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Old 12-14-08, 05:01 PM   #1
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So, whos riding today?

Brrrrr!!!! -3 (approx) with the windchill. Think I will stay indoors today and maybe get a few miles in on the trainer. Whats the weather outlook in your area and do ya have any plans?
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3:30 in the afternoon, it's 29 degrees with a 16 MPH wind from the East. I'm working in my shop today. I think I'll probably miss the commute tomorrow, and for at least a few days. Ice on the road and (more importantly to me) on the trail make for a very poor ride without studded tires.
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I got in about 6 miles just to see how my CX bike handles the snowy stuff. I forgot the adage about removing fenders for snow, and created my own "snow brakes" between the fenders and tires. Other than that the knobbies handled the snow very well, even on a pretty big hill with about 200 vert ft of elev gain. When I got home I hit the treadmill for a real workout, riding in the snow was just an excursion.

It was fun passing a couple of stuck vehicles on the hill though.







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Old 12-14-08, 06:31 PM   #4
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I just got home from work(waiting tables). Snow falling, 27deg.F., and I had one too many layers on and got kinda toasty. Roads are just wet; nothing really troublesome.
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3:30 in the afternoon, it's 29 degrees with a 16 MPH wind from the East. I'm working in my shop today. I think I'll probably miss the commute tomorrow, and for at least a few days. Ice on the road and (more importantly to me) on the trail make for a very poor ride without studded tires.
I wandered out for a look see around 2.00 pm, and encountered fools on ATVS doing donuts on the street.

Headed back home, and stayed out of their way.

The side roads on the East Hill are nasty/icy.

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I got about a mile from home and turned back because of black ice. I was well bundled up and was really comfortable, but just too many patches of (hard to see) ice for me to be comfortable, and I have to take a big descent after a couple of miles to get out of my neighborhood.

Hope to commute tomorrow and Tuesday, though.

Everyone be careful out there.
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Anyone happen to ride the Sammamish River Trail between Woodinville and Redmond or the 520 trail from Redmond into Bellevue? What kind of shape are they in?

I am trying to decide if I will ride into work tomorrow or give it a rest until the black ice goes away (which could be a week or more).
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Old 12-14-08, 07:11 PM   #8
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I rode on the snoqualmie valley/iron horse trails this morning. Some serious headwinds and cold temps. Wimped out and cut the ride short - frozen ears and toes after an hour of riding.
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Woodway,

I just got back from a 25 miler, and I rode the SRT from Wilmot Gateway park in Woodinville down to 116th St. The MUP is bone dry and totally clear, as are most of the roads in Redmond.

I started up on Redmond Ridge, and the snow/ice was shallow but complete boilerplate on the side roads. Trilogy parkway, 133rd, and all the side roads heading out to Woodinville along the Ridge were still icy. Everything in Woodinville and Redmond coming back home was totally clear.

Where are you starting from in Woodinville? The snow/ice seemed to dissappear about halfway down Woodinville-Duvall Rd at 175th.
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I rode on the snoqualmie valley/iron horse trails this morning. Some serious headwinds and cold temps. Wimped out and cut the ride short - frozen ears and toes after an hour of riding.
I was wanting to do Duvall to Tokul and back, but decided against it due to the winds. Too many brittle maples/rotted alders. I'll do it in the next few days.
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It was effin' icy this morning! but I rode with studs. i mean studded tires.
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Go figure, the snow didn't reach up to Eugene. At mid-day it was 40 degrees and the sun was in and out all afternoon. There were a few riders out, but not me, I had to shop for a holiday tree.
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Old 12-14-08, 10:03 PM   #13
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Wickedly icy up on the plateau today, went for a walk and nearly bounced on my butt several tiimes- solid sheet ice everywhere. Snow I can ride in, not hard ice like this. No studs, and have had my allotment of crashes this year already, so I await either more snow or clear pavement before I'll ride again.
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Studs were a necessity on today's ride, and I'll be glad to have them the next couple weeks from the sounds of things. It's supposed to stay cold for a while and maybe dump more snow.

Hopefully Woodinville Cycle gets my Marathon Winters in quickly, so I can swap out my Innova chump-o tires with the steel studs that are mostly worn down and misaligned and partly falling out.
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Old 12-15-08, 09:53 AM   #15
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Clifton - thanks for the RR. I live between Woodinville and Maltby and my normal route is down 156th to Woodinville-Duvall to 175th and then onto the SRT. I drove into work this morning, and that section of my commute is just too icy/dangerous to be on a bike. Even if I had studded tires, I would worry about the cars sliding around and flattening me. So the plan for tomorrow is to drive my bike down into Woodinville, park and do my normal work commute from there.
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Monday morning update:

I just got into downtown Seattle from the Eastside.

Beautiful ride - I'll take clear and 20 degrees over rainy and 35 degrees any day.

However, I saw only 1 other rider today...I think that's the fewest I've ever seen (and that was a lightly dressed guy on a fixie; maybe he was just heading home after a long night?).

Some patches of ice in my neighborhood. I90 bridge bike path between Mercer Island and Seattle has a fair amount of ice near the Mercer Island side. The water that normally collects on the south side of the path (next to the concrete barrier separate the path from the road) has frozen over...it's covering half the path for a couple of hundred yards. Also some icy patches in the I90 bike path as it goes through the parks just west of the Mt. Baker tunnel. Finally, looks like there were some sledders out in the park yesterday and they have dragged a lot of gravel onto the path - you might miss that in the dark.

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This morning was chill-EEE!
Wool base layer, fleece vest, then the long-sleeve jersey over top of it all.
Fleece knickers and Gavia Plus tights, wool socks, fleece-lined booties.
Gloves and liners, balaclava, ski goggles.

The studded tires did their job keeping me rubber-side-down, although my speed dropped from 16mph average to 12mph.
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Old 12-15-08, 11:35 AM   #18
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Dude youre da man! I'm gonna have to see whats under the tree for me, my performance and nashbar catalogs had tons of stuff for winter circled in them! Till then, Its colder than yesterday and its my hunnys birthday. Heading home from work now, (got laid-off for Christmas and new years) think I'll stay in with Jen today.

Be safe!
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I didn't ride this morning. Didn't know what condition the streets were like in Seattle (Everetts sucked)
I will try tomorrow at least for getting me on an earlier bus to Everett going home.
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thx for the report! i held off on the commute today, scared of an icy i-90 trail.

are you on regular (non-studded) tires?

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Monday morning update:

I just got into downtown Seattle from the Eastside.

Beautiful ride - I'll take clear and 20 degrees over rainy and 35 degrees any day.

However, I saw only 1 other rider today...I think that's the fewest I've ever seen (and that was a lightly dressed guy on a fixie; maybe he was just heading home after a long night?).
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btw, kudos to everyone who rode today!!
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West Seattle was iced in this morning. The neighborhoods were in terrible condition, ice inches thick. I couldn't even get down my alley to the street, let alone the arterial. The arterial wasn't even clear. There was black ice in patches and the only "clear" pavement was on the car tread path in places. It got worse on another arterial that's less travelled and another part of my bike commute. It was the bus for me today. I didn't see one bicyclist this morning. Hopefully this sun will melt the ice today so the roads are clear tomorrow. Then we'll see what happens on Wednesday/Thursday.

I did ride around a bit yesterday on my mountain bike - with my nubby tires a bit deflated and that was FUN! Stayed off the main roads due to hills+bad driving. Only had problems when trying to get up steep stretches of hillside.
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I rode my usual 18 mile commute from Lake Stevens to Everett this morning. Depending on how much sun they got yesterday, roads varied from almost clear to icy to 2" of crunchy snow. My studded Marathon Winters kept me upright, but even they got squirrelly in some places.

Riding the half-mile stretch of the US 2 bike path over the Snohomish River into Everett, I was surprised to see that I was the first person laying down a bike tire trail through the 2" of snow since it fell on Saturday (there were several sets of footprints, though).
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I got to Yakima for work today - 14 degrees and the wind had to have been blowing close to 20 mph. Top it off with snow coming down sidways and I was none to happy to head home to the warmth of my shop, trainer and Tour de France videos.
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Update on I-90 bike path (Seattle).

I got a better look at the ice patches on the way home (from downtown Seattle back out to Mercer Island). Current Monday-evening status:

- There are small, intermittent patches of ice along the concrete barrier (the south edge of the path) all the way across. As long as you spot the ice or ride at least 2 feet from the edge of the barrier, no problem.

- There is a short stretch of more troublesome ice right up at the Mercer Island side (after you've climbed up from the lake surface to the actual beginning of Mercer Island). The ice stretches 90% of the way across the bike path, and last about 40 or 50 feet. The ice is rough, and didn't appear to be super-click. Just slow down and take it easy; you'll be OK.

Chilly out there over the lake...
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