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  1. The most comfortable bike, that puts the least...

    The most comfortable bike, that puts the least strain on your back. Only you know which one that is.

    80 miles per day isn't a race. Speed won't matter. Comfort will, particularly if you are...
  2. Shark wheel? Snake-oil wheel more like. ...

    Shark wheel?

    Snake-oil wheel more like.

    Like said above, get some studded tyres and you'll be fine.
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    I've started using MWs in winter here in the UK....

    I've started using MWs in winter here in the UK. Most of my 50mile (round trip) commute is on paved roads, but around 5-6 miles is black ice with 1-2" of snow. Terrible conditions for non-studded...
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    I think using 'mental toughness' as a way of...

    I think using 'mental toughness' as a way of 'beating the cold' is a very risky approach.

    Mental toughness will help you get going. It will help you keep attention sharp when conditions are bad.
    ...
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    I don't know if the OP is still reading this, but...

    I don't know if the OP is still reading this, but for the benefit of european riders:

    Aldi are stocking ski gear, including mitts.

    These are very heavily insulated on the backs, including the...
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    Maybe try contacting Mike Hall, the current...

    Maybe try contacting Mike Hall, the current round-the-world record holder?
    Mike has a facebook page I believe.

    Mike averaged over 300km per day, unsupported, carrying camping gear. So close to...
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    I have some BBB fleece gloves that work well for...

    I have some BBB fleece gloves that work well for most of the winter in the UK. They don't get too sweaty, rain runs out of them and they are fairly durable. they seem to be out of production now.
    ...
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    If the roads are salted, you can get puddles of...

    If the roads are salted, you can get puddles of water when the air temp is -10C and the ground temp is below freezing.

    It's a real sod when a truck goes through such a puddle and soaks you in the...
  9. If you don't get ice or compacted snow on the...

    If you don't get ice or compacted snow on the roads, there is no reason to use studded tyres.

    I've ridden in similar conditions to the ones you describe, using a road bike. Continental GP4seasons...
  10. HOW heavy are you! For a combined weight of...

    HOW heavy are you!

    For a combined weight of 250lb, with 23mm tyres, the calculator says 137psi on the rear.
  11. Kinetic energy calculation of a moving object...

    Kinetic energy calculation of a moving object does not equal the power required to attain a speed.

    Sorry to pour water all over your fire, but your calculations and assumptions are bunk.

    See...
  12. As in you will not be gaining velocity. You...

    As in you will not be gaining velocity.

    You are doing work, exerting an upward force to overcome gravity. Force=mass*acceleration. This is high-school physics.

    But lets forget the theory. To...
  13. I'm not sure that is true at all. The difference...

    I'm not sure that is true at all. The difference is certainly not over-emphasized - try riding a bike with 900gm tyres, then try the same bike with 550gm tyres. You'll be amazed at how much harder...
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    The worst conditions, IMO, are raining and below...

    The worst conditions, IMO, are raining and below freezing.

    The coldest air temp I've ridden in was about -19C - about -2F. That was lovely. Even when the snow blew up, it was cold enough it just...
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    Two things - no specs on how it will work, no...

    Two things - no specs on how it will work, no pics of a prototype (unless those are in the video). USB charging? That's 5V and 0.5A max - pathetic for a high-power light.
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    A trailer that weighed 30lb would make me weep -...

    A trailer that weighed 30lb would make me weep - I have a two-wheeled trailer that will cope with up to 200lb of load and I think the trailer weighs about 10-12lb including wheels and hitch.

    Get...
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    They ain't that puncture resistant. I had a...

    They ain't that puncture resistant. I had a hawthorn thorn go through my rear last friday.
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    Not in my case. 26x1.75 In my contact email to...

    Not in my case. 26x1.75

    In my contact email to Schwalbe I suggested that maybe the tyres were defective. The response was very fast (less than one hour), denying that they could be defective and...
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    really impressive. The roads look icy - didn't...

    really impressive. The roads look icy - didn't you have problems with slipping?
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    I bought my tyres this year. I've never had...

    I bought my tyres this year. I've never had studded tyres before, so have no idea if this is unusual in these conditions. I've only be riding on dry (no snow yet) tarmac with these tyres.
    Schwalbe...
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    That's appalling and doesn't tally with other...

    That's appalling and doesn't tally with other people's experiences in the past. I wonder if Schwalbe have changed manufacturers or something?
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    That's very important. I was reading about arctic...

    That's very important. I was reading about arctic workers the other day - the writer was saying that new workers tend to go too hard at work, get sweaty - then they are in trouble when they stop....
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    I don't weigh much. It's the centre studs that...

    I don't weigh much. It's the centre studs that have gone - erm, I don't think I could possibly spin the rear wheel on bare pavement, I'm an ordinary mortal, not Thor or The Hulk.

    Schwalbe UK are...
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    From what I've read here, I wouldn't call Fred a...

    From what I've read here, I wouldn't call Fred a 'homeless guy', but more a guy who chooses to live without a home. 'Homeless' people are very commonly people who aren't in that situation by choice. ...
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    My route too and from work takes me away from...

    My route too and from work takes me away from populated areas. In the worst of the conditions, I wouldn't want to count on passing traffic to help me if I broke down.

    So I dress appropriately. For...
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