Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-30-14, 07:56 PM   #76
ikaika777
Senior Member
 
ikaika777's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Bikes: 2017 Giant Escape 2, 2013 Giant Escape 2, 1986 Bianchi Nuovo Alloro
Posts: 234
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
79/69
ikaika777 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-14, 08:18 PM   #77
Dave Cutter
Senior Member
 
Dave Cutter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: D'uh... I am a Cutter
Bikes: '14 Trek 1.1, '10 Fuji Finest 3.0, '98 Cannondale R500, '88 Trek 360
Posts: 5,146
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 162 Post(s)
I was forced to spend some time outside today... mostly just standing around. I thought that with all to sub-zero crap we've had around here that 17 degrees would seem warm.

I was mistaken.

However it is supposed to get above freezing soon.... and I am committed to riding!
Dave Cutter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-14, 09:36 PM   #78
bigbenaugust 
always rides with luggage
 
bigbenaugust's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: KIGX
Bikes: 2009 Fantom CX, 2012 Fantom Cross Uno, Bakfiets
Posts: 1,984
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ikaika777 View Post
I guess it's not a good time to tell you guys that I live in Hawaii?
Send me a plate lunch or three and I will not be angry or jealous.
__________________
--Ben
Carrboro Bike Coalition - putting the "bike" in "CARrboro" :)
2011 Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno, 2009 Motobecane Fantom CX, and a Bakfiets
Previously: 2000 Trek 4500 (2000-2003), 2003 Novara Randonee (2003-2006), 2003 Giant Rainier (2003-2008), 2005 Xootr Swift (2005-2007), 2007 Nashbar 1x9 (2007-2011), 2011 Windsor Shetland (2011-2014), 2008 Citizen Folder (2015)
Non-Bike hardware: openSUSE Leap - LinuxMint Debian Edition 2 - Mac OS 10.6 - Android 4.4 - CyanogenMod 13
bigbenaugust is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-14, 11:59 PM   #79
ikaika777
Senior Member
 
ikaika777's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Bikes: 2017 Giant Escape 2, 2013 Giant Escape 2, 1986 Bianchi Nuovo Alloro
Posts: 234
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Ok. Teriyaki chicken or beef?
ikaika777 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-14, 09:37 AM   #80
bigbenaugust 
always rides with luggage
 
bigbenaugust's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: KIGX
Bikes: 2009 Fantom CX, 2012 Fantom Cross Uno, Bakfiets
Posts: 1,984
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ikaika777 View Post
Ok. Teriyaki chicken or beef?
Yes. Chicken katsu AND short ribs, please.
__________________
--Ben
Carrboro Bike Coalition - putting the "bike" in "CARrboro" :)
2011 Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno, 2009 Motobecane Fantom CX, and a Bakfiets
Previously: 2000 Trek 4500 (2000-2003), 2003 Novara Randonee (2003-2006), 2003 Giant Rainier (2003-2008), 2005 Xootr Swift (2005-2007), 2007 Nashbar 1x9 (2007-2011), 2011 Windsor Shetland (2011-2014), 2008 Citizen Folder (2015)
Non-Bike hardware: openSUSE Leap - LinuxMint Debian Edition 2 - Mac OS 10.6 - Android 4.4 - CyanogenMod 13
bigbenaugust is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-14, 03:46 PM   #81
PatrickGSR94
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
PatrickGSR94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Memphis TN area
Bikes: 2011 Felt Z85 (road/commuter), 2006 Marin Pine Mountain (utility), 1995 KHS Alite 1000 (gravel grinder)
Posts: 6,180
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 59 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by vol View Post
When I recall how I had to apply sticky sunblock lotion every time riding bike in hot summer days, winter cycling has another merit.
I never used any sunblock on commute rides in the summer. Even at just over an hour ride home I never did burn, just got some nice cyclist tan lines.

I definitely do use it on longer rides, and absolutely on most every ride I did while in Destin last August.
PatrickGSR94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-14, 03:56 PM   #82
vol
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 3,315
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
One more good thing about winter commute: headlight will not overheat
vol is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-14, 01:09 AM   #83
jeffpoulin
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 2,178
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
^^^

No bugs too.
jeffpoulin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-14, 02:16 AM   #84
acdronin
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: East Bay California
Bikes:
Posts: 58
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by vol View Post
One more good thing about winter commute: headlight will not overheat
Very true, oh and the reefer groceries you throw in your backpack stay nice and cold that last 15 miles home.
acdronin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-14, 02:17 AM   #85
acdronin
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: East Bay California
Bikes:
Posts: 58
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Can I ***** about the 32* wind chill riding at night in the Bay Area or is that just too goddamn cheeky for a newb?
acdronin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-14, 07:47 AM   #86
tsl
Plays in traffic
 
tsl's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
Posts: 6,955
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeffpoulin View Post
No bugs too.
That one always seems to surprise me every spring.
tsl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-14, 10:16 AM   #87
linus
Sprinter
 
linus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Bikes:
Posts: 1,068
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Plz do not use the words like "cold" or "winter" with places like Hawaii or FL.
linus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-14, 10:26 AM   #88
FBinNY 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
Posts: 30,002
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 379 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by linus View Post
Plz do not use the words like "cold" or "winter" with places like Hawaii or FL.
It's all relative. To someone who lives where it rarely drops below 59° (15C), near freezing temps feel cold indeed. Also remember that in tropical and sub tropical homes rarely have central heat, and people may not own coats, boots or any winter clothing.

If you follow the news, it's not Alberta, Minnesota, or New York where pipes are freezing and bursting, it's places like Houston, where building codes don't factor sub freezing conditions.
__________________
FB
Chain-L site

An ounce of diagnosis is worth a pound of cure.

“Never argue with an idiot. He will only bring you down to his level and beat you with experience.”, George Carlin

“One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions” - Adm Grace Murray Hopper - USN

WARNING, I'm from New York. Thin skinned people should maintain safe distance.
FBinNY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-14, 10:50 AM   #89
acdronin
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: East Bay California
Bikes:
Posts: 58
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
It's all relative. To someone who lives where it rarely drops below 59° (15C), near freezing temps feel cold indeed. Also remember that in tropical and sub tropical homes rarely have central heat, and people may not own coats, boots or any winter clothing.

If you follow the news, it's not Alberta, Minnesota, or New York where pipes are freezing and bursting, it's places like Houston, where building codes don't factor sub freezing conditions.
or 2 inches of snow in the ATL and the everything goes to hell
acdronin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-14, 08:17 PM   #90
loky1179
Senior Member
 
loky1179's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Bikes: 2x Bianchi, 2x Specialized, 3x Schwinns
Posts: 946
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 50 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by acdronin View Post
or 2 inches of snow in the ATL and the everything goes to hell
That looked like a scene from "The Walking Dead"!
loky1179 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-14, 08:42 PM   #91
Motolegs
Senior Member
 
Motolegs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Southern Colorado
Bikes: General 80's MTB "Icebreaker", Motobecane Grand Jubilee (vintage mint), Trek 1.1, 2014 Motobecane Mirage (steel) Trek 3500 MTB
Posts: 405
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by acdronin View Post
Can I ***** about the 32* wind chill riding at night in the Bay Area or is that just too goddamn cheeky for a newb?

How bout 20 degrees with four inches of snow on the ground? Wanna change places?
Motolegs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-14, 11:57 PM   #92
byrd48
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Atlanta, GA
Bikes: Batavus Course Specialized HardRock x2 Trek 700 MultiTrack 1991 Trek 950 SingleTrack
Posts: 274
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Two things you may consider, even though you might only use them a couple times per year: pogies for the handlebars (presuming you have flat bars, not drops) and shoe covers (I've heard good things about the Pearl Izumi Barriers).
byrd48 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-14, 12:17 AM   #93
acdronin
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: East Bay California
Bikes:
Posts: 58
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Don't do snow, ok, you win
acdronin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-14, 10:06 AM   #94
PatrickGSR94
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
PatrickGSR94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Memphis TN area
Bikes: 2011 Felt Z85 (road/commuter), 2006 Marin Pine Mountain (utility), 1995 KHS Alite 1000 (gravel grinder)
Posts: 6,180
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 59 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by linus View Post
Plz do not use the words like "cold" or "winter" with places like Hawaii or FL.
The FL panhandle (Destin, Panama City etc.) was having freezing rain and sleet last week. That is just totally wrong.
PatrickGSR94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-14, 06:00 AM   #95
downwinded
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: WKY
Bikes: 2014 Trek Crossrip LTD, 2013 Raleigh Misceo
Posts: 668
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Like most everyone else, I'm sick of this. Compared to last year, I'm 6 days behind on my bike commuting days.

However, now I'm REALLY sick of it. My new Trek Crossrip LTD has arrived at the LBS! We struck a deal on a tire upgrade and are now waiting on those to arrive. Yesterday left us with 5+ inches of snow with a skim of sleet to finish it off. Tomorrow is supposed to bring a 1/4" of ice with more snow on Fri. & the weekend. Enough already!
downwinded is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-14, 10:03 AM   #96
PatrickGSR94
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
PatrickGSR94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Memphis TN area
Bikes: 2011 Felt Z85 (road/commuter), 2006 Marin Pine Mountain (utility), 1995 KHS Alite 1000 (gravel grinder)
Posts: 6,180
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 59 Post(s)
We had a super nice day in the 60's on Saturday, but I didn't get to ride at all with all the other stuff I had going on. Then yesterday was rain and freezing rain in the area, temps in the 20's and 30's all this week.

I swear I cannot get a break on the weather timing.
PatrickGSR94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-14, 01:17 PM   #97
RidingMatthew
Let's Ride!
 
RidingMatthew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Winston Salem, NC USA
Bikes: --2010 Jamis 650b1-- 2012 Motobecane Fantom CX--2016 Cervelo R2
Posts: 1,629
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by downwinded View Post
My new Trek Crossrip LTD has arrived at the LBS!
awesome i was looking at that bike this past saturday while at the bike shop with my son. I was dropping off my commuter for some winter TLC
RidingMatthew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-14, 06:08 PM   #98
irwin7638
Senior Member
 
irwin7638's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Kalamazoo, Mi.
Bikes: Byron,Sam, The Hunq and that Old Guy
Posts: 2,878
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
I'm trying to be patient. I've lived in the Midwest all but 4 or 5 years of my life and have never seen anything like this past January: 48" of snow and two separate weeks with wind chills approaching -35. I still managed to get out most days, and I am not thinking of an indoor trainer, perhaps some Nokian Extreme tires, but not an indoor trainer. For once February may seem to be a relief.

Marc
irwin7638 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-14, 06:38 PM   #99
walrus1
Senior Member
 
walrus1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: NYC
Bikes: Schwinn World Sport Jamis Ventura
Posts: 477
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Well it's not as cold as it's been but we got a fair bit of snow again. I'm hoping that the temperature goes above freezing tomorrow and it all begins to melt by Wednesday.
walrus1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-14, 06:43 PM   #100
FBinNY 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
Posts: 30,002
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 379 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by walrus1 View Post
Well it's not as cold as it's been but we got a fair bit of snow again. I'm hoping that the temperature goes above freezing tomorrow and it all begins to melt by Wednesday.
Not quite, more coming Wednesday. Then again (maybe) this weekend. New York is a winter wonderland
__________________
FB
Chain-L site

An ounce of diagnosis is worth a pound of cure.

“Never argue with an idiot. He will only bring you down to his level and beat you with experience.”, George Carlin

“One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions” - Adm Grace Murray Hopper - USN

WARNING, I'm from New York. Thin skinned people should maintain safe distance.
FBinNY is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:47 PM.