Of lightening and steel frames

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Bigtallfatbloke, 10 Oct 2007.

  1. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    ...erm..is it a good idea to ride in a thunderstorm? I know a car is ok if struck because the curretn goes around the occupant or something...but what about my bike...am I gonna die...be fried alive...will my balls melt, my hands grill and my arse b bar b que'd? :biggrin:
  2. ChrisW

    ChrisW Senior Member

    Are you telling us you don't cycle quicker than lightening?
  3. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    If lightning can jump hundreds of feet to the clouds it's not going to be stopped by your tyres or anything else. Best thing to do is ride like buggery down off the hill.
  4. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Lucky it's not carbon...

    My advice if caught out in a thunderstorm is to abandon to the nearest pub as fast as possible.
  5. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member

    just bend your back and get your head below the top tube and you should be ok - but don't shout at me if it doesn't work.
  6. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    No, because your tyres are made of rubber and the lightning knows this and picks on an easier target. If you have mudguards though you may be doomed as the lightning sees them from above and thinks they're your wheels made of metal and will strike you.
  7. Panter

    Panter Just call me Chris...

  8. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    but my steel bike has plastic guards. am i going to be a victim of lightning misidentification?

    and does anyone here have non-metallic wheels (apart from the carbon boys and girls)?
  9. asterix

    asterix Comrade Member

    Limoges or York
    Presumably this danger could be averted through use of black mudguards rather than silver ones?
  10. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    The best advice is to put on one of those foil wraps they give you after a marathon to keep warm, and stand under a tall tree, on top of a hill, holding your bike by the crossbar.

    Oy, Panter, get that woman avatar back pronto! :biggrin:
  11. Panter

    Panter Just call me Chris...

    Can't win :biggrin:
  12. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    A good friend of mine used to be able to make a Faraday cage out of bent spokes he used to keep in his pannier when the need arose.
  13. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Yes, you might be, and it'll be your own fault for having mudguards.
    No because lightning isn't that clever.... :biggrin: duh ...:biggrin:
  14. Sh4rkyBloke

    Sh4rkyBloke Jaffa Cake monster

    Manchester, UK
    But is he still alive? :blush:
  15. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    i don't like 'em either, but they're polite to have if you ride in a group during the winter.
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