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Old 02-27-11, 11:33 PM   #1
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It's still winter in the Pacific Northwest

We had a couple days of snow in the lowlands, but only a few inches of accumulation. Then it warmed up a little early Sunday morning, enough to melt the roads and get a good start on melting the snow. Our group was able to start Sunday mid-morning at 36 and raining lightly. It warmed up to 41, though the rain picked up, too. Riding was fine in the lowlands, though there was some residual snow on the shoulders of the lower hills. We didn't get above about 200'. But we had a wonderful ~3 hour ride! Stoker had some trepidation, this being her coldest wet ride yet, but she had a great time, stayed warm, and had dry feet at the end. She can't quite believe it. Good tandem fun with good tandem friends.

We wouldn't mind if it warmed up a little. This is that tough time of the year, when it really seems like we have suffered enough and spring should come. Not yet, though.
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It's just too cold to ride our tandem in Seattle =[.
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Nice to hear you got a ride in.

Ours was the flip side, day was nice, but our temps are heating up already. Sunscreen and a lot of water yesterday. Windy, sunny and starting to get hot.

Out of curiosity, how many tandems make up your?

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Old 02-28-11, 11:16 AM   #4
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Here in Tucson, AZ our weather in February has varied . . . from the near coldest-ever of 18 degrees to 81 degrees! Yup, just turn the numbers 8 and 1 around!
Yesterday we had dusting of snow in our atrium . . . about our 4th time of snow in our 33 years of living here.
Lots of frozen catus all over the place as a result of this coldsnap.
Lost a couple of 6 ft. sections of our cirrus night-blooming cacti in our back yard . . . they just turned from green to black and also lost a few smaller succulent cacti.
Heck we've worn everything from shorts/jerseys to gloves/jackets/ski band while riding our tandem this month!
Frost/ice this morning but sun's out . . . but we don't have to shovel sunshine!
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Old 02-28-11, 12:09 PM   #5
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Here in Tucson, AZ our weather in February has varied . . . from the near coldest-ever of 18 degrees to 81 degrees! Yup, just turn the numbers 8 and 1 around!
Yesterday we had dusting of snow in our atrium . . . about our 4th time of snow in our 33 years of living here.
Lots of frozen catus all over the place as a result of this coldsnap.
Lost a couple of 6 ft. sections of our cirrus night-blooming cacti in our back yard . . . they just turned from green to black and also lost a few smaller succulent cacti.
Heck we've worn everything from shorts/jerseys to gloves/jackets/ski band while riding our tandem this month!
Frost/ice this morning but sun's out . . . but we don't have to shovel sunshine!
Pedal on!
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Sorry about your loss. How long does it take for a cactus to grow 6 feet?
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Old 02-28-11, 12:22 PM   #6
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Nice to hear you got a ride in.

Ours was the flip side, day was nice, but our temps are heating up already. Sunscreen and a lot of water yesterday. Windy, sunny and starting to get hot.

Out of curiosity, how many tandems make up your?

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Turnout varies. We ride every Sunday, pretty much 52 weeks/year, and usually have 3-5 tandems. It's an invitational group, and we allow some singles whom we've ridden with for years and who know how to behave around tandems. This Sunday we had three tandems and two singles. It would have been 4 tandems, but one stoker was sick, so the captain had to come on his single. If it had been just us, I don't think I would have gotten Stoker out of the house. That's why group rides are so great. We're all part of a larger team. We had a long section of road without lights near the end, so we took the front and TTed it for almost 20 minutes. It's especially important to have fun in the rain.

We were really lucky to have that melt-out happen Sunday morning. I drove to and from a party Saturday night, and drove by many a warning light that turned out to be the back or front end of a car in the ditch with its blinker on.

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I'm coming to Seattle this weekend for the SIR 100K. I'm ready for 40-50 F and damp. Hopefully the forecast is accurate or pessimistic!
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The forecast for today is a high of -20C / -1F

I miss what you call winter... was riding in it a few days ago.
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I'm coming to Seattle this weekend for the SIR 100K. I'm ready for 40-50 F and damp. Hopefully the forecast is accurate or pessimistic!
We'll see you there, then. Dark blue CoMo, rack with small pack with yellow rain cover. I doubt it will hit 50. Rain looks very likely. It seldom rains continuously all day, though. Our rule is: when in doubt, show up. The ride is always better than one expects it to be. Always.
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We'll see you there, then. Dark blue CoMo, rack with small pack with yellow rain cover. I doubt it will hit 50. Rain looks very likely. It seldom rains continuously all day, though. Our rule is: when in doubt, show up. The ride is always better than one expects it to be. Always.


Cool. I'll be on a white single with hammered honjo fenders and a cotton bar bag. I won't be dressed as stylishly as in the Euro Roadie Smurf photo above, but it gives you an idea what to look for.

It would be cool to say hello and put a face to a name...
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El Paso has been similar to Phoenix with the lows a little colder. We went from -1F the first week in Feb. to 81 the 2nd week. Yesterday we had 80 mph winds in some of the passes. March is finally here. That means warmer weather albeit more wind.
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I can vouch for it still being winter in the Northwest, although I have to admit we have it way easier than people in most parts of the country. Sunday we rode the Chilly Hilly, the annual first ride of the season organized by the Cascade Bicycle Club. It was reported to be perhaps the coldest in the many many years they have been putting on the ride - temps in the mid to upper thirties and very strong cold winds out of the north. All together I think there were about 4000 riders, maybe a little less for the loop around Bainbridge Island. We only saw three other tandems - one waiting near us in line to board the ferry over, one on the ferry near us on the ride back, and one during the actual ride itself. We rode early and finished before there was much precipitation but I think it may have been wetter later in the day. Still haven't found a way to keep the toes warm, but we were fine otherwise. It was a lot of fun and great to see so many people out although last year they had about 6000 riders. Many wait until day of the ride to register to see what the weather will be like.
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Carbinfiberboy . . .
Night blooming cirrus cacti are fairly fast growers; figure by next year we'll have several new cacti arms a couple feet tall.
Saguaro cacti, on the other hand, usually are extemely slow growers . . . lucky to get 'em to grow an inch in one year.
Stick-like cacti visible beyond our chainring chimes is a night blooming cirrus. As the name indicates, they bloom at night only and close up by mid-morning. Bats love to feed off the flower nectar.
The other one, dressed as Santa is about 15 year old saguaro while the one to the lkeft may be around 20 to 30 years old.
Saguaros do grow to be as tall as telephone poles but those are usually 100 to 150 years old.
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We live in Central WA and it's just starting to get better weather here. Thank God! I've got cabin fever.
We went to Bike Fest this past weekend and started looking at Tandems. Very impressed with Santana. Since you live in the Seattle area can you recommend a shop or shops that specialize in Tandems? We ride Trek FX9 Hybrids and want to set up a tandem with flat bars and gearing for climbing a little.
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