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Old 12-23-13, 03:57 PM   #4026
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37░f and sprinkles this morning. the aftn was great. 33f. traffic was backed up everywhere. the nice part, it had no effect on my commute. I love it when that happens.
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Old 12-23-13, 05:18 PM   #4027
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Last commute of the year, so it was a little bittersweet. About 0░F on the way home, and I had a novel issue: ice kept forming on my eyelashes, occasionally interfering with my view.
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Old 12-23-13, 07:25 PM   #4028
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Went in to work for 1/2 hr today. Nice to ride in the daylight for a change. Snow's all gone and sun was out (9C). Pretty nice ride for the end of Dec.
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Old 12-23-13, 08:27 PM   #4029
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I rode today. The snow is a distant memory, and it was quite warm.

[Edit] Jusy noticed the guy above me said the exact same thing

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Old 12-24-13, 08:45 AM   #4030
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Traffic was light this morning which doesn't surprise me, but the motorists seemed pretty laid back which does surprise me. Usually this time of year they're tense and aggressive but this season, not so. Maybe they feel pity for the cyclist out in the rain and sub-freezing mornings (seems fair, since I pity them). But whatever it is, I'm happy for it.

My beloved Greenway is under about three feet of water from the heavy rains, but it should drain off by next week. I think I'll have two more commutes this year and it's supposed to warm up to short sleeve weather - something to look forward to.
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Old 12-24-13, 09:54 AM   #4031
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2░F and a mild tailwind. Kind of a nice ride, although my feet were a little cold by the end.

I'm really happy with the anti-fog performance of my Visorgogs in this cold weather. A big "thank you" to whoever suggested them for cold weather bicycling on this forum sometime last year.
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Old 12-24-13, 09:57 AM   #4032
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The first half of the commute was fantastic. I left late, but traffic was really light all the way, which was great. Cold front coming through so we will get temps dropping rapidly this evening, so ti got very very windy. North to south winds, and I go east to west... over the water was really unnerving, so I just went really slow and was ready to get on the brakes.
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No more commuting til Jan 2nd and presumably the next thread! :-D
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Old 12-25-13, 09:25 AM   #4034
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2░F and a mild tailwind. Kind of a nice ride, although my feet were a little cold by the end.

I'm really happy with the anti-fog performance of my Visorgogs in this cold weather. A big "thank you" to whoever suggested them for cold weather bicycling on this forum sometime last year.
Ooh, those are way cool! Do you wear glasses underneath (if not, would they fit)?
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All dressed and ready to commute with my son to Christmas brunch. Pretty nice out. You all enjoy your day!
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Ooh, those are way cool! Do you wear glasses underneath (if not, would they fit)?
No, I don't wear eyeglasses underneath. They are designed to fit over eyeglasses, though. I just tried them on over my clear safety glasses, and they fit fine.

The Visorgogs are pretty cool. They have a built-in blue visor that actually functions pretty well as a sunblock for low sun (like a baseball cap's brim). They block the wind great, and they have two vents on top of the visor part that allow enough air flow to defog the goggles pretty effectively in the bitter cold.

They're cheap too, like $6. I put on my balaclava first, then my bike helmet, then the visorgogs go on last (they use an elastic strap).

The biggest negative is that there isn't any way to use my take-a-look mirror with them. Plus they would probably not be great for warm weather. For cold weather bicycling, though, they are great.

They are actually designed for science lab technicians and are used to guard against chemical splatters, etc. But I've seen them mentioned on Ice Biking websites, and they have this cool secondary use as eye protection for cycling in the bitter cold. Get a pair and try them, they work well.
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Old 12-25-13, 11:09 AM   #4037
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No, I don't wear eyeglasses underneath. They are designed to fit over eyeglasses, though. I just tried them on over my clear safety glasses, and they fit fine.

The Visorgogs are pretty cool. They have a built-in blue visor that actually functions pretty well as a sunblock for low sun (like a baseball cap's brim). They block the wind great, and they have two vents on top of the visor part that allow enough air flow to defog the goggles pretty effectively in the bitter cold.

They're cheap too, like $6. I put on my balaclava first, then my bike helmet, then the visorgogs go on last (they use an elastic strap).

The biggest negative is that there isn't any way to use my take-a-look mirror with them. Plus they would probably not be great for warm weather. For cold weather bicycling, though, they are great.

They are actually designed for science lab technicians and are used to guard against chemical splatters, etc. But I've seen them mentioned on Ice Biking websites, and they have this cool secondary use as eye protection for cycling in the bitter cold. Get a pair and try them, they work well.
Already ordered a pair from Amazon! I currently use regular hardware store safety glasses for cold weather but these look great. BTW, a lot of the feedback comments are from people who use them for cold weather biking! Thanks!!
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Old 12-25-13, 12:07 PM   #4038
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Bed to chair, via coffee pot,? not bad ..
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Old 12-26-13, 07:46 AM   #4039
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I knew it would be cold as soon as I saw there were no clouds. Close to 33f when I left the house. I rode past a couple people scraping the ice from their windshields and felt a little sorry for them. Once I got to my store, one of the supertroopers thought I was a bum and tried to tell me to leave. It wasn't until I put my key in the door that he believed me. I can see how he mistook me. Don't all bums wear neon orange jackets and tights?
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Old 12-26-13, 11:36 AM   #4040
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Nice morning ride to work with temps just above freezing. Traffic was light and no school buses. I noticed my rear blinker is getting dim. Time for some new batteries. Parking lot at work was almost empty. Not many here today.
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Nice ride today. I left an hour later since I started work an hour later and noticed a big difference in traffic coming into town. I do need to find a way to keep my toes warm though; by the time I get to work, they're freezing!
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Easy ride this morning, mid 30s and light traffic. I love the times when school busses are not running and all the college kids have gone home for break, the difference in traffic density is amazing.
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Easy ride this morning, mid 30s and light traffic. I love the times when school busses are not running and all the college kids have gone home for break, the difference in traffic density is amazing.
I don't even have that much of a college scene to contend with, but this week has been a dream... no school traffic, lots of people off work so the cars are so light.
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Old 12-27-13, 10:28 AM   #4044
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Ever since the 23rd its been a nightmare here. Lost power due to ice storm and spent the whole week tending a portable generator just to keep the house from freezing and we stayed comfortable for the 5 day duration. Just back to normal today. Have not had the bike out in over a week and more bad weather is predicted for early next week then another arctic blast deep freeze. Most of December was horrible and hoping to start the new year off better. My next attempt at a bike ride will be after New Years day as soon as its above 0, and not snowing. Happy New Year to everyone!!
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Back to working normal hours on Sundays now that the holidays are over for the retail world and it was nice to ride in during the daylight. I was cruising nicely when I hear a op! Pssssshhhh: in the time it took me to stop, my rear tire was completely flat. I've never had a tire deflate so fast. Initially I thought I broke a valve off somehow, but quickly found a BB sized hole in the tire and tube. While changing the tire, my tire lever broke and my tube had practically fused to the tire. What luck... Got it changed and back on the road and still made it to work early. Now I get new tires :-D
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The good news is that we had a "warm" day in Kansas City on Saturday to melt the ice and snow that has been on the ground for the past week. Now, it's just cold. Forecast is for 10 degrees with a north wind on Monday morning. I'm desperate to get back on the bike, but I dunno if I'll do it.
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First ride in after the holiday break...beautiful morning after a very rainy Sunday here in DC. Streets were eerily quiet.

I was a discombobulated mess, forgetting my routine for packing after only a week!
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Back to work after a long holiday break with my second-to-last commute of the year. Grabbed the wrong bike with no fenders as I figured the roads would be dry this morning, but I was way off on that account. We got 2" of rain yesterday but it cleared off mid-afternoon and I thought that would allow enough time for the rain to dry off. Fortunately my bike was already pretty dirty so I didn't mess it up more than it already was. My pace was really off this morning and it was my slowest commute in a long time.
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No ride in this morning.
New bike is on the USPS truck, so I'm possibly riding home if I can get it set up on my lunch break
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Ever since the 23rd its been a nightmare here. Lost power due to ice storm and spent the whole week tending a portable generator just to keep the house from freezing and we stayed comfortable for the 5 day duration. Just back to normal today. Have not had the bike out in over a week and more bad weather is predicted for early next week then another arctic blast deep freeze. Most of December was horrible and hoping to start the new year off better. My next attempt at a bike ride will be after New Years day as soon as its above 0, and not snowing. Happy New Year to everyone!!
Quite the same here but we didn't lose electrical power in my area. Still too much ice for a bike commute.

My last ride of 2013 as took place on the 17th of december, hoping 2014 will be good for me and my bike

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