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Old 12-05-07, 04:05 PM   #1
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It happened again...

Today we got our first snow. A car free/ bike free person who doesn't know many bikers made the comment "I imagine you don't ride your bike; in snow or icy conditions..".
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Old 12-05-07, 06:02 PM   #2
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Dude, what're you talking about?! I NEVER ride when it goes below 50, or if it's cloudy.
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Old 12-05-07, 06:35 PM   #3
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They just don't know, when they see you riding they'll get it.
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Old 12-05-07, 10:39 PM   #4
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"I imagine you don't ride your bike; in snow or icy conditions..".
Reply: Wow! With an imagination like that, do you see lots of pink elephants or giant rabbits too?
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Old 12-05-07, 11:32 PM   #5
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Having grown up in Florida and California I had my trepidations about ice and snow. Arkansas cured me.

Last winter I discovered that my bicycle was more stable in the snow than your average car. And if I lost traction going up a hill, I could get off and walk.
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Old 12-06-07, 06:38 AM   #6
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I have to admit that I've been too chicken to ride when it gets snowy / icy. Last winter I crashed on an icy patch of a MUP and now whenever I think about riding when the temps are below freezing, I have visions of coming down on the street underneath a truck or something. I need to check out the winter cycling forum for inspiration, tips, and courage, but in the meantime, I'm doing a lot of bus-riding and walking.
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Having grown up in Florida and California I had my trepidations about ice and snow. Arkansas cured me.
Yeah, I learned to bike in Hawaii and solidified my skills in Florida. It took a while to get me out in snow and ice. This morning there were some sections of my commute slick with ice and heavy traffic, I just rode slowly and took the lane. The car drivers seem more polite to me when it is icy.
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Dude, what're you talking about?! I NEVER ride when it goes below 50, or if it's cloudy.
i never go outside unless it's between 67.3 and 67.6 degrees.
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Last winter I discovered that my bicycle was more stable in the snow than your average car. And if I lost traction going up a hill, I could get off and walk.
What do you mean by "more stable", exactly? A bike isn't more stable than a car at all - if you get off of it, it falls over. Do you mean it's more controllable?
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Today we got our first snow. A car free/ bike free person who doesn't know many bikers made the comment "I imagine you don't ride your bike; in snow or icy conditions..".
I know what you mean. We seem to fly totally under the radar, because people mostly see exactly what they expect to see.

Recently I was talking to a co-worker who's seen me on my bike, in the snow, many times over the past 5 years. She asked me, "You don't ride your bike to work in the winter do you?" I had to remind her that I once propped my bike against her truck while I helped her clear the ice off the windshield.
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i never go outside unless it's between 67.3 and 67.6 degrees.
Excellent idea. Just think of all the oil we'd save if everyone did precisely the same thing.
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