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Indiana Dave

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Anyone get shocked at SWW?
« on: December 07, 2010, 12:50:05 PM »
I've never experienced anything like this in the powerline crossing at SWW.

http://www.eta.co.uk/2010/11/29/cyclists-can-suffer-electric-shocks-near-power-lines
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Re: Anyone get shocked at SWW?
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2010, 02:42:05 PM »
Not I, said me  ;D  Maybe that transmission line isn't pumping through enough juice.

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Re: Anyone get shocked at SWW?
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2010, 03:13:53 PM »
I've never experienced this phenomenon either.  I always rode my bike under power lines high voltage power lines when I was younger as well with no noticable shock.  Sounds like we should send this to Mythbusters!
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Re: Anyone get shocked at SWW?
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2010, 03:19:00 PM »
Yea...I belong to Eng-Tips.com and this came up... There's some debate on whether it's possible or not...
I'm not an electronics engineer, or an electrician though, so have just been watching from the sidelines.
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Re: Anyone get shocked at SWW?
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2010, 05:15:12 PM »
you won't need to buy a special light to ride under those.


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Re: Anyone get shocked at SWW?
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2010, 08:24:00 PM »
you won't need to buy a special light to ride under those.



I know I'll have a new light setup for next PA moonlight mountain bike race. Maybe it'll help me catch Dave G.

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Re: Anyone get shocked at SWW?
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2010, 09:05:40 PM »
I have ridden trails along power line corridors. No recall of any shocks.
I would also say any discharge will be shunted to the ground through the bike. Might get a zap if you touched another rider. May have to test that one.

A side note: Fluorescent lights will work near high-power lines even if the have burned out in your light fixture. The gas is still excited by the electricity even though the filament has failed.

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Re: Anyone get shocked at SWW?
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2010, 03:22:53 PM »
Wouldn't the metal clips on our shoes discharge the shock through our pedals even if we were holding on to the handlebars?  Maybe the lines in the UK are different than the way ours are here.

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Re: Anyone get shocked at SWW?
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2010, 05:33:24 PM »
This happened to a friend of mine in a light mist when he grabbed the door handle on his car which was parked under power lines.

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Re: Anyone get shocked at SWW?
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2011, 12:04:20 AM »
This has happened to me, not at SWW, but riding gravel roads somewhere near Ferdinand, IN. It was exactly as described in the article: tingling/shock feeling in my hands when they touched the brake levers, and on my thigh where it apparently touched my seatpost or bicycle frame. It only happened for a few moments, as I rode under the lines, perpendicular to them.

Needless to say, it was an odd experience, and I felt paranoid about power lines the rest of the day, though I haven't had the problem since. My two riding buddies did not experience the shocks.

I posted on my blog about it here, when it happened:

http://www.apertome.com/blog/2010/10/12/did-we-see-yall-in-fernan/

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Re: Anyone get shocked at SWW?
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2011, 11:52:32 AM »
This happened to me last year, by my house in Lapel.  I work for an energy company and talked to some of our transmission guys and they said no way.  Got me right on the inner thigh, when it touched my frame, didn't feel to good, I thought something pinched me.  It was very odd!!

 

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