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Old 03-02-09, 04:13 PM   #1
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Northeast Road conditions tomorrow 3/3. What do you think? Ride in or no?

I know so of you guys ride even when there's a foot of snow out but I'm typically a fairweather rider. It's supposed to be cold tomorrow, which I'm fine with but what do you think about road conditions? Will you be riding in?

If I still had my MTB I would have gone for it. But now I'm rolling on skinny tires. I'm not sure are well suited for the slop i'm expecting.
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Old 03-02-09, 06:22 PM   #2
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I had set a goal to commute by bike every day in March... that got junked today, maybe I'll start March 15th forward. I know I'm not comfortable riding around here when you add snow and slush to the already distracted drivers.
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My bike is much better in the snow than my car. Besides, there's no way I would take my car out in corrosive salt brine.

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Suppose to be a high of 13*F tomorrow with a 50/50 chance of snow, pretty much like today and I rode and I'll ride tomorrow.

Glad to still have the studded tires on this morning though, as there were patches of black ice.
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In Philly, the more heavily trafficked roads were nasty brown slush this afternoon, which I would hate to face without fenders but wouldn't be concerned about riding without studs. But on several of the roads on my route the snow had been compacted into ice, which I'm sure will be there for at least a few days. On that, I would have been screwed without my studs.
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I wouldn't do it with skinny road tires. I have studded tires, but unfortunately I went with Marathon Winters this year, and even they stink in snow. Next year I'm going back to Nokian W106s. On the Marathons, I'm driving when there's deep snow, but not on ice where they're fine. With the Nokians I rode every day, even on days when I had to walk up hills and pedal hard to get down them (yes, I'd actually stop moving going DOWN a hill if I stopped pedalling, the snow was that deep).
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Yeah, I think I'm off the bike until Friday (maybe Thursday) here in Philly since it looks like there won't be much melt-off until Thursday, and I'm lacking studs.
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Should have ridden this morning, would have made my 9AM meeting. Instead, I sat in traffic for 20 minutes and watched as driver after driver spun their tires trying to accelerate too fast. Even when I moved, speeds were way down, would have been faster, albeit dicier with all the slush and snow (and stupid decisions being made by drivers) to ride. Took me 45 minutes to drive the 5.25 miles to work whereas a normal time is about 15, plus a 10 minute walk.
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Jeez, don't they know how to plow on Long Island? It's simple: declare a snow emergency (which means no one can park on the major arteries), plow the snow, salt/sand as you deem necessary. Problem solved. There's nothing to spin your tires in after that.
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I drove. Normally, I'd bus to the train rather than bike on a day like today, but I have to get the kids at daycare and didn't want to wait for the bus this evening when the windchill will be in the teens. :/ No car for me tomorrow, though. Getting back on the Lent wagon!
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