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    Fog

    Who is as sick of the freezing *&^%$#@ fog as I am? I never in my life thought I would be wishing for the rain but by golly I sure am now. Icy roads, stupid drivers, glasses fogging up and freezing. I stopped riding over a week ago. maybe I can start back later in the week. Ok I feel better now. I guess I should clarify the fog here in Pugetropolis
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    Aye, it is a new kind of weather devil. One for which I had not prepared. Have not whipped out the balaclava yet. I just pull over and warm my face and throat with my hands, possibly giving drivers the impression that I am attempting a roadside suicide ala self strangulation. Those bikers...

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    Pretty much sucks. We've been stuck between 18 and 23 degrees. I got out one day in the fog when it lifted a little but it was mighty cold.
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    That freezing fog is just everywhere. Ugh! I don't really trust our motorists when the road is bare. Forget about it when the ice is on. I'm down to errands and essential riding only, barely 100 miles per week.

    On the bright side, I am getting more time on my ancient rollers.

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    Man I hear you guys about this fog,its ridiculous.

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    Hasn't been super bad here in Portland, except in the mornings. Thankfully I don't need to get out of the house early on most days. Looks like the rain will be returning Tuesday/Wednesday...
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    And another thing- pollution soup! Car exhaust, road work, anything diesel, people's fireplaces...blagh -- nowhere for it to go but into the cold earthbound swill. It is like Phoenix's dust bowl only soggy. A terrarium of carbon monoxide. OK I am done.

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    It's an inversion, you need to go to the mountains, or to the coast to find sunny and much warmer days. Here is the temperature map from Sunday, check out how nice it was just a few miles from town. On Sunday I drove 20 miles from Eugene and rode in the sun and temps 25 degrees warmer. Gotta do what you gotta do.

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    I live high enough in the coast range that it's been sunny at my house for the past two days. It probably is today, as it was clear when I left the house, but I'm working in Salem today.

    I don't really like cold fog, but I'll take it over rain any time.

    The pollution isn't bad enough to bug me. I ran 5 miles in it last week, and expect to do so again today since I overslept and didn't get up in time to bicycle. :-( Maybe there are advantages to growing up in a house with two smoking parents, and running cross country in valley filled with field burning smoke. This was back in the late 70s/early 80s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stringbreaker View Post
    Who is as sick of the freezing *&^%$#@ fog as I am?
    I'm not. Every chance I get, I go up into the mountains. This past weekend it was sunny and in the 60s F at Snoqualmie Pass.

    I went snowshoeing at Kachess Lake on Saturday:


    And I enjoyed some star gazing at Gold Creek on Sunday. I benighted myself on the trail for this shot:


    It's supposed to rain tonight, though.
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    One of the reason why I finally got PRK-Lasik surgery was because where I ride we get a lot of coastal fog.

    I just got tired of my glasses fogging up and not being able to see a darned thing.

    Riding in the fog is always dangerous, but now it will be less so. (I hope!)
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    Inversion indeed. I have lived here long enough to know air inversion is pretty normal for this time of year but we usually don't experience it for the better part of 3 weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
    One of the reason why I finally got PRK-Lasik surgery was because where I ride we get a lot of coastal fog.

    I just got tired of my glasses fogging up and not being able to see a darned thing.

    Riding in the fog is always dangerous, but now it will be less so. (I hope!)
    Yes, had no-touch laser surgery done 10 years ago. Worth every penny, especially on pea-soup fog days, where the Oakleys get put into the helmet air scoops and I enjoy unobstructed vision with nature's windshield wipers. I think it's way safer riding my bike to work than trying to drive.

    I was driving on I-5 between Vancouver & Olympia over the weekend. There are some stretches where you overdrive the headlights in the thick fog, and your biggest fear is slamming head-on into an unlit vehicle stopped in the lane! On a bike the most dangerous hazard would be some idiot rider without lights coming at you on the MUP. I really think riders without lights at night in this fog are totally irresponsible!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    I'm not. Every chance I get, I go up into the mountains. This past weekend it was sunny and in the 60s F at Snoqualmie Pass.

    I went snowshoeing at Kachess Lake on Saturday:


    And I enjoyed some star gazing at Gold Creek on Sunday. I benighted myself on the trail for this shot:


    It's supposed to rain tonight, though.
    Forrest will you ever stop being my hero? Step aside and give someone else a chance :-p

    Yes, look at what awaits us, above the fog (this is a beautiful picture story):

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    Those photos are amazing, Percy Kittens! Thanks for sharing them. I've just forwarded the link to a bunch of people who'll enjoy it.
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    I was up in the mountains last weekend as well. It must have been 60 or so and I took my shirt off and did some sunbathing. My wife did the entire hike in a tank top, crazy for january.
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    Quote Originally Posted by percy kittens View Post
    Forrest will you ever stop being my hero?
    +1 Thanks for the great photos, again. I always check threads that you have replied to in hopes of one of these gifts.

    Now come back into the fog (okay, rain) and suffer with the rest of us.

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    Everybody should be happy now, it's raining. I commuted on Schwalbe Winter Marathons I got last summer on sale. They are slow and noisy but I didn't have too worry about icy patches on the Interurban. On Monday you could see the ice particles in the fog reflected in the headlight. Had to go without the glasses though.
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    I did 18 miles in the slop last night. Wasn't raining the whole time, it would drizzle a while and then stop, and then drizzle and stop. Anybody ride much in Seattle? I do this loop around Lake Union from Ballard, go down to Myrtle Edwards, and then follow the trail out past the train yard, take that road up toward Magnolia, and home across the Locks. I really don't like the Ballard Bridge, the bike way is about as wide as my handlebars, and a lot of the time there's some cyclist going the wrong way you have to squeeze by. I don't love the Locks, either, because you have to get off and walk your bike. But they're both better than not riding.
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    Three F's on this morning's commute for me: fog, fussy (child), and a flat = no fun. Really need to learn how to fix a flat myself ASAP.

    At least the temps are rising some though, and I don't think this fog will last a week.

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    It's pretty easy. Go buy a tire lever (about $0.50), a CO2 inflator and a few cartridges, and a tube. You pull half the tire off the rim, so that one end is between the walls, then pull the tube out, put the new tube back in (you can take it home and patch it later if you want, but don't wait on the side of the road for the glue to dry) and the tire on the wheel again.

    The most important part is to inspect the inside of the tire before you put the new tube in. A lot of the time a piece of broken glass or metal found its way in there, and popped your tube. If you just blindly put a new one in, it'll pop that, too!
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    Cool, thanks - I will give it a try tonight then.

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    South on the Columbia, it does burn off after a while .. dont have to share a downtown traffic grid
    with metal cage people that much , sidewalks on the 101/30 section through town ..

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