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

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by User, 16 May 2008.

  1. User

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  2. snapper_37

    snapper_37 Barbara Woodhouse's Love Child

    Location:
    Wolves
    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

    Location:
    UK
    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 Moderator

    Location:
    Bristol
    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

    Location:
    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 Legendary Member

    Absolutely flying in this morning. Most def faster on wet roads.
    What did the biker say to you, MrPaul?
     
  7. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    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.
     
  8. mootaineer

    mootaineer New Member

    Location:
    London
    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??? ;)
     
  9. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    Location:
    Brighton
    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...
     
  10. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    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
     
  11. Maz

    Maz Legendary Member

    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.
     
  12. mootaineer

    mootaineer New Member

    Location:
    London
    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:
     
  13. 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.
     
  14. mootaineer

    mootaineer New Member

    Location:
    London
    Definitely...especially if it's just a light drizzle after a prolonged dry period.
    I do find that after it's been sloshing it down (possibly for days rather than hours), the grip levels are quite good again.
     
  15. mootaineer

    mootaineer New Member

    Location:
    London
    "funky deal"
    Ha. I like your "scientific" explanation :ohmy:.
    But I do like for there to be some mysteries left in life to make life exciting :blush:.
     
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