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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 12:18 pm    Post subject: Thunderstorms  Reply with quote

I decided to take shelter in a house yesterday as lightening started around me yesterday.

What's the (sensible) advice if one's caught in a thunderstorm?
Is lightening a danger for a cyclist on the road?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the lightning is near I think I would play safe and shelter. Especially if on a metal bike Smile

If you cant shelter indoors, then don't shelter near likely strike points - trees, big rocks etc.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Biosphere wrote:
If the lightning is near I think I would play safe and shelter. Especially if on a metal bike Smile

If you cant shelter indoors, then don't shelter near likely strike points - trees, big rocks etc.


People assured me that rubber tyres meant I was insulated, although I'd be dripping wet.

Is a thunderstorm just cause to neutralise a race?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sabcarrera wrote:
Biosphere wrote:
If the lightning is near I think I would play safe and shelter. Especially if on a metal bike Smile

If you cant shelter indoors, then don't shelter near likely strike points - trees, big rocks etc.


People assured me that rubber tyres meant I was insulated, although I'd be dripping wet.

Is a thunderstorm just cause to neutralise a race?


A few mm of rubber is not going to stop lightning. No chance. And like you said you're wet all over. Bearing in mind that it's a fairly low risk that you will be struck, I still think it's worth sheltering if you're in the midst of lightning.

As to the other question: neutralising a race isn't much use unless shelter is sought too.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I say it's low risk of being struck, but we've just arrived at Mrs Bio's family farm and they lost two cows (and unborn calves) in a storm last night Shocked

Out on the meadows for the summer.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Biosphere wrote:
I say it's low risk of being struck, but we've just arrived at Mrs Bio's family farm and they lost two cows (and unborn calves) in a storm last night Shocked

Out on the meadows for the summer.


Wow, bad luck

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