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Old 12-05-13, 09:03 AM   #3851
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Nice morning for a bike ride, little croswind, a bit of sun, dry pavement.

The forecast for tonight is a 50-70 kmh headwind but I took the bike anyway, hoping for a change in the weather, If not there's a good Montréal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins hockey game at 7h30 pm on the radio, My shift end at 8 pm so if the Wind is too strong I'll be able to listen to the whole game on my way home
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Old 12-05-13, 10:48 AM   #3852
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Dry pavement? what is that? Dry air? what is that? this weather is disgusting. My riding has severely tapered off... aka rarely happens. BUMMED
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Old 12-05-13, 11:48 AM   #3853
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28F, which is about as cold as it gets here, but I wore my skull cap and ski gloves and was quite comfy. Lots of space at the bike rack too.
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Old 12-05-13, 12:11 PM   #3854
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45F this morning and pretty wicked crosswinds. Temps have been steadily dropping all and we're supposed to get rain and sleet changing to snow this evening. Could be the perfect storm for studded tires - wet, then snow, then temps in the teens. Oh boy what fun it is to ride
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Old 12-05-13, 12:27 PM   #3855
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My only day on the bike this week. I rarely miss a day riding but this December is going to be low mileage. Oh well. It is what it is.
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Old 12-05-13, 12:37 PM   #3856
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4 trips this week for about 72 miles. Today was 34 F and dry, good except them freaking swarms of geese by the river. Hissing at them gets them to move sometimes.
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Old 12-05-13, 12:38 PM   #3857
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Forgot to add that on Tuesday morning I was riding along and a dump truck just about pulled out in front of me. He was coming out of the county maintenance building's parking lot and was looking to his left so he could turn right down the road (same direction as me) and it looked like he was just going to keep rolling without stopping. But then he suddenly saw me did a panic stop from about 5 MPH or so. I saw it coming and was ready to swing out wide if need be, but it wasn't bad. I just raised my hand up at him as I rolled past like "what the heck man??"

This was on a 2-lane rural road with no shoulder, and I was riding probably 4-5 feet out from the white fog line.
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Old 12-05-13, 01:21 PM   #3858
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Going for a 5-day commute week, something I don't do very often. Usually bad weather or work commitments force me to drive at least one day each week. This morning it was very foggy and I briefly considered driving, but I rode because it was otherwise very nice -- warm temperatures, no rain, not too windy. What is ironic is that my legs have been toast all week due to a tough group ride on Sunday and some fit issues with a new bike. So, I'm getting lots of miles but my pace is off.
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Old 12-05-13, 04:23 PM   #3859
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Wow, temperatures have dropped more than 30 degrees in the last 16 hours, from 70 at midnight to 38 right now. And rain, heavy at times. Temps continue to fall below freezing and we're under an ice storm warning right now for tomorrow. I am VERY glad I do not have to ride 15+ miles in this cold mess.
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Old 12-05-13, 05:42 PM   #3860
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Wow, temperatures have dropped more than 30 degrees in the last 16 hours, from 70 at midnight to 38 right now. And rain, heavy at times. Temps continue to fall below freezing..
Same here in Nashville. It was hot, muggy 70 degrees on my 15 mile ride in this morning. 38 and pouring rain on my trip back home. I'm taking a watch and see approach to tomorrow.
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Old 12-06-13, 07:37 AM   #3861
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Very warm temps in the mid-60s F, but a tough commute due to a stiff headwind the whole way. It rained during the night and the roads were still wet, so I got a lot of road spray since I rode one of my bikes without fenders. I didn't realize the streets were so wet or I would have slapped on some RaceBlades. Rode to work every day this week, my first 5-bagger in a while and partially making up for all of the vacation time I took last week. It is supposed to rain all weekend here, which provided some of my motivation for biking to work every day.
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Old 12-06-13, 07:41 AM   #3862
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Nice ride home last night. A bit foggy, but no problems with cars. It was fun seeing my headlight light up the fog.

Drove in this morning due to the heavy rain and/or snow forecast.
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Old 12-06-13, 08:28 AM   #3863
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Very heavy rain and thick fog this morning. I would have been totally soaked and frozen to be in that for 1.5 hrs so I drove. Just wasn't worth it.
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Old 12-06-13, 08:56 AM   #3864
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My coldest commute ever when I rode to work this morning: -24F (-31C).

Here's to good cold weather gear!!!
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Old 12-06-13, 08:57 AM   #3865
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Yikes! Stay warm.
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Old 12-06-13, 09:45 AM   #3866
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44 Deg.F when I left the house this morning but I was dressed for it so no problem, quite comfortable although very dark I have good lights so no worries. 37 Deg. F by the time I got to the Metro station.

57 Deg.F on the ride home so no worries.

Actually quite warm compared to most of the country so I can't complain!

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Old 12-06-13, 09:49 AM   #3867
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My coldest commute ever when I rode to work this morning: -24F (-31C).

Here's to good cold weather gear!!!
No matter how bad I think the weather is here I can always read about one of you northern gods who has it worse! 24F and I guess Spring is over - 4" of snow last night, supposed to get 4 more by this evening. The trail I ride usually gets plowed but the first 3 miles hadn't this morning and I intentionally left late so it would be clear. Luckily, the last 8 miles of the ride were plowed and they were starting to salt. After the first unplowed section I seriously thought about bailing and going home!
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Old 12-06-13, 10:37 AM   #3868
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Snowed overnight, on the Coast.. will be interesting.. Off for 2nd .. home.. hot coffee, now.. ~o)^|
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Old 12-06-13, 01:15 PM   #3869
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My coldest commute ever when I rode to work this morning: -24F (-31C).

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Hey, that's my coldest bike commute too! I've done it a few times. Today it was only -5F Good ride!
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Tulsa had its 1st snow of the season, excited to try out the Nokian Extreme 294 ... first commute on the studs, great traction. Slooowww - about twice the time on the saddle. North wind didn't help.... looking forward to Tailwinds on the way home!
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..... looking forward to Tailwinds on the way home!
You're either an eternal optimist, or Tulsa is very different from anywhere else on Earth. Every experienced cyclist KNOWS that Murphy's Law dictates that winds reverse direction within minutes of any cyclist reaching the 1/2 way turnaround on a ride.
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You're either an eternal optimist, or Tulsa is very different from anywhere else on Earth. Every experienced cyclist KNOWS that Murphy's Law dictates that winds reverse direction within minutes of any cyclist reaching the 1/2 way turnaround on a ride.
Thankfully Murphy is not always right. I almost always (90% approx. I would guess) have no wind on the way to work and a hefty tail wind on the ride home. Just the way the climate and wind directions work around here.

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Old 12-06-13, 09:43 PM   #3873
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-5C this morning. I wimped out and drove.
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Old 12-06-13, 09:56 PM   #3874
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You're either an eternal optimist, or Tulsa is very different from anywhere else on Earth. Every experienced cyclist KNOWS that Murphy's Law dictates that winds reverse direction within minutes of any cyclist reaching the 1/2 way turnaround on a ride.
lol, my problem is that the wind comes out of the northwest, so my northeast route to work gets wind and my southwest route to home gets wind.
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Old 12-06-13, 10:14 PM   #3875
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Cold, so I took the car, which I've been doing anyway since late September when it got too cold here in Indiana, last year I could ride until the firs week of November, not this year. So much for global warming.
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