Extreme cycle commuting!

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Pat "5mph", 19 Jan 2018.

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  1. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Location:
    Glasgow
    I'm not in Canada or Scandinavia, it's only a few inches of snow!
    Still, there will not be any public transport from my area tomorrow, or it will be very limited.
    Scotland Police put an alert on social media .... panic! Don't travel if the journey is not essential!
    Well, I work weekends and I've got to go to work. I don't have a car, if taxis manage the roads they will charge a fortune.
    So, when the weather is going to be like this:
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    I prepped the snow bike with spiked tyres!
    The poor thing was a bit rusty, did not use it for a couple of years, gave it a good clean, fixed a flat, panniers, plenty of new lights.
    Of the 5 gears only 3 work, but just 2 are plenty for the commute!
    I have cycled in deep snow on those tyres before, they are great.
    Lots of rust:
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    On the stand, let's get this done
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    Clean, lubed, ready to go, bar unexpected mechanicals :laugh:
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  2. Panicky nonsense, there was a "don't travel, you'll die" warning today for almost the entire route home for me tonight, issued for between 3pm and 10pm. I left work at 5pm and got home at 7.30pm, the same time as it takes me every Friday when I return home.
     
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    Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Location:
    Glasgow
    You travel in a flat area? Here they abandon cars at the bottom of hills, buses stop too, trains don't stop lol - same every time!
     
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  4. Reiver

    Reiver Legendary Member

    so do you just open the window and bunny hop into action ?
    impressive stuff if you're on the third floor
     
  5. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    I drove home from Aberdeen without incident. Got home to the local facespace thingwy full of brave soles who had to rescue other brave soles whose car couldn't make it up a hill. I don't know how they get on with other aspects of life.
     
  6. Bobby Mhor

    Bobby Mhor Wasn't born to follow

    Location:
    Home
    Amazing woman, oor Pat:okay:
     
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    Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Location:
    Glasgow
    I use the back door :laugh:
    I'm ground floor ^_^
     
  8. From Angus to Scottish Borders, some non-flat en route
     
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  9. Thorn Sherpa

    Thorn Sherpa Senior Member

    Location:
    Doncaster
    My street is on the top of a hill so getting in and out can be dodgy when snow/ice is present. We don't get that bad a weather to be fair in Doncaster and my commute once out of the village is a fairly flat one. Even when it's in the minus and we get a bit of snow (not even an inch here!) I prefer to use my bike instead of the car anyway. I'm lucky that I don't experience as bad a weather compared to other parts of the country so it could be a different story then!
     
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  10. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    They do seem to go overboard with the don't-travel warnings. The one this decade that was accurate, I didn't take it seriously, left the car in the downhill car park and couldn't move it up to the gritted road for days. That was a fun week walking everywhere!
     
  11. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Same here. A few inches of snow, or it starts sticking, and it's blind panic with nose to tail traffic getting no-where fast. Then someone on a bike comes sailing past their vehicle.

    There's the odd genuine reason for abandoning their car though.
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  12. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Legally part of Scotland!
     
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  13. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    That's the danger, it's the boy who cried wolf. I ignored the forecast for more snow, and shovelled the snow off the drive and paths. Within an hour it snowed, covering everything to almost the same extent. I've already decided tomorrow's forecast for more snow must be wrong, so I'm clearing my drive again this morning.
     
  14. Thorn Sherpa

    Thorn Sherpa Senior Member

    Location:
    Doncaster
    :laugh: I'd completely forgotten about this that's right! Does this mean that Doncaster is the best part of Scotland to live if you want to avoid the harsh weather?
     
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  15. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Poshamptonshire.
    Another year and I'll be too old to shovel snow! Hurrah!!!
     
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