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Old 03-10-09, 10:51 PM   #1
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Caution Rant When Will Winter End!

I know its just March, but I really really want to get back on the saddle. Up here in the Pacific Northwest I am used to the winters but since I have started cycling the winter just seems too long. The last couple times I have cycled it has been out in the snow with my brother in law. Everytime the weather man says it is going to be a nice day, or least a portion of the day is going to be nice, turns out just to be the opposite. Last time the weatherman said a low chance of snow in the evening, so me and my brother in law decide not to take any chances and go in morning, wow our mistake. We had wind gusts at 30-35 mph with sustained wind at 20 mph with snow. Should have brought some snowboarding goggles . It took me and bro about 2.5 hrs to cover 22.8 miles. Number didn't seem right at first until I thought about how much time I spent just slowly rolling over the ice. Oh yeah, and I did fall once, bike came out from under me due to the ice and I fell into a snow pile. Not bad except dirt got into my drive train and started to squeak really bad on the last 10 miles.

Well that is the end of rant, the weather is suppose to be "nice" this saturday so I am looking forward to another ride.
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Old 03-10-09, 11:40 PM   #2
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I'll jump in the rant too.

I live in the middle part of Sweden and we had about 9 days of above freezing temps that was taking away the rutted ice and snow. Sunday, we went for a drive along some of my routes and I was thrilled to see that all but about 3 miles of paths were clear. I plotted out a way around those and was excited about going for my first ride in months on Monday.

Jumped out of bed on Monday, it was mostly clear and above freezing. As I was pulling on my winter gear a migrane slammed into me like a freight train. It stuck with me all day, but I figured I could go out the next day.

Woke up yesterday and it was snowing like crazy. Too deep for me to take my little 'bent trike out in. Woke up this morning and it's still snowing.

The potential bright spot in this is that by next Thursday or so, we're supposed to get temps in the 45 F range. Fingers crossed. The only thing that is keeping me from completely climbing the walls is that my husband found a trainer that will accomodate my 20" wheels and told me to use it. Apparently, I was getting sullen at the idea of my cycling muscles atrophing.
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Old 03-11-09, 05:29 AM   #3
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78 and sunny here yesterday; 40 and cloudy, today.

I say pick your spots and ride on.
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This weekend and earlier in the week it was in the 80s and humid. Today there is a nice refreshing downpour and the temps were just above 40. Just spent an hour and a half in it coming to work on my bike

May the weak Texas winter never end!
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May the weak Texas winter never end!
lmao.... i look outside and say darn it, i can't ride out there, it's below fifty!!! then i read about sub thirties weather and feel shamed, then relieved that i don't have to put up with that kind of weather or more importantly i get to ride nearly year round without worrying to much about the weather...
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70 last Saturday
Thunderstorms Sunday and Monday
14 this morning

Yeah, I really hate this time of year.
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We got winds today 25 to 35 mph gusting to 50 and had 3 inches a rain in the last couple a days . LOT a folks flooded out on the small streams here on the Great lakes some homes got wacked with ice blowing off the BIG lakes . Iam hi and dry but I got neighbors with 2 or 3 feet a water in there basements . Ive loaned out my pumps these dummies are to cheap to buy one . I keep a couple and never usethem except to loan :

So Ya I feel your pain but summer is comming all this wind and rain is a sure sign a spring is here or close by here in Michigan . couple more weeks and things a be wonderful here in the water inter wonderland of Michigan . Not saying were out of the woods thou but it won't last if we do get a BIG snow it a just melt and cause more flooding :/

Luck of the draw a 150 miles south it has been really nice weather as far as temps . They could just as easy of been here to o well spring is in the air folks .
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I'm in Spokane, and I agree wholeheartedly. Snow in march sucks. It's supposed to be "nice" (46 degrees partly cloudy) this Saturday, so I'm planning for a ride. We'll see what actually happens.
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I'm in Spokane.....
Is that a really, really far eastern Suburb of Corvallis?
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Justin, yeah I live in spokane too, so you know what the weather was like last saturday. I live out in the west plains and got hit hard by the winds. As soon as the spring shows up hopefully I can become a regular saturday rider.
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AntsMarch-

I am in the Bonney Lake area, south of Seattle, by Auburn. I still have snow on my roof today and on the ground. When I took my son to school today, it was 24 degrees! I want winter to be over so I can ride. The last time I went for a ride and it was cold (about 47 degrees) I got so sick that I could not ride for a couple of weeks. That was in January. I really want it to get warm now...

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Don't worry, fellow cold-climaters. A 4 deg Celcius rise in average global temperatures by 2050 will take care of our winter issues.

Of course, we'll also see the mass extinction of ocean life due to acidification and a reduction of human population to 1 billion as we all attempt to migrate to Canada and Siberia, but at least we'll be able to bike year-round to our jobs in Bartertown.
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Don't worry, fellow cold-climaters. A 4 deg Celcius rise in average global temperatures by 2050 will take care of our winter issues.

Of course, we'll also see the mass extinction of ocean life due to acidification and a reduction of human population to 1 billion as we all attempt to migrate to Canada and Siberia, but at least we'll be able to bike year-round to our jobs in Bartertown.
Can someone move that up a bit I'll probably be long dead by then and I want to see it! Of course higher average temps don't mean we won't have really fierce winters and then incredibly blazing hot summers. Maybe we'll be like mercury
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Don't worry, fellow cold-climaters. A 4 deg Celcius rise in average global temperatures by 2050 will take care of our winter issues.

Of course, we'll also see the mass extinction of ocean life due to acidification and a reduction of human population to 1 billion as we all attempt to migrate to Canada and Siberia, but at least we'll be able to bike year-round to our jobs in Bartertown.
The issue I have always had with human cause of global warming, is that we have been tracking temperatures for about 100 years now, and it's getting warmer, it is only mans arrogance, which means that man must be the exclusive cause of this.

If you ask a scientist that deals with long term weather cycle research, they will tell you that the global warming is all caused by man crowd is full of male bovine manure.

Instead they will tell you that the earth works on warming and cooling cycles, major cycles like ice ages (the current one started 2.8 million years ago), and then more minor cycles called glacials (where it gets colder) and interglacials (where it gets warmer),
we are currently in an interglacial within and ice age, confused yet?

The current interglacial could last as little as 2,000 more years or as long as 10,000 more years. This means that yes, some species that depend on existing conditions could die out, other species will come along to take their place, as has always been. Some species will adapt to different conditions. Will a reduced ice sheet mean that polar bears will become extinct, or will the bears develop new hunting techniques or adapt to the new conditions, would we even recognize a polar bear that adapts to hunting in open water, rather then from an ice floe.

This indicates that even if we could go back 5,000 years, and eliminate the discovery of fire and then advance down a different track, it would still be getting warmer, and like many other things with our planet, these temperature increases and decreases fluctuate some. None of this means of course that man has not had some effect. Although over the long term, the earth will adapt and compensate for our nonsense, that's the way it's designed.
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This weather rant is right on time, -5F on the way to work today with a high of 9F. Yuck, SO tired of this...
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The weather turns bad almost everytime theres a full moon .
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It would have been nice today...if it wasn't for the 50 mph winds...
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Preaching to the choir...

The weather forecasts for this weekend are looking pretty good: sunny, and about 9 Celsius. Soon we'll enjoy double digit temps. I am looking so forward to warm weather.
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Preaching to the choir...

The weather forecasts for this weekend are looking pretty good: sunny, and about 9 Celsius. Soon we'll enjoy double digit temps. I am looking so forward to warm weather.
Yes, and then people in Toronto will start whining "It's too hot....." . Personally, when it's 30℃ with a humidex of 45, I say, bring it on, lets go even hotter!!!! We spend so much of the year freezing our butts off in this country, that when we get some heat, we should bask in it's glow, and enjoy it!

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Aaannnddd, still preaching ! I love it when it's hot and humid outside, but this town is seriously full of complaining ninnies . Last summer (and it wasn't even a hot summer) some kooky man asked me "hot enough for ya!" and cackled. Didn't even stick around for my snarky response. Did I mention he was wearing a handkerchief on his head? Tied with a little knot in each corner? That's what I get for riding near Rosedale.

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Aaannnddd, still preaching ! I love it when it's hot and humid outside, but this town is seriously full of complaining ninnies . Last summer (and it wasn't even a hot summer) some kooky man asked me "hot enough for ya!" and cackled. Didn't even stick around for my snarky response. Did I mention he was wearing a handkerchief on his head? Tied with a little knot in each corner? That's what I get for riding near Rosedale.

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Was that over or under his tinfoil hat?

Uh yeah, I think Toronto is the Canadian capitol for fruits and nuts......

Toronto is a city that acts like a village and appoints the village idiot mayor, so nothing really amazes me anymore.....
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No tinfoil, sadly. But the hanky went nicely with his tweed jacket. In July.

Too bad Zanta retired a couple of years ago.

No one else rocks the Santa hat like him.

I have heard there is a guy who wonders about Liberty Village (King and Dufferin-ish) and Parkdale wearing a colander on his head. A former co-worker said it reminded him of a package of Jiffy Pop.

Maybe someone should offer Mayor Miller a chapeau with plastic fruit stapled to it? Could get it cheap at Honest Ed's?
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Maybe someone should offer Mayor Miller a chapeau with plastic fruit stapled to it? Could get it cheap at Honest Ed's?
Yeah, then Miller can be both a fruit and nut at the same time......

Honestly the longer I live in this city, the more I miss living in small town Ontario. where mayors are mayors and they actually manage council into doing something sensible.....

Coming back to the topic of the thread, it's snowing again
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