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Old 12-30-08, 07:57 AM   #1
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The Days Are Getting Longer!

I notice the days are starting to get longer. I have time to notice this because its been so stinking cold here that there is not much else to do... Hope spring eternal and spring is just around the corner!

This also means that the bike forums will probably get less interesting and more mundane as spring time cycling takes up the members time.
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Old 12-30-08, 08:26 AM   #2
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You are so optimistic! We're only 9 days into Winter! Build a Snowman, go snow shoeing, ride your bike in the snow, ....whatever you do, get out and enjoy the snow and the cold!!!! That's the best way to make it go by quickly so we can get back to leisurely rides in shorts and "T"s. Yep, if we pretend to enjoy the winter and it'll pass quickly just to spite us.

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You have a great winter spirit cranky old dude! And you live in NY where you experience the "real" winter weather. I couldn't stand the winters in MO, so I moved to SoCal. But I'm such a winter-wuss that now even the 45 deg.F lows here in SoCal are too cold for me.

Still, I dress up in lots of wool stuff and go out for a ride. I keep thinking, "In NY, MN, WI, etc. it's lots worse than this, and dedicated cylclists are still out there riding!"

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The weather here has been spectacularly good, even a bit too warm. Clear, sunny, warm, no wind - a cyclist's dream. I'm not a big fan of riding in the dark, so the only real trouble has been the early dusk. I'd encourage all of you northlanders to head to Florida for vacation.
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I notice the days are starting to get longer. .
I'm noticing the same thing with the hills around here.
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The weather here has been spectacularly good, even a bit too warm. Clear, sunny, warm, no wind - a cyclist's dream. I'm not a big fan of riding in the dark, so the only real trouble has been the early dusk. I'd encourage all of you northlanders to head to Florida for vacation.
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The days may be getting longer, but my life-span is getting shorter.

Is there some way I can balance the two?
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Old 12-30-08, 01:13 PM   #8
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Sunsets started getting later 20 days ago.
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Sunsets started getting later 20 days ago.
This I have noted as due to clear skies and cold frosty weather- I have been able to walk round the garden most nights when I get home. Mind you- It is still datk at 6.30 am when I leave for work.
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This I have noted as due to clear skies and cold frosty weather- I have been able to walk round the garden most nights when I get home. Mind you- It is still datk at 6.30 am when I leave for work.
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I notice the days are starting to get longer. I have time to notice this because its been so stinking cold here that there is not much else to do... Hope spring eternal and spring is just around the corner!

This also means that the bike forums will probably get less interesting and more mundane as spring time cycling takes up the members time.
Winter Solstice. Around December 20 when the days begin to get longer, even though its going to take a while. In Christian tradition, Dec 25 is Christmas when Christ was born to bring light into the world. Thus the days start to get longer. This works for Northern Hemisphere, but is the opposite for Southern Hemi.
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The weather here has been dreary and dull and thats the forecast for the next two months dreary and dull oh yeah and wet. I HATE this time of year it gets dark here by 4:30pm and really doesn't get full daylight till around 9:00 am I think I'll take the wife and go south sometime next month
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Tonight's sunset is 10 minutes later than it was on December 9th.

But sunrises continue to get later until around Jan 3rd, after which they will slowly begin to occur earlier.
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M-Max - Strap on the bike, get in the car, and head on down. The hotels are cheap and the beach and sun are free. I'm right off I-95 and I'd be glad to show you a few good routes. Based on what I hear about the weather up north at present, I can imagine no better way to spend a week in January.
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Aw come on people, get your heads.....back together,
Aw come on people, get your heads.....back together,
Aw come on people, get your heads.....back together,
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Lots of points for anyone who gets the reference without googling it.
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There getting shorter here!
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Lots of points for anyone who gets the reference without googling it.
What can your points be used for?
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Our Solstice fire worked! I knew the sun would come back if we just made a fire on the darkest day, December 21...
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