Severe Weather Warning 1

Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby Parker » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:18 pm

Hi guys...

so, what's the go? I ride from Kewdale, go through Northbridge and up the mitchell free way, hang a left at Stirling... maybe I wont ride, I think buckets just feel out of the sky...

Thoughts?
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Re: Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby Parker » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:29 pm

Weather here is different, in Melbourne, you'd ride because the transport system can deal with the weather and youd suck it up...
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Re: Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby Pushy » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:34 pm

Getting wet is not going to be your problem. Its the wind from the NNW at 28+kph gusting to 58+kph.
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Re: Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby Parker » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:36 pm

Pushy wrote:Getting wet is not going to be your problem. Its the wind from the NNW at 28+kph gusting to 58+kph.

Thats a headwind... right?

I'm showtime at reading the radar and understanding the radar
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Re: Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby PortableDave » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:40 pm

I'll probably still ride, I'm going North as well. I don't care so much about the conditions, only concern is copping a tree branch in the head.
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Re: Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby Parker » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:41 pm

I'll probably still ride as well, I'm just trying to get an idea for when you really need to catch the bus, that being said, I pass a few train stations along the way and can stop if I feel unsafe, I have good lights that are charging now :)
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Re: Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby Parker » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:42 pm

and it's good training...
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Re: Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby Pushy » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:47 pm

You'll have fun, remember when you were little, you were told not to play in the rain? Well, now you can. And if youre doing a round trip, the return leg will be a hoot.
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Re: Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby Parker » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:50 pm

Pushy wrote:You'll have fun, remember when you were little, you were told not to play in the rain? Well, now you can. And if youre doing a round trip, the return leg will be a hoot.

Ha! I wish I was doing the return leg... I am doing the 100mile challenge on strava, so I'll be sure to run south this evening (and ignore the fact that I'll have to turn around at some point)
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Re: Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby just4tehhalibut » Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:37 pm

There's a woman on a hybrid who rides through Kewdale daily to Perth, the bike loaded up with panniers and rackpack. Don't know what she needs to haul every day but those bags will be like sails, sorry sea anchors for her right now. In your case if you are thinking of riding south for a lark keep in mind a safe route north for when you have to turn back, don't head back along the Kwinana freeway path as it'll be very exposed to those NW winds with the odd debris and dead jellyfish being blown onto the path. Tasty. In the right conditions the bit around the Como foreshore can be a real sandblaster and closer to the Narrows the crosswinds will push your front wheel about.
Used to ride this path every day, whatever the conditions. Plenty of times in winter would get to work with the riverward side of me wet and covered in sand grit, the freeway side dry. Enjoy.
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Re: Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby Pushy » Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:12 pm

4:13pm STAY HOME, Parker. Radar looks evil.
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Re: Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby Parker » Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:30 pm

I can't stay home, cause I'm at work... and it only looks bad when you look at the composite at one hundred and something composite, if you look at it at 512km it looks heaps good...
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Re: Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby Parker » Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:35 pm

I take the graham farmer and then the mitchell
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Re: Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby Parker » Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:39 pm

wow... looks pretty showtime
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Re: Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby Baalzamon » Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:43 pm

It's justing down where I am right now, windy and raining quite hard
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Re: Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby Parker » Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:46 pm

Its not as heavy as it was here, just cleaned the coffee machine... it's improved (if you can call it an improvement)
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Re: Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby Parker » Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:46 pm

Not the coffee... the weather
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Re: Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby Pushy » Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:04 pm

Good luck Parker, just had a quick look at the coast cams and they are all looking wet. I'm at Dewllingup and its absolutely bucketing down right now. I think the worst will pass in about 45 minutes. You won't stay dry but try staying warm.
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Re: Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:07 pm

Knee is bung atm so I was not intending to do the full ride home anyway. Looks like it is just as well. The 5km either end will be enough and that's sufficiently unexposed (I hope).
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Re: Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby moosterbounce » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:25 pm

While I was sitting in a warm car (I had to collect a hundred kgs of dog biscuits, otherwise I was planning on commuting for the second time this year - honest :wink: ) it was pelting down around Joondalup way. Still is. I hope Parker didn't wait for a gap in the rain - she'd still be at work!!

How was the ride home folks?
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Re: Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby BandedRail » Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:11 pm

The commute home was quite "invigorating" - wet & windy but thankfully not cold. Time for a new raincoat methinks, my current one kept me dry for all of 30 seconds :roll:
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Re: Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby PortableDave » Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:18 pm

Small chainring the whole way home lol
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Re: Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby Red Rider » Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:59 am

A few times it felt like the bike was being lifted off the ground, and a head wind is better than a side wind, at least you don't get blown into traffic then :shock:
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Re: Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby Parker » Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:26 am

moosterbounce wrote:While I was sitting in a warm car (I had to collect a hundred kgs of dog biscuits, otherwise I was planning on commuting for the second time this year - honest :wink: ) it was pelting down around Joondalup way. Still is. I hope Parker didn't wait for a gap in the rain - she'd still be at work!!

How was the ride home folks?


I took the bus... hey MOOOOO! Coffee or booze? Which would be best for you this weekend (are you actually free/available?).
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Re: Severe Weather Warning 1

Postby JBark » Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:43 am

I had the most ridiculous ride home last night. Left work at 4, then got to the Kwinana PSP and turned south just as the huge gusts out of the north started to roll in. This is the first time in 400 commutes over 12,000 km that I've ever had an honest to god real tailwind heading south in the afternoon, and man was it a doozy. So much tailwind that I ran out of gears on my CX bike on the flat along the river! For reference I rarely even hit top gear on a steep downhill on normal commutes (maybe once a month). I must have been maintaining 50kph for most of the stretch between Canning Bridge and Mt Henry Bridge, and I wasn't even working hard. It's eerie to be travelling at that speed and having absolutely no wind noise either. And on top of that, I didn't even catch any rain except for a few sprinkles near home, and the downpour started about 60 seconds after I pulled into the carport.

So basically, the best commute ever, and it's going to make my usual afternoon slog into the Doctor seem all that much worse. :)
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