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Old 03-01-07, 11:02 AM   #1
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How was your February?

I had an almost perfect commuting record. I walked to work one day because it was too unsafe to bike. Lowest temp was -26C, the highest was probably around 10C. Total mileage: 182km. (6km down from Feb 2006 of 188km).
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Old 03-01-07, 11:30 AM   #2
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Kinda soggy, pretty cold most days, nice weekends for getting out and doing long rides. And then last night it started snowing. I haven't tabbed up my mileage for the month, but I was up to 150-something by the end of last week.
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mine was really crappy... i missed almost 10 commutes due to black ice. i gotta remember to get the studs for both our bikes BEFORE black ice season hits again next spring. i was set to buy them last week and the LBS only had one left. by the time they ordered them in they wouldn't be necessary anymore.

this year i had one for the front of both of our bikes and i found out that, while it is better than nothing, it is still not good.

actually hopefully by next year we both have a dedicated winter bike on which the studs will stay permanently mounted between november and march.
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Old 03-01-07, 11:43 AM   #4
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Out of town the first week in February, but commuted in to work on all the other days. The weather was not ideal (lots of rain) but still the commutes weren't bad with the rain gear on. I'm just looking forward to the days when I don't have to spend 20 minutes before and after the ride getting dressed and packing for the short 7 mile ride. I don't have a good start to March though... woke up this morning with a couple of inches of snow on the ground... the streets looked OK but I wasn't sure if I would hit some icy patches.. I wasn't willing to risk it since I'm riding slicks and my commute in includes a hill that I descend at 35 mph hour.
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bah, bad month, only 15.5 out of 19 work days. Had 3 days with appointments that were important and/or far enough away that required borrowing a car or taking the day off of work.
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BRUTAL for me. I got in 3 days! And one of those days was hell at -5F and 9" snow. The MUP has been snow and ice covered and when it wasn't, the temps were all below 0 and I was sick. Terrible month!
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Not as good as January. I had the flu and lost a week of riding. But March is looking good!
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Old 03-01-07, 12:06 PM   #8
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I drove to work on the 27th, first time in a year. I had a power supply blow in my computer and had to go an extra 30 miles to pick one up.
I was really looking forward to commuting today; the forecast was for freezing rain all night, with 1/4" on the ground and continuing rain, changing to thunderstorms during the day. Finally, some interesting weather. Unfortunately I woke up to a power failure, and had to drive to work because if the power didn't come on by noon at home, I had to head back and get the generator running, then go to work again. Of course, the power came on at 10:30.

Oh well, now I guess I've had my two days off for the year.

What's this "too unsafe to ride" thing of which you speak? My feeling is that if it's too dangerous for me to ride, it's WAY to dangerous to drive. I can keep control much better on my bike than in a car, and I can dodge better on a bike too. Especially on ice.
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I biked every workday except two where I telecommuted.

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What's this "too unsafe to ride" thing of which you speak? My feeling is that if it's too dangerous for me to ride, it's WAY to dangerous to drive. I can keep control much better on my bike than in a car, and I can dodge better on a bike too. Especially on ice.
Hehe, you missed the part in my OP where I said I walked on that day
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I managed to ride everyday. It was sloppy, though. And when it wasn't sloppy, it was cold. But it was still fun.
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Crappy. After a nice January, when I got cycled in to work 11 out of 17, I was only 6 out of 15 in Feb.

I got out of a good routine and had too many activites after work. It's tough to bring a bowling ball on my bike. Also, some bitter cold temps had me gunshy after one tough ride; also, a business trip took away several opportunities.

Still, I remain on pace with 2006, having come in 16 times so far, not counting today.
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Nothing can explain my month far better than awesome. This is the first month I have had my bike. I commuted everyday. I have hardly even touched my car besides having to take my fiance to school while her car was broke down(She does not have a bike). But once her car was fixed, no driving for me. It was all riding. Weather was amazing as well. 70s in the day, 40s at night(I have to ride home late at night). Bike feels great. Now my commute and errands arent far due to the proximity of everything to me. But I have enjoyed Feb.
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Can't complain. I only missed 2 days due to a couple snowstorms. However, February will be remembered as a bitter cold month her in the St. Paul, MN. Many of my morning commutes were sub-zero, with the lowest being -17F. I certainly learned a few things about extreme cold! Logged 534 miles for Feb.

March is off to a bad start as we're in the midst of a blizzard. We're expecting 16-18 inches of snow. Between today and tomorrow, this will be my first back-to-back driving since May 2006. I plan to get some spinning in to take care of my cycling addiction.
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Pretty tough month for me. Total 525 km, skipped two days cause of the snow. Got a nice patch of frostbite on my cheek. Basically, I'm sick of winter now, can we please at least have a chinook?
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Great! Had not been outside on the bike from 19-DEC to 04-FEB. Rode 18 days in Feb. 15 days to work by bike, 5 days to work by foot, 1 day to work by car (had a doctor's appointment and it was icy). Rode 8 miles on the 28th to get 500 miles for the month, then walked to work because of incoming snow storm.
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My Feb was pretty bad.
4 days out of 20 total workdays. I'm calling it 4 for 16 because I had 4 days where I had meetings out of the office, dentist appts mid-day etc. Still pretty bad. The cold doesn't bother me (I was over 70% for Dec/Jan) but the ice skeeves me out a bit. If I'm living in the same place and/or able to bike commuter next winter, I will have studded tires.
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Averaged about 3 days a week commuting. We had many days in the mid 30'sF with rain and it was just too easy to bag it and drive in. I'm kind of disappointed in myself because last winter I barely skipped any days at all.
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Pretty tough month for me. Total 525 km, skipped two days cause of the snow. Got a nice patch of frostbite on my cheek. Basically, I'm sick of winter now, can we please at least have a chinook?
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I broke a wheel halfway through the month... Other than that i figured out how to commute on my bike and did it a few times. Currently waiting on new wheels to arrive.
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Mine wasn't good at all. After a GREAT winter so far, February was almost devoid of outdoor rides. (You guys in Canada are a lot tougher than I am). Got my first commute in yesterday, and took 2 hours because of about 2 miles worth of MUP that was completely covered in snow and ice. My commute is 43 miles RT, so I use street tires, and can't really do ice and snow.

That's the bad part.

Good part is - found a detour on the way home to go around the bad part, and by this weekend, that stretch should clear up. With improving weather, I should be on the rebound, and will be commuting more often as part of my training for a big century in June.
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It sucked! But it's made me stronger for Spring!!

Only missed about two days due to too much ice. Snow wasn't the big problem.
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Snow...and it's still snowing...got another 6" last night
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Ranged from cold and snowy/icy to BEAUTIFUL.

580 miles and 26,882 feet of climbing logged for the month.
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