Tale of two rides

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by HJ, 5 Dec 2007.

  1. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    Had a great ride in this morning, sunny and dry so decided to wear shorts, most of the 20 traffic lights I have to go through were on green, I got from the Preston Streets junction in Newington to the High St without having to stop.

    Then this evening coming home again the wind was blowing 22mph gusting 32mph, and there was a heavy shower to boot. It was so warm I didn't feel cold even though I was wearing shorts, the odd thing was the drivers were just leaving me alone, maybe it was my HiVis legs. Despite the wind and rain I really enjoyed it unlike, I suspect, the drivers who would be complaining about the cold and wet.

    Ironically 10 minutes after I got home the cloud cleared (briefly) and I could see the stars. If I hadn't been in such a rush to leave work I could have avoided the rain, which what I usually do.
  2. Lovely ride home last pm on the front of the wind, lecky bike woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

    Into same wind this am, whipped by stinging rain, half flat lecky bike.
  3. I can't really remember this mornings commute :blush: but it certainly wasn't anything like tonight. :smile:
  4. goo_mason

    goo_mason Champion barbed-wire hurdler

    Leith, Edinburgh
    This morning - Leith to Edinburgh Park at the Gyle - dry and warm but with a ferociously gusting headwind.

    Tonight going homewards - strong wind at my back but torrential rain. Like Hairyjock, I was lovely and warm (though utterly drenched) and loved every second of it, although at times it was a bit difficult seeing through rain-covered protective glasses, especially where there was a bright light / dark background contrast :smile: Paths mostly clear of pedestrians and dogwalkers, given the conditions.

    Workmates think I mad, but I still maintain that there is no more fun to be had than streaking through the rain and splashing through puddles, grinning like an idiot...
  5. OP

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    Yea is good isn't :smile:
  6. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Very wet both ways!! Just as well I had got a new waterproof jacket yesterday!:smile:
  7. goo_mason

    goo_mason Champion barbed-wire hurdler

    Leith, Edinburgh
    You wear a jacket when it rains ? Ya big jessie !!! :blush::biggrin::biggrin:

    My only concession to rain is my waterproof rucksack cover and my overshoes. Jackets are for girls unless it's a many degrees below zero and the rain is belting down :smile:
  8. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Felt like a force nine hurricane on the way in this morning, but wasn't actually too bad. On the way home, had south-westerly, but am heading north-north-west, so slightly behind me but fookin 'ell, the crosswinds!! aaaghh!
  9. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK

    I think you'll find Force Nine is merely a Severe Gale. Hurricanes are Force Twelve. Ten is Storm, Eleven is Violent Storm.

    All those hours of lying awake listening to the shipping forecast...

    But still, headwinds and crosswinds are a right bugger!
  10. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Damn you got me! :smile:

    I really wear it for its luminous properties. The fact that it is waterproof is irrelevant. In fact it makes me sweat more and work harder (due to increased wind resistance) so there!!!:blush:
  11. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    The worst thing about the rain is the reduced visibility, especially in the dark. There are long stretches of unlit streets on my commute and detecting potholes is nigh on impossible in the rain. For that reason, I dislike it greatly.

    Say what you like about jackets Goo & Magna, only bufties wear helmets.
  12. Maz

    Maz Legendary Member

    What's a bufty? Is it local slang?
  13. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Not true. As far as I am aware, wearing a helmet increases my risk of rotational head injury due to the increased cross-sectional area of my head-contact surface during a fall. So in fact Tete, I think your the Buftie :smile:


    Yes I think it is local slang. It's a fairly polite way of saying your a big jessie (TM)
  14. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    I hate hearing that shoot about rotational force and cross section, your head weighs a lot, the helmet piss all

    come the day (not wishing it on you) that you crack your skull into a road, you'll wish you'd been wearing a helmet, I cracked my helmet big time in my last accident, and that was with my whole body rotating five odd feet up in the air, I really don't think the helmet added anything to that

    by all means make your own choice but do not justify your decision by arguing that it's safer not to wear one, that's not even sophistry

  15. Maz

    Maz Legendary Member

    WARNING: If you wear a helmet, on your own head be it! :smile:
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