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    Hardcore Bikers

    I give up, these people win hands down. Whats a little snow when you feel like riding your bike anyway? (Somewhere in Europe according to picture caption, maybe Amsterdam Netherlands?) Recent photo.

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    Agrrrreeed.

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    That's probably an average winter commute for Cranky and TSL.

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    When that type of weather is the norm and you are carless what else are you to do? Life must go on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doctor j View Post
    That's probably an average winter commute for Cranky and TSL.
    Just about. We don't have to worry about streetcar tracks, though.
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    They can't be too hardcore. All of them ride girl's bikes.
    Bunch of wusses if you ask me.

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    It's really simple -- bikes, properly set up, go better in snow than cars do.
    As far as I'm concerned, the real hardcore heroes are the motorists. They first dig out their cars and driveways and then sit idling, stuck in traffic as the salt rusts out their rocker panels. You guys who drive in those conditions -- how do you do it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulH View Post
    You guys who drive in those conditions -- how do you do it?

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    Bikes do not work on Ice- Deep snow or slush and they show how much they do not want to work by lying down---Frequently.

    Should think these two were either out for the weekend shop- or they did not realise how bad the weather was going to be. Whatever it was- I bet they did not stay out long.
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    Looks to me like they're discussing getting on that train...or any train.

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    Yeah, but you notice they are not actually riding. They probably rode to work in the morning not expecting the dumping that came through before they had to head for home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulH View Post
    It's really simple -- bikes, properly set up, go better in snow than cars do.
    As far as I'm concerned, the real hardcore heroes are the motorists...?
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    Ah, man, I wish I still felt this way...when did I get so soft?
    I moved from Southern Calif to Reno 30 years ago and saw both snow and sub-45 degree temps literally for the first time in my life. I was in my 30s and had never seen ice on a puddle or owned a windshield scraper. After a couple of years of hesitation, I finally bought some clothes (warmest garment I'd ever owned was a hooded sweatshirt) and started riding in winter. I loved passing the cars while they sat in traffic or spun their tires, and for about 15 years I rode year-round.
    Then, I dunno, something happened. We don't get heavy snow very often, and it usually gets cleared off the roads within a couple of days. Temps can go below zero but much more commonly hang in the 20s, which is fine for riding. Lately, though, even when I'm just running half a mile down to the store for nutmeg, I look away from the bike and head straight for the car....

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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
    Bikes do not work on Ice- Deep snow or slush and they show how much they do not want to work by lying down---Frequently.

    Should think these two were either out for the weekend shop- or they did not realise how bad the weather was going to be. Whatever it was- I bet they did not stay out long.
    Bikes do work on ice... with these.



    And parking is so easy...




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    Winter Cycling Forum

    These people are freaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
    Bikes do not work on Ice- Deep snow or slush and they show how much they do not want to work by lying down---Frequently.

    Should think these two were either out for the weekend shop- or they did not realise how bad the weather was going to be. Whatever it was- I bet they did not stay out long.
    From their clothing, it doesn't look like they were too surprised by the weather.
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    Here ya go.



    Ready to go ice biking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiffyjam View Post
    (Somewhere in Europe according to picture caption, maybe Amsterdam Netherlands?) Recent photo.
    Amsterdam is correct. They've been having a lot of snow and cold weather this year.
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    I don't do a lot of snow rides, but that pic reminds me of a few New Year's rides I've done. Lots of fun, with the right clothing.

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    For what ever reason they are out there, I am glad it's them and not me.
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    Looks like the guy just came off the road on the left and she is wondering if she should try it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sknhgy View Post
    They can't be too hardcore. All of them ride girl's bikes.
    Bunch of wusses if you ask me.
    Could they actually be GIRLS !!!! Can't tell from the picture.
    Made it this far so I am going for broke. Living life to its fullest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sknhgy View Post
    They can't be too hardcore. All of them ride girl's bikes.
    Bunch of wusses if you ask me.


    I'm thinking that the Step Thru frame is the way to go when the snow is in the way. They make for easy mounts and dismounts, especially when some of the dismounts are 'unplanned'.

    I've got a Schwinn trike wth 24" wheels that may resolve a lot of the 'tipping over' issues associated with snow commuting. I hope to get a chance to try it out sometime soon.

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