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It may be faster in the wet, but...

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Mister Paul, 16 May 2008.

  1. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    ..for some reason more people want to try to touch the end of my handlbars as they pass.

    This morning I had 4 taxis, several cars and a couple of vans pass within eyebrow-plucking distance of me.

    I also had a biker become a driver for a few seconds. Approaching a red light with a big queue in the inside lane, I checked behind and pulled into the right lane. A few seconds later a biker honks at me, rides past shouting, and then has to stop 50m up the road because his panniers won'#t let him filter. As I freewheeled past him I asked if it was worth it, and he shouted again, in a "Homer Simpson chewing a bag of bees" kind of way.

    Mind you, I also had some very courteous drivers, including a Jag driver who passed me very nicely twice.
  2. snapper_37

    snapper_37 Barbara Woodhouse's Love Child

    I had similar experiences this morning. The usual 'yes it's a dual carriage way and the outside lane is free but hey, I want to get up close and personal to you' fools seemed to have bred overnight.

    Also had a double decker get right up my arse because I used *his* bus lane. Awwww didums. It is a shared lane BTW.
  3. Alcdrew

    Alcdrew Senior Member

    Had nothing but a nice trip to day. A couple of nice people stopped to let me through at a couple of pinch points. Apart from the horrible weather which meant I had to wear my water proofs.
  4. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    I found that after two weeks of lovely dry roads they suddenly seemed very slippy and brakes had turned to jelly.
  5. Hybrid Theory

    Hybrid Theory New Member

    Near Bristol
    First time riding in the wet yesterday, and i found the experience not as bad as i thought it would be.
    Today was cool and refreshing with a nice, empty cycle way through Portbury docks.
  6. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Absolutely flying in this morning. Most def faster on wet roads.
    What did the biker say to you, MrPaul?
  7. OP
    Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    Welcome, first poster!
  8. OP
    Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    He didn't like the fact that I'd moved into the area between him and the last stationary car some way ahead. So it was something to the effect of complaining that I had pulled out in front of him.

    There was plenty of room.
  9. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Had a driver in a big estate be about 3 inches from my back wheel while i was roll to traffic lights, which were on red! I stopped and there was room for a car infront and the guy was moaning because of this. I decided to tell him how far he was behind and rolled off slowly, as the cars which were behind him came past in the other lane. No real point in it at all.;)
    Had this happen a few times now. Even had a 7.5t van brake hard because he couldnt get past, and took it bad me shouting Oi at hm, so decided to point when i should be and come past close.
    No rain though, its still nice and dry here, but there are alot of black clouds here.
  10. mootaineer

    mootaineer New Member

    This is interesting.
    I've never associated wet weather with riding faster before...although I occasionally find it a bit easier to ride in traffic because everyone tends to drive more gingerly.

    So...how does wet weather make riding faster??? ;)
  11. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    I've heard it said that it reduces the rolling resistance, but I would have thought that would have been countered by the energy lost in throwing all that water about...
  12. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    always expect the roads to be greasy after a prolonged dry period, there's all sorts of stuff in the road that builds up until it gets wet again
  13. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Not raining, but wet roads from earlier rain.
    I reckon it's to do with some funky deal going down which results in less friction between tyre and tarmac.
  14. mootaineer

    mootaineer New Member

    Hmmm...that's what I would have thought too.
    I can't work it out...and don't have the evidence as I've never really timed myself.
    In actual fact it's probably fruitless doing any timings over a commute because there are so many variables! :blush:
  15. historyman

    historyman New Member

    why have you people got wet roads? Move to Merseyside, it was sunny all day today. Only person trying to carve me up was another cyclist. When at a red-light, said cyclist notices pedestrian walkways are green so goes up left on the pavement, acrross the walkway, on the pavement, back up on the road, like that doesn't count as RLJ-ing.