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Location : Thornbury, BRISTOL
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PostSubject: Re: Sunday 2nd December   Sat Dec 01, 2012 3:25 pm

PeterP wrote:
Rode Sunday's route on Thursday with Jarek. Would like to ride Sunday but haven't got time for a pub lunch stop. Don't fancy a solo ride back from Shirenewton. Anyone else in same position?

Similarly pushed for time so I'll happily head back with you at the lunch stop!
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PostSubject: Re: Sunday 2nd December   Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:45 pm

Could be useful advice for Sunday's ride!

Coping with ice

Lingering frost or black ice can catch anyone unawares, especially given that crisp winter days and blue skies are so inviting for a bracing ride. Stunning cloudless days go hand in hand with sub-zero nights. And when the sun does come up it stays low in the sky and relatively weak, with long shadows.
Add to that the time-poor training cyclist’s preference for early morning rides and there’s a high chance some of those shadows will be icy and make your wheels lose grip.

One of the biggest causes of black ice is when a big freeze follows a partial thaw, so that rain water or meltwater is frozen before it can drain off the road completely, leaving a thin layer of transparent ice.

If you’re riding in these conditions, pick your road carefully and stick to those that have been treated. Of course, the downside to this is that many councils put a water dispersal agent down with the salt, and after a few days this too can be slippy.

Be particuarly wary of the more exposed sections of road, such as where there are no hedges – the wind chill will have further cooled the tarmac there – and always keep your eyes on the road ahead so you’re prepared for icy hazards, going round them if you have time and it’s safe to do so.

If you’re about to hit ice then don’t do anything sudden – don’t turn the bar too fast or far or lean the bike, and don’t brake hard or suddenly. Of course, if you hit black ice on a downhill corner, all you can do is hope for a soft landing…
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PostSubject: Re: Sunday 2nd December   Sat Dec 01, 2012 6:02 pm

I was out this morning with a friend up to Berkeley via Tytherington and Tortworth. There were a few places with ice on the road, and I didn't even notice until my friend was lying on the floor behind me... The ice was very transparent indeed. It really looked a lot like it was just wet. I think we will need to be mega careful tomorrow.
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PostSubject: Re: Sunday 2nd December   Sat Dec 01, 2012 6:28 pm

Cookiemonster wrote:
bigsenior wrote:
Will you be alright Darren without me leading you up those hills?

Where are you going then? Are you coming mountain biking with us? Twisted Evil

Yea in your dreams !

I have to go to Twickenham to show the All Blacks how to play Rugby. afro lol!

.My memory must be going .I can't remember asking or your opinion!
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PostSubject: Re: Sunday 2nd December   Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:07 am

If anyone is planning to meet us at Passage Road, Aust then please speak up now so that I know to wait for you.

If you are riding to the start, be careful. See you at Costa.
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PostSubject: Re: Sunday 2nd December   Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:07 am

See you at Costa Dave, I'm taking it very easy today considering the road conditions.
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