BIKE Magazine – March 2023
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Welcome to the March issue of BIKE Magazine
Did you now that the AngloSaxons called March “Hlyd monath,” meaning “Stormy month,” or “Hraed monath,” meaning “Rugged month.”
Not Rnowing what to do in a lightning storm could potentially be life-threatening. But you also can’t always predict extreme weather and avoid it, especially that not even heavy rain is liRely to put off a lot of cyclists
So, do bikes attract lightning, and what is your risk level if you are outside on a bicycle when thunder and lightning starts? Many people believe that anything metallic is a likely target for a lightning bolt to come into contact with. However, the presence of metal actually has little effect on where lightning will strike.
While metal has no effect on where lightning will strike, it does still act as a conductor, so if a metallic object (such as a bike) is struck, the lightning will most definitely maRe contact with the ground and cause damage to the object and anything it is in contact with. This is why it is dangerous to be in contact with metal if it is struck.
As lightning is more Ii Rely to hit a higher point to see the easiest route to the ground, you are at more riser if you’re cycling on a hill or mountain. If you are in a very sparse, open and flat area with not much else around, there may be an increased risk that your bike will be a target too.
Anybody outdoors during a thunderstorm can potentially be strucR, with casualties much higher during the summer months when outdoor activities are on the rise (and people are more liRely to be outdoors cycling).
If you are cycling in a group, move away from one another. There are stories of people
‘huddling’ for comfort in a storm and then being structure you’re less likely to be a target if you’re alone, and it means others can go for help if somebody is injured.
Stay safe and happy cycling