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Old 01-29-14, 11:55 AM   #301
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Dense fog on my ride to work this morning but very reasonable temperature (54 Deg.F when I left the house). Wet streets, slippery railroad tracks and white lines but otherwise, no problem.

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Old 01-29-14, 12:38 PM   #302
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I am telecommuting today, as the entire area is shut down and the roads impassable for most people. We still have school buses stuck in stalled in the roads since yesterday, and people spending the night in their autos.

I left the office early yesterday, it had been snowing steady for three hours already and we were getting reports of snarled traffic and accident pileups. This image is from the Alpharetta Patch report about roads close to our offices from shortly before we started leaving. It doesn't look that bad until you realize that drivers here only see this every 4 or 5 years. I pedalled past about a mile of cars on this road who were already barely moving and then opted to cut through the Greenway instead of dealing with traffic. There were about 2-3 inches of snow in places, little ice on the surface yet so it wasn't difficult even on my road bike. Except for having to stop once to chip ice off the derailleurs, brakes and pulleys. Still that part of trip home was an all-time record slow for me at around 11 mph.
Up here it's what we call ''wednesday morning''. Good luck
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My commute week took a big hit with the winter storm that rolled through the Southeast yesterday. Like last week, the storm started on Tuesday afternoon and local forecasters blew the timing by quite a bit. In both cases, I could have biked to work but drove because forecasters predicted that snow/sleet would start in early to mid-afternoon, when the storms actually arrived much later. Forecasters predicted we would get 3-6" of snow, which is a lot for around here, but we ended up with about 2". Temperatures are still very cold and expected to drop to the single digits F tonight, so roads will be very icy tomorrow and I probably won't be able to even drive to work until late morning or afternoon. My biking is probably over for the work week and month of January due to threat of black ice.
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Old 01-29-14, 01:39 PM   #304
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Up here it's what we call ''wednesday morning''. Good luck
Normal for you but imagine Montreal suddenly filled with tens of thousands of drivers, none of them with the right equipment, with no clue on how to drive and nothing done for any of the roads - and three hours up in that for a short trip home. Near a thousand accidents, close to a hundred injuries. The mass of abandoned cars look apocalyptic this morning. What's funny is that after the total lack of foresight by some, the local schools who own a big part of the problem are all closed tomorrow while the streets are likely to be clear, with no problem other than idiots spinning tires and cars on patches of ice.

For my part it wasn't actually all that bad, not abnormally cold even although the heavy sleet/rain was annoying. I wrapped up these quicky fake pogies on Monday, half a dozen thick layers of fleece surrounded by vinyl and taped on. They look like crap but function is flawless, I can't remember previously being so comfortable this winter. With no gloves on even. I can see why you iceman types swear by them
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7degC (45degF) and lightly raining this AM. I didn't ride yesterday, so I especially enjoyed it today.

I got covered in grit, and realized I will have to transfer my super fiddly fenders from my old road bike to my new one. I cant believe i rode all last winter without any fenders.
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It was pretty good, 20 miles in the morning.
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I'm hoping that it'll be warm enough to ride on Friday. In the 30s at least.
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17F -8C Importantly, almost no wind which made for a nice ride in. I believe our mid Atlantic region should start warming up today.
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The best day's start with a post to this thread cause that means I was able to bike commute. Well today I will commute home again by bike. I rode home yesterday and the temp was 19f degrees at 5pm when I rode through town. There was little wind and blue skies when I left work yesterday. What a nice ride home. Today is supposed to be a repeat of yesterday with the temp just a little warmer. I am looking forward to my ride home again today!!
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-1F when I woke up, so no ride in today. Tomorrow is looking good: temps are supposed to be upper teens, low 20s in the morning, and getting close to 40F by the ride home. I hope my legs don't fall off.
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Old 01-30-14, 08:18 AM   #311
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I just love natural trainers. Constant 25 mph head wind with 35 mph gusts. Good thing it was 36 deg f out.
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I passed some birds enjoying a steam beside a local river inlet. First time this winter that I've seen steam on coming off the water.
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Brutal.

At 3F with 10mph headwind, plowing through snow the whole tedious way.

Just brutal.
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My bike is parked here at work waiting on me. 11F this morning when my wife dropped me off. I'm excited to get to ride home today. 10-20 mph winds from the south means I'll have a tailwind ost of the way home. This will be only be my fourth ride this year due to the colder than normal temps and training for a half marathon. Today is a good day!
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2014!! How was your commute today?

Today was the first weekday morning in forever that was over 25 degrees with clear roads here in KC, so I did my full 22 mile commute, versus catching the bus at mile 4. It also came with a 15+ mph tailwind for most of the ride. It felt like cheating.
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Commuting in was fine. About 30░F, no traction issues. The ride home was sketchy -- I can't seem to find a route home where I can go the appropriate speed on mashed-potato snow without a bunch of impatient SUV drivers trying to pass. I may even start taking the local trail home, although it's a pain to get to from my work.
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Confession. No bike commutes this week. Three commutes behind goal already and it's only January. I'll have to make it up during May Is Bike Month.

Monday needed truck for errands
Tuesday time in the morning taken up dealing with someone having rummaged through my glove box since I left the truck unlocked on the street like an idiot
Wednesday rain
Thursday scared off by empty threat of rain
Friday off
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This was the second day with clear sunshine, and the temperature even got above freezing in the afternoon, so I thought I'd give the path a try for the ride home. For about a mile it was fine. My 700x28's sliced right through the crunchy stuff and had enough traction on the solid ice. As long as I stayed up and straight, which I did. The hard-won skills from the last day of snowfall (three years ago ) were coming back to me and I thought I had it licked. Even the thicker snow on the wood bridges, no problem. Until I reached a really weird section about a half mile long. Flat, straight, out in the open it was solidly covered with a thick layer. I don't know why it didn't melt like everywhere else in direct sunlight, maybe the storm dumped twice as much there, or it stayed colder or something. Even the GPS went haywire on that stretch. But it was frozen underneath - no surprise there - and covered with a mix of crunchy, compacted, ruts, hard crumbly stuff and soft patches. It all looked the same, that's just how it felt. I've never seen that. I'd be going smooth and easy for a dozen feet and then the back would fishtail with no warning, rhyme or reason, over and over again for the whole length. I was down to under 6 mph and my bike isn't even geared that low so it was tough for me.

I did get through it finally without hitting the ground or stopping, and I really thought I could make the rest of the trip on the path, but I bailed out to the streets instead. I'm having a plate taken out of my collarbone tomorrow morning and I couldn't shake the mental image of falling and breaking it or the other side just 12 hours before the surgery, which would make it all kind of pointless. Wondering if I might get a discount for a two-fer - that's the kind of irony that the Universe likes to throw at me from time to time. So I'm not sure whether to feel proud of myself for my discretion or ashamed for the lacking valor. I wonder if I'll be up to commuting again by Monday or Tuesday.
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27F -3C, positively nice ride in. No wind and even saw a bit of the sunrise peeking through. Bike is filthy with dry salt residue, I need to get that stuff washed off this weekend.
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This was the second day with clear sunshine, and the temperature even got above freezing in the afternoon, so I thought I'd give the path a try for the ride home. For about a mile it was fine. My 700x28's sliced right through the crunchy stuff and had enough traction on the solid ice. As long as I stayed up and straight, which I did. The hard-won skills from the last day of snowfall (three years ago ) were coming back to me and I thought I had it licked. Even the thicker snow on the wood bridges, no problem. Until I reached a really weird section about a half mile long. Flat, straight, out in the open it was solidly covered with a thick layer. I don't know why it didn't melt like everywhere else in direct sunlight, maybe the storm dumped twice as much there, or it stayed colder or something. Even the GPS went haywire on that stretch. But it was frozen underneath - no surprise there - and covered with a mix of crunchy, compacted, ruts, hard crumbly stuff and soft patches. It all looked the same, that's just how it felt. I've never seen that. I'd be going smooth and easy for a dozen feet and then the back would fishtail with no warning, rhyme or reason, over and over again for the whole length. I was down to under 6 mph and my bike isn't even geared that low so it was tough for me.

I did get through it finally without hitting the ground or stopping, and I really thought I could make the rest of the trip on the path, but I bailed out to the streets instead. I'm having a plate taken out of my collarbone tomorrow morning and I couldn't shake the mental image of falling and breaking it or the other side just 12 hours before the surgery, which would make it all kind of pointless. Wondering if I might get a discount for a two-fer - that's the kind of irony that the Universe likes to throw at me from time to time. So I'm not sure whether to feel proud of myself for my discretion or ashamed for the lacking valor. I wonder if I'll be up to commuting again by Monday or Tuesday.
It's good for you southern guys to get a taste of real winter every once and awhile! Good luck with the surgery!!
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25f riding in this morning and supposed to be middle 30's for the ride home.
Back to normal temps. Found that teens are doable but at single digits its not
any fun for me. Luckily we've only had a few days like that.
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my ride home last night was great 25f degrees with clear blue skies and sunshine till the sun went down. No wind, just nice riding. Today there will be no commuting by bike. Hopefully I will get some bike commuting in next week. I need more fresh air!
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Finally back on the bike after being out of town all week for work. 27░F, 6-8 mph tailwind and only a couple spots of black ice. The salt has really done a number on my chain but nothing a bit of Dumonde won't fix.
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Overcast, 45* f, 65% humidity. It was beautiful!
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Woohoo! I finally got to ride. About 25F when I left with no wind. There were lots of cinders on the shoulders from all the snow and ice we've had, but it wasn't too bad. I underdressed my feet, so my toes were numb when I got to work. They've since warmed up.

The ride home should be fine: 38F and 5-10mph headwind. It feels good to be back on the bike.
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