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Old 12-15-04, 09:59 PM   #1
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respect for northerners

...my respect for you northern fixed riders grows. it's around 36 degrees in north-central Florida tonight and I thought my joints were going to freeze.
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Old 12-15-04, 10:07 PM   #2
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...my respect for you northern fixed riders grows. it's around 36 degrees in north-central Florida tonight and I thought my joints were going to freeze.
It think the real champs are in the north east.....brrrrrrrbrrrrr,
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Old 12-15-04, 10:10 PM   #3
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36? you could have worn shorts.
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Old 12-15-04, 10:15 PM   #4
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I'm workin down south right now (VA), the high today I beleive was 35, great t-shirt weather! seriously, can't wait to be back in baltimore and do some snow riding when the time comes!
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Old 12-15-04, 10:17 PM   #5
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shorts? er, well, my pants were almost shorts when one pantleg got caught on the chainring.

everyone here gets excited over this kind of weather...breaking out the giant coats, scarfs, beanies, and sweaters upon sweaters.
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Old 12-15-04, 10:17 PM   #6
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I've been rockin out with the temp in the teens and low twenties the last couple of days. I'm ready for winter. BRING IT ON!!

Oh, and as a former midwesterner, those are the real heroes. We got it easy over here compared to the frozen plains.

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Old 12-15-04, 10:22 PM   #7
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at least midwesteners and new englanders have decent snow removal programs, here in maryland we have little better than a big pick up truck with a shovel duct taped to the front... stoopid budgeting issues...
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Old 12-15-04, 10:42 PM   #8
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Think again. Detroit stopped snow removal except on a few key routes a few years back. But then that's D-town, and that's like a whole other country... Or planet.
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Old 12-15-04, 10:50 PM   #9
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haha, yeah, I refuse to go to detroit, any place eminem calls home I call off limits.
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Old 12-15-04, 10:55 PM   #10
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I know and worked with some folks in Detroit. I even got a tour from the mayor's office through the trailer park on 8 Mile Road that was the setting for Rabbit's trailer in the movie. I won't slag Detroit, it's a rough scene. I've worked with community based organizations in some of the most disadvantaged parts of the city and it's pretty wild. It's hard to believe that it's the US. I've worked in East St. Louis and I thought nothing could compare until I went to Detroit.

http://www.zweknu.org/pics/gal.rhtml?alb=dtw02

Anyhow, off topic.
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Old 12-16-04, 02:25 AM   #11
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Snow and ice, yeah! We had few alleycats and an icespeedway -event last year..





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I have great respect of you hard core people in the north too. I live in SW VA and I have been freezing my ass off the past few days. It's been in the 20's when I've been riding. Today I commutted to work/school and it was 16 degrees. Luckily I have a pretty short commute. Brrr...
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Old 12-16-04, 08:25 AM   #13
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I just wish we'd get some snow as I'm getting sick of the color brown!
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Old 12-16-04, 08:49 AM   #14
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This past week it has been "cold" in otherwise Hotlanta. I checked the weather one morning and it said that it was 36 but felt like 19. That's rough for someone who has lived her/his whole life in Georgia. And my point is...and my point is...I have no point?

I too respect you northern winter fg riders.

I also respect ya'll in the summer. The love is 365 days a year.
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Old 12-16-04, 09:00 AM   #15
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It was 16 deg in VA this morning. I guess I did not move far enough down south. I need a balaclava. hmmmmmmmm baklava.
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Old 12-16-04, 09:27 AM   #16
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I don't own enough clothes to go out today, the windchill is physically dangerous.
If I put on that much insulation, it's just not comforable to ride.
I've pretty much put my bike away for the winter. Oh well, spring is coming.
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Old 12-16-04, 09:39 AM   #17
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WEAK Appledude! I was out in Philly chilly every day (and night) this week. Don't give in to the cagehead mentality, let alone take, gasp, THE BUS.
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oooh man I'm sooo glad i'm outa here on sunday!!! It's like 48 INSIDE my apartment right now! I don't control the heat and my girlfriend and I sleep with sweaters on. Soon I'll be about a 6 hour drive from adamkell to the SOUTH sunny south florida for me. . . then a month later its off to madrid. F you New England winters, goodbye 4:30 sunsets, hello bathing suits and beaches b!tches.
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so far it's been a mild winter here in southeastern michigan. tuesday it was not quite 20 °C and i wore a ski helmet and goggles and was warm as toast. the quiet was nice, too, as was the orange outlook afforded by the goggles. when i look down and see all that salt and grit and crap spraying up onto my bike, i'm glad not have any fussy cables or derailluers down there to clean every day.

detroit's snow removal policy reflects 1) lack of money and b) relatively little snowfall. i think they will midify things a bit when the superbowl is in town...
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Here we are having the usual drizzle every day at temps just over freezing. Dark when I get to work and dark when we leave. Even walking is dangerous when visibility is less than ten feet. Biking is weekends only for me for another month. In February the daffodils flower and the world is a cheerier place.
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ici, that's really sad.

if I lived in that, I'd be listening to Polyphonic Spree everyday to prevent depression.
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Some of us on the east coast would love to trade weather with ici.

As we say in eastern canada-"ya don't have to shovel rain"
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22f with a windchill of 6f as I head out the door to go work for a few hours or 5. Sad it is that winter is here but not really here yet. I like it though, cold beats heat in my book. Plus what I'll go through this winter is nothing compared to my buds in Edmonton, Calgary, Montreal.
Don't let winter keep you in! For those who don't want to ride in bulky clothes, Don't! Thin layers keep you feeling finer anyway.
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15f this morning. I created my own wind chill. And was my own heater.
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i hear ya, ici.

"mommy, what happens to the sun in the winter?"
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