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  1. I always commute by bike, and I still get...

    I always commute by bike, and I still get excited about Bike to Work week. The WI Bike Fed partners with a bunch of area shops and eateries so that there are multiple food stops throughout town. I...
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    The one issue is that alcohol stoves work on...

    The one issue is that alcohol stoves work on vapor pressure, which is a lot lower at colder temps. So while that stove can boil water in 6 minutes, it will double or triple or not work at all if the...
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    I would go with option 2 or option 3; make some...

    I would go with option 2 or option 3; make some yourself. Making some yourself allows you to position the arm hole so that you can reach the controls and get a bit wider on the bars. If you do this,...
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    I personally have no extended experience at those...

    I personally have no extended experience at those temperatures. However, I would advise some caution with using an XT hub in the extreme cold unless it is fairly new. I have had one die last winter...
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    Sticky: Nice work, Tim! I did my first race of the...

    Nice work, Tim!

    I did my first race of the season also at Badger Prairie (WI) in the Cat 4 race. I had an okay callup (third row), but got stuck behind a guy who had a slow start, which put me...
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    Are you riding on roads? If so, either get...

    Are you riding on roads? If so, either get studded tires for this bike, make them, or get them for another bike (which will be cheaper than Dillingers or studded Snowshoe XLs). From what I have read,...
  7. TenGrainBread As a Madison local, I don't think...

    TenGrainBread As a Madison local, I don't think that single speed is a bad idea at all. I have only regularly ridden 5 miles each way for my winter commute, but I spent 2 winters on single speed. The...
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    It all depends on the trail, but if it isn't too...

    It all depends on the trail, but if it isn't too high traffic, I would find a place to hide it (ie, not right at the trailhead), and then lock it up. I have done this a few times, though I didn't...
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    I raced a season on my touring frame before it...

    I raced a season on my touring frame before it decided to break. No reason to wait out the season because you don't have the "right" bike. I did replace the touring bike with a proper CX bike when...
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    Layers, and make sure that you have a way to...

    Layers, and make sure that you have a way to cover skin that is susceptible to frostbite. My dad froze the tip of his nose at -20F last winter because it wasn't covered and he descended a hill...
  11. Some thoughts... If you are primarily on...

    Some thoughts...

    If you are primarily on roads, I would go with a 29er with studded tires. Ice is not something to be tangled with if you don't have the right tools. Make sure they are moderately...
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    While I wouldn't build to that low spoke count...

    While I wouldn't build to that low spoke count myself for a touring wheelset (an extra 4 spokes is cheap insurance), my commuter/touring wheelset gets significant abuse (ie, the same or more than if...
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    Pogies/bar mits for the win. Earlier this...

    Pogies/bar mits for the win. Earlier this winter, when I first made the pogies, I rode for an hour in -5*F weather wearing a light insulated glove (ones I wear between 30 & 40 by themselves), and my...
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    If you have zero concern about ice, then I would...

    If you have zero concern about ice, then I would use a moderately aggressive cyclocross tire (or these might be narrow MTB tires/gravel tires) in as large of width as you can reasonably run on your...
  15. Honestly, I don't know of any fenders on the...

    Honestly, I don't know of any fenders on the market that are long enough stock to keep slush totally off a trailer. You would basically need a mudflap that goes to the ground. You can make one and...
  16. It's apparently on purpose. See Scofflaw Biking...

    It's apparently on purpose. See Scofflaw Biking Survey (Yeah, We Said It) - Washington BikesWashington Bikes

    Basically, it is to get more people to answer the survey.

    "When we asked why the...
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    I will echo some of the above sentiment; it...

    I will echo some of the above sentiment; it really depends on what campus you are on. I attend UW Madison. In the summer, I always use a U-lock, but sometimes break out the cable lock in the...
  18. Agreed with the comment on starting out cold; you...

    Agreed with the comment on starting out cold; you either need to start out cold, or layer down 10 minutes into your ride.

    As far as a jacket, get a cross-country ski jacket. I have a Craft,...
  19. Not for everyone, but if you are competent at...

    Not for everyone, but if you are competent at sewing or willing to splurge a bit, I am a bit of a zealot about bar mitts. When we routinely hit 10*F, I just have a hard time keeping my hands warm,...
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    donwales Check out Tire Dimensions | Schwalbe...

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    Check out Tire Dimensions | Schwalbe North America, and scroll down toward the bottom of the page for the "European Tire and Rim Technical Organization Standards Manual - 2007." That gives...
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    The Cabela's snow runner boots are a bit cheaper,...

    The Cabela's snow runner boots are a bit cheaper, but heavier (weight, no idea about warmth) than the LL bean snow sneakers. I bought a pair this year and have been happy so far. I was great on my...
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    I disagree that goggles suck. Poorly managed...

    I disagree that goggles suck. Poorly managed temperature and condensation coupled with goggles sucks. Same with glasses in the cold. I wear goggles in the cold-Madison, so maybe not as severe as...
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    Get full zip rain pants, and as long as it isn't...

    Get full zip rain pants, and as long as it isn't raining hard, you can have basically the same thing. I am a pretty big fan of them; unzipping them allows me to stay mostly dry (or totally dry if...
  24. My wife and I have fluctuated between 0 and 2...

    My wife and I have fluctuated between 0 and 2 cars over our marriage, with most of the time (including currently) at 1 car. In my experience, there are a couple things help make it work.
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    A bit OT, but huh? A large number of us on this...

    A bit OT, but huh? A large number of us on this forum regularly use goggles when the weather gets cold. The temperature cutoff varies for me depending on windspeed and my speed, but I will rarely...
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