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    I live in a place where having a dedicated winter...

    I live in a place where having a dedicated winter bike, with studded tyres, makes perfect sense.
  2. The bike shop does not expect it's staff to...

    The bike shop does not expect it's staff to volunteer their time, hence the $15.00 charge.

    Most shops will not loan / rent tools so the fact they would was rather impressive, especially if it was...
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    Sleep is like death, but without the commitment.

    Sleep is like death, but without the commitment.
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    I hate that I missed it the first time around.

    I hate that I missed it the first time around.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hrm5r7_RWk&ab_cha...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hrm5r7_RWk&ab_channel=CARMSFAV
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    And she is out to get us, because she's not one...

    And she is out to get us, because she's not one of the good faeries.
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    I am gonna go and ride my bike on the snow and...

    I am gonna go and ride my bike on the snow and ice today.... I should get the full meal deal of hard snow pack (my preferred winter riding surface), polished ice, and sections where you can't put a...
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    Research seems to suggest that at the molecular...

    Research seems to suggest that at the molecular level, the topmost layer of ice crystals is more active / reactive at warmer temperatures and that the forces of friction from boots and tyres can...
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    From mid November to early March we often find...

    From mid November to early March we often find ourselves saying "It has warmed up to freezing"... our daily high temperatures usually does not pass that mark until the middle of March when winter...
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    Still not getting it after a lot of years... ...

    Still not getting it after a lot of years...

    On one of my morning routes the daily traffic volume is 40,000 cars which sit at lights, idling... bring the temperature down to that where the...
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    Your understanding of how black ice forms is...

    Your understanding of how black ice forms is lacking... -18C / 0F is that magical point where de-icers stop working and water vapour from exhaust can condense and freeze.

    It might not look wet...
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    -18C / 0F last night... the roads were a mass of...

    -18C / 0F last night... the roads were a mass of black ice right this morning and the only safe places were where they had laid down sand.
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    Icebike... ...

    Icebike...

    http://www.ravingbikefiend.com/bikepics/2015thumper.JPG
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    That is no random guy either... ;)

    That is no random guy either... ;)
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    Our winter ridership is a tenth of our summer...

    Our winter ridership is a tenth of our summer ridership which is quite an improvement over a decade ago when many of us thought we were the only winter cyclists... we have yet to see the effect of...
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    Sticky: They are widely available at most outdoor...

    They are widely available at most outdoor stores... hikers will generally hang them from their packs or walking sticks as there are many animals you do not want to surprise in the bush. On a bike it...
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    Snapped this outside the shop when my friend...

    Snapped this outside the shop when my friend stopped by...

    http://www.ravingbikefiend.com/bikepics/amandahoth2.jpg
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    Sticky: It is a bear bell... one has to be prepared for...

    It is a bear bell... one has to be prepared for anything.

    I also like them on the trail as it lets people and critters know you are there without having to use the bar mounted bell.
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    If you live where ice is infrequent or spotty a...

    If you live where ice is infrequent or spotty a studded front tyre can be sufficient as this lowers the overall rolling resistance... in northern climates where ice can be a constant running front...
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    We have more freezing rain on the forecast......

    We have more freezing rain on the forecast... installing those Nokians was timely.

    Whereas the Marathon snow studs and Marathon winter tyres might slip a little those Nokians have some serious...
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    http://www.ravingbikefiend.com/bikepics/nokian296....

    http://www.ravingbikefiend.com/bikepics/nokian296.JPG
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    A fat bike with non studded tyres is great in...

    A fat bike with non studded tyres is great in deep snow that might stop other bikes, they ride great, are extremely stable, and handle ruts extremely well.

    Their low contact pressure makes worse...
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    It sounds like frying bacon... :)

    It sounds like frying bacon... :)
  24. The Shimano 600 Arabesque is gorgeous to look at,...

    The Shimano 600 Arabesque is gorgeous to look at, but it's performance has never blown my mind.

    The Shimano Eagle is a rock crusher, ugly as sin, and could be used to anchor a boat but as a...
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    Black ice forms when moist air or rain freezes on...

    Black ice forms when moist air or rain freezes on frozen roads, it also forms at -18C and lower when car exhaust condenses and freezes and when road de-icer stops working.

    High traffic areas are...
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