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Old 10-16-13, 08:24 AM   #1
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Winter is fast approaching -- what are your plans for the folder?

Many of you live in areas where it snows either a little or a lot. So what are your plans this year for your folder? Are you going to ride it in the snow hook or by crook, or are you going to fold it up and put it away in the closet until spring? I'm guessing that most of you are a hardy lot and will not allow difficult weather conditions to dampen your spirit -- am I right?
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My folder is the winter backup. As long as I keep it ready to roll, I can leave the studs on my Schwinn and decide on a daily basis whether to stud or not stud for work. Of course, the studs pretty much keep the snow away- in the three winters I`ve had them it`s snowed a total of about what every year used to bring back when I was unarmed
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My folder is the winter backup. As long as I keep it ready to roll, I can leave the studs on my Schwinn and decide on a daily basis whether to stud or not stud for work. Of course, the studs pretty much keep the snow away- in the three winters I`ve had them it`s snowed a total of about what every year used to bring back when I was unarmed
Man, that bike is a real stud
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For me once the snow hits my folder goes into a warm and dry basement. In Toronto they use SALT on the roads here and no salt will be touching my lovely bike! I'll be taking the bus until the snow melts. But last year it didn't snow until December up here so I rode all the way till then. -12C and was still riding with a ski shell, rather do that than hang around in a bus/subway.
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Old 10-16-13, 11:26 AM   #7
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For me once the snow hits my folder goes into a warm and dry basement. In Toronto they use SALT on the roads here and no salt will be touching my lovely bike! I'll be taking the bus until the snow melts. But last year it didn't snow until December up here so I rode all the way till then. -12C and was still riding with a ski shell, rather do that than hang around in a bus/subway.
Don't blame you. I see the cars that come here from your neck of the woods. Some look they have leprosy. Ever thought about getting an older clunker to ride during the winter and just hose it down if it's been through any salted roads?
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In Scotland it gets wet and windy in the winter. (Much like the summer actually.) A lot of the time its just cold and bright though. That can be brilliant cycling. So Mr Foldy will continue to be used except for the worst days.
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Last winter I rode the Mezzo in favour of my other bikes on days when it was icy or snowy because with no high lever cross bar you stand a slightly better chance of getting of the bike if it slides, assuming you are not travelling too fast.
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For me winter means, brighter/warmer clothing, lights, regular weekly wash downs of my Brompton and no riding when the temperature goes below 3oC or there is snow on the ground.

This usually equates to about 20-25 days of using the car for my daily commute.

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The fair/wet weather folder goes into storage and the winter folder comes into play.

I had a real blast cycling in the snow and ice last year, tbh honest I enjoyed it more than the 'good' weather. Less cyclists overall, back roads are generally completely empty, and although the riding wasn't especially hard going it does have at least the trace of adventure about it!
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The fair/wet weather folder goes into storage and the winter folder comes into play.

I had a real blast cycling in the snow and ice last year, tbh honest I enjoyed it more than the 'good' weather. Less cyclists overall, back roads are generally completely empty, and although the riding wasn't especially hard going it does have at least the trace of adventure about it!
You make it ALMOST appealing (brrrrr) for this desert rat. I do, though, like the idea of "generally completely empty". Years ago down here in AZ, that was the norm. Once you left the city the roads were all but empty. You could go for miles and miles and rarely see a car. Now, its like rush hour all day long. Years ago the population of the entire Phoenix area was under 1 million, now its around 5 million. They call it progress . At least I can remember how great it was . Now on top of that add the huge influx of snow birds during our winter months errrrrr
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Our winters aren't too severe - the last ones have been colder, but even extreme cold here is maybe -4F night and mornings, and 10F during the day. So almost certainly 'mild' weather for many winter cyclists here!

I think we get the Scottish weather a day after they have it, the nastiest type is moisture-laden winds just above freezing. Those can really grind you down.

Last winter I the coldest I knowingly cycled in was 10F, not really too onerous but fun - I plan to 'go colder' this year.
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Don't blame you. I see the cars that come here from your neck of the woods. Some look they have leprosy. Ever thought about getting an older clunker to ride during the winter and just hose it down if it's been through any salted roads?
I'd rather not cause it's pretty messy out there once there's snow on the ground i'd have to bring a change of pants also. and with the crappy shovelling those trucks do your road is easily 2 feet narrower on each side of the road during winter which pushes you more into the car lanes.

Bike don't really take much of a priority uptown and any bike lanes or paths if any are never maintained during winter months.
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. . . with the crappy shovelling those trucks do your road is easily 2 feet narrower on each side of the road during winter which pushes you more into the car lanes.

Bike don't really take much of a priority uptown and any bike lanes or paths if any are never maintained during winter months.
That pretty well eliminates the bike lanes then. Boy, I don't know, all that would make me depressed. No offense, but not being able to get out like I can here would drive me to drink. Hmmm, maybe that's not so bad . Is that why Canadians love their beer so much? I do like your beer though. The last time I remember drinking Canadian suds was a "Moosehead Lager". I remember it tasting great -- and strong, ahhhh!

By the way, do they maintain some of the off road bike-paths like around your Center Islands, boardwalks and parks? At least you could get in a few rides?
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Does any municipality, anywhere in the world, actually clear cycle paths properly (I imagine perhaps the Netherlands, but I'd love to hear of more)?
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The Disc Brake Bike Friday pocket Llama with its R'off , & dyno hub, is great in the winter..

[Snow at sealevel is rare on the NW Oregon coast , we get some, here, occasionally, as cold air masses
can be pushed west, thru the Columbia Gorge, if the weather system is facilitating it. ]
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We get snow, but most days the roads are clear. So as long as I can stand the cold, I'll keep commuting sporadically on the Birdy.

I am considering locking a beater bike up overnight at my work-end bus stop, one with studded tires, which would cut down on Birdy use but keep me on a bike.
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We get snow, but most days the roads are clear. So as long as I can stand the cold, I'll keep commuting sporadically on the Birdy.

I am considering locking a beater bike up overnight at my work-end bus stop, one with studded tires, which would cut down on Birdy use but keep me on a bike.
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Does any municipality, anywhere in the world, actually clear cycle paths properly (I imagine perhaps the Netherlands, but I'd love to hear of more)?
My friend who lives in Finland tells me that in the winter the paths through the parks in Helsinki are cleared of snow, although it doesn't always get done until his commute home at the end of the day.
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That is the best advert I've seen for a Brompton! Love the fold and the convenience of it.
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Hi Folks!

love this thread!

But I have to say that it is making me a bit nervous. I use my folder to ride to a train, commute to another city, then use the folder (and other bikes stored there) for transportation - all of this in the midwest.

I was hoping to read all kinds of stuff like what one comes across in the winter forum about how it is not bad at all in the winter, it is exciting, challenging, interesting adventure, and so on.

Any hardcore year-around folder users out there? C'mon! let's hear some tough stuff!! I could use the encouragement right about now.

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Hi Folks!

love this thread!

But I have to say that it is making me a bit nervous. I use my folder to ride to a train, commute to another city, then use the folder (and other bikes stored there) for transportation - all of this in the midwest.

I was hoping to read all kinds of stuff like what one comes across in the winter forum about how it is not bad at all in the winter, it is exciting, challenging, interesting adventure, and so on.

Any hardcore year-around folder users out there? C'mon! let's hear some touch stuff!! I could use the encouragement right about now.
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I am sure thats really useful information smallwheeler, please translate for those of us not fluent in hyroglifics.
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I am sure thats really useful information smallwheeler, please translate for those of us not fluent in hyroglifics.
"Let's hear some tough stuff", related by Blopslee. I think smallwheeler is referring to Bruce Lee in his version of hieroglyphics.
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