keeps my feet dry, but not if under more than a few inches of water...
Watch it if you have a "soft roader" or a diesel - low air intakes suck up the water and kill the engine..new one needed and many pounds.... I don't see the need for soft roaders at all - crap off road, crap on road...just big....
Pompey...watch it it will cost you if you knacker your BB or hubs- not cheap !! even at cheap prices !!! Get wet and dance through it with the bike on shoulders, then pedal off !
linfordlunchbox said:You could call it ironic that the more severe the weather, the more justification there is for the regular drivers to own one.
I've done a fair bit of fording in mine, and I anything more than a foot of fast flowing water and you are asking for real trouble as it can wash you sideways even though mine can ford 2 1/2 foot of standing water
That's one of the more common ways for folks to die in floods. Flooded area, not too deep (so they think), have a splash about for fun and hey, presto, slip down a drain where the manhole has come off. It's why when I see footage of kids playing in floodwater, I have a little shiver go down the back of my spine.Arch said:Do all be careful. Drain covers and manhole covers can be forced up by water backing up, and if the water is silty and you can't see, you might end up with a wheel going down a nasty hole. Not to mention slippery silt accumulating.