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    A Slippery Commute

    This guy does the same commute I do- from Newton to Boston. Except he does something I've thought of doing but never would- he rides on the frozen Charles River.

    Check out this video:

    http://www.bostonmagazine.com/articl...e_Ice_cyclist/

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    Why not? It's a perfect surface, smooth and no worries about traffic. You do need good studded tyres of course. Around here, we usually get too much snow on ice for practical purposes, but the few days it's clean enough, riding on ice is a blast. Try it out!

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    Thanks Buzzman. Wonder if that trip is added to any of the DVD's he has made.
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    That is astonishing. It's not that he's riding on ice, many of us did that on land this winter. But he is gambling that the ice is solid enough to keep him out of the river!?!

    However, aside from that very large potential problem, it looks like a lot of fun.

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    I used to cross country ski on the frozen Des Plaines River. It was amazing. I would climb the banks, drop down into the river, and the city beyond the banks would disappear. Quiet, isolated, smooth, with pristine conditions. I hoped the added surface area of the ski's dispersed my weight well enough for any thin spots.
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    Every once in a while they have to pull someone out of that river, sometimes it's just a body. This year I watched the swans everyday at lunch because I would drive along the river near Brighton to go to the GYM for my lunchtime run. One day the river was frozen and the swans were gone. After a while the ice was gone. That river is very changeable. I know there are some Scandinavian? rivers or is it Holland? where folks ice skate on rivers and it sure looks like fun. Biking on the Charles? Save that for the crazies ...
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    Man, that guy needs to raise his seat, his knees almost hit the top bar!?

    But it was cool, I liked when the fishtail of snow came off the back wheel. But what a gamble, one thin spot and it's bye-bye bike and possibly bye-bye rider.
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    At about 1:35 in, there is a white object crossing the ice ahead of him from left to right. It kind of looks like a sailboat. Anybody know what it is?
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    It's an ice boat. There used to be a half dozen or so on the pond I live near.
    Kids started using dirt bikes and ski doos. Drove them away.
    The colorful sails lent a Norman Rockwell appearance for winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buzzman View Post
    This guy does the same commute I do- from Newton to Boston. Except he does something I've thought of doing but never would- he rides on the frozen Charles River.

    Check out this video:...
    Thanks for the video. That's a pretty unique view of the city.

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    I laughed when I read the first two words "Extreme biker". I thought he'd be jumping off cliffs or something. I guess that means when I was a kid, I was an "extreme ice skater" because I dared to skate on frozen rivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffpoulin View Post
    I laughed when I read the first two words "Extreme biker". I thought he'd be jumping off cliffs or something. I guess that means when I was a kid, I was an "extreme ice skater" because I dared to skate on frozen rivers.
    Most of the time in the winter the Charles doesn't freeze in the middle, much less freeze enough to bike or walk across. I'd rate this stunt pretty bold indeed.
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    Wow, the story says the video was shot in 2004, I wonder if the Charles has frozen over thick enough since then.

    Does anyone know where the Beacon Hill commuter bicycle store mentioned in the story is?

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    Did anyone else hear the part where it sounded like the ice was cracking underneath him as he rode under the bridge? Yikes!

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