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ThermionicScott 12-17-13 03:17 PM

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Originally Posted by mstraus (Post 16337679)
Later in SF, this guy passed me from behind at a red light, but was slower then me so I passed him back, yet he kept trying to work in front of me at every red light, making me slow down or pass him again. If you know you are slower then someone, why move in front of then at a red light??

It's called "shoaling." ;)

http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2009...y-bicycle.html

Greg M 12-17-13 03:41 PM

25f and light snow going in this morning with a tailwind for a change. Very enjoyable with traffic on the light side. Trip home was 33 with a freezing rain and drizzle with fairly heavy traffic. Considering the weather not too bad. Today was the first day with the snow tires, schwalbe marathon winters 700 x 35. Slowed my avg. speed by 1-2 mph and a noticable difference in acceleration from traffic lights. But very relaxed with no real concern with sliding.

tsurr 12-17-13 04:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Gatorfreak (Post 16337845)
My coldest commute ever today... 37F. Usually only gets that cold a few times each winter. Not too bad but I just wish I could keep my nose from running.

not a lot od col weather in Knoxville, we had 55 degrees today with sun and wind,15-20mph. When it gets cold here I go to Fla for a couple of weeks. Nice being retired.

dramiscram 12-17-13 04:55 PM

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Originally Posted by arsprod (Post 16337793)
Ya think?! What heated socks do you use?

I got the cheapest possible socks on eBay (30$ shipping included). They were too tight and made from cotton (80% cotton)and the heating element was too weak to overcome the ''cotton factor''. But I removed the elements, put them between 2 layers of aluminum duct tape and put them between a pair of thin syntetic sock a big pair of wool socks so my feet are really warm.
The part that completely froze is the front of my thighs and my left buttock.

mstraus 12-17-13 05:34 PM

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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott (Post 16337877)

Wow, that link just made my day. Like the other description referenced in this as well
http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2009...icycle_12.html

Part of me wants to print this out and give it to anyone who "shoals" me when I pass them back (if I pass them back).

Gezman 12-17-13 09:14 PM

Today was warm ...ish wind was blowing at 15 mph . Rode around 12 miles to the local library ... It was nice

Mr. Hairy Legs 12-17-13 10:37 PM

Pretty warm today, well above freezing. Looking forward to the end of January when there are still traces of daylight when I leave the office.

EdZilla 12-17-13 11:30 PM

Great full moon early morning mid December bike ride. Cold, clear, and a blazing full moon.
https://docs.google.com/a/summitbid....ppQnNPSUk/edit

bmontgomery87 12-18-13 05:33 AM

^^ Agree with Edzilla.

I didn't get to ride monday or tuesday and kept thinking how much I wanted to be riding with the bright mornings we've had lately.

It was 30ish and windy here, but a really cool ride with the full moon. That being said, I shaved about 5 minutes off of my commute and felt like dying when I walked into work.

dcb23 12-18-13 06:08 AM

The moon yes...even in a cityscape the bright morning moon is making a difference. Nice ride in, wet streets with some ice on cars from the overnight freeze.

tarwheel 12-18-13 07:05 AM

Swapped bikes today and forgot the keys to my office. Fortunately I carry a spare key to my bike lock on my pocket, so I was able to lock up. Waiting for someone to show up at work with keys to the storage room where I keep my clothes, towel and bath supplies. I've been lucky with the weather so far in December and have missed only one commute day so far. If I can keep it up, I should top my goal of 5,000 commuting miles this year.

dramiscram 12-18-13 08:29 AM

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Originally Posted by tarwheel (Post 16339431)
I've been lucky with the weather so far in December and have missed only one commute day so far. If I can keep it up, I should top my goal of 5,000 commuting miles this year.

:thumb:

In my case it's the other way around, the weather forced me to skip 5 commute days so far in december so I'm already 110 kms short of my annual goal of 10 000 kms total (not just commuting) With the forecast I'll probably have to skip few more days.

I'll try again next year.

tarwheel 12-18-13 09:23 AM

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Originally Posted by dramiscram (Post 16339568)
:thumb:

In my case it's the other way around, the weather forced me to skip 5 commute days so far in december so I'm already 110 kms short of my annual goal of 10 000 kms total (not just commuting) With the forecast I'll probably have to skip few more days.

I'll try again next year.

I am amazed at how much you manage to ride up in frigid north country. My problem this year has been vacation time, which is a good problem to have. I got an extra 2 weeks of vacation days this year, which cost me about 200-250 miles of commuting. I've actually been commuting more on days with marginal weather this year, but all that time off reduced the number of commutes. My total mileage is higher than ever, however, and I should top 9,000 miles for the year this week.

mtessmer 12-18-13 09:43 AM

It didn't start well. My bike helmet headlight/flasher died on me (with a full charge) and I no sooner get out of the driveway and my rear tire was almost flat. Hmmm... I hope my day gets better. :(

FBinNY 12-18-13 09:53 AM

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Originally Posted by mtessmer (Post 16339776)
It didn't start well. My bike helmet headlight/flasher died on me (with a full charge) and I no sooner get out of the driveway and my rear tire was almost flat. Hmmm... I hope my day gets better. :(

I don't know if this has been mentioned on the forum, but cold weather riders should know that batteries don't like very low temps (below freezing). As temps drop battery performance drops also. The effect varies by battery type (chemistry), and how that affects your light depends on the circuitry. Some will read a cold battery as depleted and shut down, or even if running may put out significantly less light.

So if you live in an area where your car won't cold start easily, figure your lights will likewise suffer.

mtessmer 12-18-13 10:01 AM

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Originally Posted by droy45 (Post 16336426)
This is the longest and coldest and snowiest stretch of weather I have seen in these parts in over 5 years. Global Warming, (Only on the polar cap I guess). Anyway, enough complaining, No commuting or riding for now anyway. It is -13degF with a windchill of about -35degF. More snow on the way and maybe a long awaited warm up to the 30's. Might get a ride later this week once this storm passes and the roads get cleared if it warms up a little.

We've had the longest, coldest December weather since the early 70's. Plus we've had snow 12 out of the last 17 days. It's hurt my bike commuting figures. Most of November was colder than average also. I'll stop complaining.

mtessmer 12-18-13 10:03 AM

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Originally Posted by FBinNY (Post 16339810)
I don't know if this has been mentioned on the forum, but cold weather riders should know that batteries don't like very low temps (below freezing). As temps drop battery performance drops also. The effect varies by battery type (chemistry), and how that affects your light depends on the circuitry. Some will read a cold battery as depleted and shut down, or even if running may put out significantly less light.

So if you live in an area where your car won't cold start easily, figure your lights will likewise suffer.

No, it's a bad switch. It worked great all last winter.

Rick@OCRR 12-18-13 10:06 AM

Temp. was 58 Deg.F when I left the house, so no problems and no issues with motorists equals an excellent commute this morning.

Should be in the 70's by the time I ride home.

Rick / OCRR

squegeeboo 12-18-13 10:30 AM

Last two days have seen both my main bike and backup bike break. So my commutes have been bad. Hopefully I can find my chain repair tool and a spare link or three and get the backup running again at least.

mstraus 12-18-13 01:15 PM

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Last nights commute home was great. Cool but not cold and I was layered perfectly.
Moon was big and bright giving me fantastic views as I approached and went over the Golden Gate Bridge.
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=355665
I stopped at a bike store on the way home to pick something up, browse a bit, and ask questions about a bike I have been eyeing. Felt much colder when it got back on the road and had a bit of a chill the rest of the way home, but didn't feel like adding a layer.

This morning was great. In the low 40s warming to mid 40s after being about 50 yesterday. After a cold start I pushed hard to warm up and felt good the entire ride. Made good time and even got a new best on one of my climbs.

iamjethro 12-18-13 01:44 PM

UGH! Had a meeting out of town so I drove today. Then about 10 got a phone call. meeting cancelled. Perfect day too. Was under 30 this morning when I would have left in, but about 62 forecast for the ride home this afterrnoon. And I missed it.

rumrunn6 12-18-13 02:29 PM

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Originally Posted by mtessmer (Post 16339776)
It didn't start well. My bike helmet headlight/flasher died on me (with a full charge) and I no sooner get out of the driveway and my rear tire was almost flat. Hmmm... I hope my day gets better. :(

when I was commuting I wrapped my battery in bubble wrap and it rode in a spare bottle holder w/ 2 sandwich bags rubber banded over the top. lately though it rides in my rear trunk, well insulated. can you run the battery from within your jacket? or is the battery in the light itself? if cold wasn't the issue with the battery then maybe it's time to replace the battery. rechargeables don't last forever. these are the times that make you tuff and really enjoy the swift summer commutes

dcb23 12-19-13 06:21 AM

Last commute today until the 30th....happy holidays and safe riding everyone!

prooftheory 12-19-13 08:13 AM

Dry and warm (30/-1) but I had to ride through a police barricade where a pedestrian had been killed by a driver.

dramiscram 12-19-13 08:36 AM

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Originally Posted by tarwheel (Post 16339706)
. My problem this year has been vacation time, which is a good problem to have. .

I wish I had that kind of problem


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