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Coincidences and the weather
« on: November 23, 2016, 07:58:05 am »
So back in the saddle again after microplonker suspended their Dutch plans bringing my propeller set lifestyle to an end. So first trip is a small blip to brummie land to see ailing mother in law and we have railway closing rain, winds against me by 180 degrees, the Indian summer ended with temperatures in single figures before the chill factor is applied. Think a trip to the nec to find some bargain weather proofs my be required

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Re: Coincidences and the weather
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2016, 08:11:22 am »
Correct rear brake use is scientifically proven to shorten stopping distances in EVERY road situation.

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Re: Coincidences and the weather
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2016, 10:22:10 am »
A long long time ago when the boy was pre-school (he's 40 now) we had a sidecar outfit. On said outfit I felt protective gear was unnecessary so wore warm clothing covered by a Helly Hansen bright yellow yachting waterproofs. You know the sort, trousers come up to your armpits. Surprisingly warm, stopped ALL of the wind, and TOTALLY waterproof.  ;D
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Re: Coincidences and the weather
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2016, 01:59:29 pm »
I agree! I have often looked at marine store offerings figuring that if they can stop water coming at you from 360 x 360 x 360 degrees all at the same time and in a force 14 then they ought to beat the wet weather on a bike.

I currently run a BMW Climat Somethingorother two-piece waterproof which is, with a bit of warmth thrown in.

The only downside is it makes me invisible as it is blacker than a black thing on black day and on a black bike at night I need a flouro vest for peace of mind.

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Re: Coincidences and the weather
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2016, 10:19:21 pm »
Well never got to the nec but managed 900miles in the week. Think the highest temperature I saw was 9 degrees but hey it never rained.

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Re: Coincidences and the weather
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2016, 11:14:42 pm »
So Twisty joined the navy and felt a man ! Agree the nautical approach or similar was the way to go in yesteryear. When I had my first bike in 1975 my winter attire consisted of waterproof overtrousers (For walking) and mucho layers plus Donkey jacket topped off with a green Cagoule. I had decent boots on with thick socks, body and head were fine (Still are actually if I say it myself ..) but hands were freezing, no matter if  wearing inner gloves flecked with  silver ( foil I presume) with  despatch riders gauntlet's and or handle bar muffs ( Hated the daft things as they got in the way really)

 For typical inclement  winter days I like that new fangled thing we Europeans call  a voiture.
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Re: Coincidences and the weather
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2016, 07:14:42 am »
I can vouch for the effectiveness of ski-wear. Thermals, gloves and trousers have all seen off daylong drenchings... a good way to get value from one of the worlds shortest skiing careers... also a relief that on a bike I can do more than turn left and fall over to stop! 🙃
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« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2016, 09:07:31 am »
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Re: Coincidences and the weather
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2016, 09:19:05 am »
Correct rear brake use is scientifically proven to shorten stopping distances in EVERY road situation.

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Re: Coincidences and the weather
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2016, 11:08:01 am »
Point 3 is a really valid one for all-day, all-weather riders. The BMW suit I use at the moment has great double cuffs to get the glove between and a built-in, very high, storm collar with integral thin cotton 'hood' to keep the collar up under the rim of the helmet. Totally weather-proof.......but

If it is raining, or it is forecast, when you set out, then it all works perfectly. However, if you have to stop to don the thing when it starts raining unexpectedly, then you either get a wet head taking the helmet off to make the collar watertight or you don't bother and just snuggle the collar up as best you can whilst trying not to get saturated hands to go inside your lovely waterproof and thus far, dry gloves  ::)

The other thing to look for on a suit is trouser bottoms which open to the waist(ish) so you can get them on over your boots without falling over doing the dance of the drunken spider.

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Re: Coincidences and the weather
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2016, 12:57:12 pm »
The European rain frint intersected perfectly with my progress through the south west on Saturday , ruining a half days cleaning in 30 minutes. However that was as nothing compared to the splattering I got this morning on an early start run back to Cornwall. -2C with frost covered roads to +10C.
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Re: Coincidences and the weather
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2016, 03:12:36 pm »
Msg received , it's cold up there.
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Re: Coincidences and the weather
« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2016, 05:14:45 pm »
Aaaaand back in the garage. various weird and wonderful stuff from my son for cleaning and restored to some semblance of presentable. ready for 48000mile service tomorrow, first at Ocean Falmouth. Rang this afternoon, in at 830 in the morning :o