Temperature...don't trust that readout !

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Temperature...don't trust that readout !

Post by Dave » Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:02 pm

When I say temperature, I mean the environmental temperature.

Yesterday my wee two hour faf about on the bike from midday got a bit extended and I arrived home after 8pm.

On the way home in the dark, the bikes air temperature readout was saying 3 deg C...but a few miles from home I noticed frost on the verges, then shortly after I had a wee down change rear wheel lock up into a corner.

"No difference there" you may say, but I was taking it easier than usual...as I have just noticed fresh frost.
I was fortunate to have kicked in into cautious mode once I spotted the frost and had the bike upright when I had a wee slide.
I am also fortunate enough that I ride a mile each day on a gravel/mud track, so wee slides don’t bother me.

Like so many things, it is only obvious once you apply a bit of thought or someone mentions the facts, but it should be obvious that the sensor on the bike (and car) will be reading the air temperature, potentially slightly higher than the actual air temp due the sheltered location and maybe collecting heat from the mechanics of the motor/exhaust/radiator etc.

On the ground, that has been soaking up the cold air and those horrible microclimate things decided to make some ice, again...the barstewards.

Those little barstewards also hold onto the ice in the morning, like today, lots of nice sunshine probably radiating heat into the bikes farings, warming up the air at the sensor, telling me it is 6 deg C...but there was still frost on many bits of road that has not been kissed by the Sun's rays, especially in dips.

Yeah many of you will be experienced road users in the winter...but those newish four wheeled cages with more sensors and computers than a space ship insulate the driver from the road conditions.

Rusty or novice riders may not remember or know about barsteward microclimate stuff.

I hope this tip helps, and get you thinking before jumping on your bike.


One final thing...it is feeeeekkkking great getting out the bike again

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Re: Temperature...don't trust that readout !

Post by willian » Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:47 am

Twas a good wee run......lucky I popped in past then eh?

8pm is taking the michael a wee bit was it not?

Where did you go after I left you?

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Re: Temperature...don't trust that readout !

Post by Dave » Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:58 am

willian wrote:Twas a good wee run......lucky I popped in past then eh?

8pm is taking the michael a wee bit was it not?

Where did you go after I left you?

go have a look at the date of my original post

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Re: Temperature...don't trust that readout !

Post by willian » Wed Mar 02, 2016 8:04 pm

Dave wrote:
willian wrote:Twas a good wee run......lucky I popped in past then eh?

8pm is taking the michael a wee bit was it not?

Where did you go after I left you?

go have a look at the date of my original post

Haha, not been in in a few days :log

The scenario was all too similar to Sunday

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