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Do steel frames and thunderstorms mix well?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Bigtallfatbloke, 1 May 2008.

  1. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    ...still looking out the window here and wondering if the risk of electrocution is as great as the risk of drowning?
     
  2. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Don't worry about it - if lightning decides to strike it won't make any difference what your frame is made from, you will still be vapourised.
     
  3. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Carbon is probably worse or even fatter the tyres the more insulated. - As Rigid Raider says, you probably won't be here to care about it.
     
  4. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    If a bolt of lightning has travelled X hundred metres through thin air, what your bike is made of, or the inch of rubber it sits on is going to make no difference whatsoever to it.

    If you're out and it starts to lightning around you in an exposed place, See if you can prop the bike upright and then move away a little and crouch down so as not to be the tallest thing around. Have as little contact with the ground as you can - just the balls of your feet if you can balance. Tuck your head as far down as you can between your shoulders, and put your arms up around your head.

    I had to do this once, one bolt came down in the field to the left, the next in the field to the right. I was very glad I'd watched whatever random survival TV show I saw the instructions on...
     
  5. Saddle bum

    Saddle bum Über Member

    Location:
    Kent
    Just the right position for when the Sphincta gives way!!!

    Many moons ago, when riders actually rode out to ride local time trials, I was caught in a thunder storm up on The Ridgeway at Enfield. I was absolutley terrified, with lightning stabbbing down all around. I put the bike under a tree and sheltered in phone box.
     
  6. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    My ex's cousin lived in the States and was out with her boyfriend when a thunder storm started. Running back to their car, he unlocked the car with the remote door-opener (or whatever it's called) and at that precise moment was struck by a bolt of lightning. It entered his body at the top of his neck and came out under his buttock. He died 16 hours later! :tongue: :eek:
     
  7. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    My sister got struck in a camp site in Andorra - she was in a big tent with her boyfriend and his 2 kids when lightning hit the tent pole jumped through the frame of the camp bed occupied by one of the kids, through a biscuit tin of Brillo pads and into the second pole then to earth. The Brillo pads were fused into a smoking mass of steel and soap and the family badly frightened!
     
  8. Just dont do it you wont like it
     
  9. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    here you go..

    http://www.redcross.org/static/file_cont228_lang0_105.pdf
     
  10. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
  11. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

  12. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

  13. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Training for their French holiday in the summer...
     
  14. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
     
  15. atbman

    atbman Veteran

    A colleague of mine in Coventry these many years ago was struck while riding home from Alfred Herberts Machine Tools one night and survived with only one night in hospital.

    By a strange coincidence, his name was Alan Crisp