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  1. Thread: Bar Mitts

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    Just to emphasize a couple of points already...

    Just to emphasize a couple of points already mentioned for the drop-down version. They do limit your hand positions, they are designed so that you are on the hoods, and you can put your hands where...
  2. Thread: Bar Mitts

    by Engineer
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    I got them last year, I wouldn't be able to make...

    I got them last year, I wouldn't be able to make it through winter without them. I tried several different gloves, but the really warm ones were so thick that it was hard to maneuver, now I can wear...
  3. Thread: C-o-l-d!!!

    by Engineer
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    While I know it is going to get cold here, it...

    While I know it is going to get cold here, it would be nice if it slowly came on. It seemed like it went from the 50s F down to the teens in a week. What happened to fall?
  4. Thread: Headwear

    by Engineer
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    I use a Bern helmet with a winter kit down to 40...

    I use a Bern helmet with a winter kit down to 40 F. Add a balaclava after that.
  5. I also shower before I leave home on all but the...

    I also shower before I leave home on all but the hottest and most humid days in summer. For fall and winter I dress fairly light on the upperbody so that I really don't sweat all that much.
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    When I have to drive, I don't feel guilt, usually...

    When I have to drive, I don't feel guilt, usually I am frustrated by the traffic, construction and poor driving skills of other drivers. When I do see someone on a bike, I feel jealous, as they are...
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    Milwaukee

    I am a little north of Chicago, but the weather is similar. I rode through the winter last year for the first time and I learned a lot!

    I used a Bern Watts helmet with a winter kit. Once it...
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    I don't carry a spare key, but after this story,...

    I don't carry a spare key, but after this story, I am thinking about it. All I have to do is find it!
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    I live on the west side of Milwaukee and commute...

    I live on the west side of Milwaukee and commute downtown. I only see a one or two other commuters on my way into work, but I think that is due to the fact that less people are going in opposite...
  10. Thread: Mirrors

    by Engineer
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    I once wore the Bell Metro helmet which had all...

    I once wore the Bell Metro helmet which had all kinds of great accessories, one of which was a mirror. I have to say that I loved that thing although it was a bit fragile. I had two, when the first...
  11. Thread: Record Lows

    by Engineer
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    This is the first winter I am trying to ride...

    This is the first winter I am trying to ride through. It also has been one of the coldest and snowiest Decembers around here in quite a while, but thanks to new tires I am able to get through it. ...
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    Congratulations on the new low! I too have been...

    Congratulations on the new low! I too have been pushing my limits this year, so far I have ridden in 0 F on my short commute. I find I am usually overdressed once I get moving.
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    I also have a Bern Watts helmet with what they...

    I also have a Bern Watts helmet with what they call a winter kit.

    http://bernunlimited.com/shop/snow/men/watts.html

    It keeps me warm down to the 40's F. Below that I add a balaclava...
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    It was a beautiful day for a ride. After a...

    It was a beautiful day for a ride. After a couple of days of 20's weather, the 40's seemed balmy. Tailwind in the morning and in the face on the way home, but I don't mind, I have more motivation...
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    Crisp sunny 22 F with a tailwind in the morning,...

    Crisp sunny 22 F with a tailwind in the morning, had to use sun glasses for first time in a week.
    Dark but a little warmer in the evening with wind in the face.
    I did dress for the weather so I...
  16. I bought a Bern Watts helmet earlier this year...

    I bought a Bern Watts helmet earlier this year because I liked the winter earmuffs that you can snap into it. However, the brim on this helmet is very low and right above my glasses so the rain...
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    Very sorry to hear about your accident, hope you...

    Very sorry to hear about your accident, hope you recover soon.

    This sounds like a fluke due to the amount of rain, which you said is not normal, but I am sure you will be ready next time, or avoid...
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    I ride on the street, sidewalks, alleys, bike...

    I ride on the street, sidewalks, alleys, bike trails, driveways, parkways and dirt trails, across grass and gravel, through parking lots and small bodies of water on occasion, whatever makes the most...
  19. As someone else said, you have to ride what you...

    As someone else said, you have to ride what you got. I rode an aluminum road bike for years as my commuter. Eventually I bought a dedicated commuter bike, but ended only using it on rainy days, the...
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    If your shop does not listen to what you want...

    If your shop does not listen to what you want that is a reason not to buy from them. I would think you city is large enough to have at least one shop that would listen to what the costumer wants.
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    I really hope you feel better soon. Did your...

    I really hope you feel better soon.

    Did your helmet help? Just wondering as I keep telling people I have been wearing a helmet for 20 years but haven't used it yet!
  22. First off if you are feeling scrunched, you...

    First off if you are feeling scrunched, you should really look at getting your bike fitted. There are plenty of websites that will give you their method which may or may not work for you. You even...
  23. I have a bike with an 8 speed internal geared...

    I have a bike with an 8 speed internal geared hubs and it shifts very easily when stopped or moving, it has to be the easiest way to shift. However, downside is they add a lot of weight, three...
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    Good on you for getting started and doing it the...

    Good on you for getting started and doing it the second day as well. As other people mentioned it gets easier the more you do it, and you know your addicted when you miss commuting on vacation days....
  25. I kept going last year until my cables started to...

    I kept going last year until my cables started to freeze up. So pretty much stopped when it got below 30F. LBS suggested teflon cables so hopefully that won't happen this year. The only thing that...
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