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    ACK! Snow!!!

    Nearly a foot of it in my area, all of it in the last two hours; the buses aren't running and it's impossible to get across Glenmore in a car. I don't just need snow tires at this point, I need a SKI for my front fork!

    Anyone else stuck in this?

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    We were supposed to get betwen 5-10cm last night but the roads were clear on my ride here in Edmonton.

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    Oh, so this is supposed to be yours then. You can come get it any time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buglady View Post
    Nearly a foot of it in my area, all of it in the last two hours; the buses aren't running and it's impossible to get across Glenmore in a car. I don't just need snow tires at this point, I need a SKI for my front fork!

    Anyone else stuck in this?
    Buglady,
    I left Bowness @ 6:15 it was lightly snowing I got to work by the stampede grounds at roughly 6:45 and it was just starting to accumulate... might be a fun ride home. shoulda rode the MTB...

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    Yeah, when I let the dog out at 6:30 there was about an inch; by the time I headed for the bus stop at 7:30 it was just at the tops of my hiking boots, and when I gave up on the bus and slogged back home at 8 I was getting snow IN the boots.

    This really bites because I'm supposed to be at the college working on a group project right now. Two of us are working on it by email but the third has been stuck in traffic for an hour and a half. The project has to be handed in at 2, and the instructor is one of those "well, you should have finished it earlier!" types who thinks that we should be able to predict family emergencies and freak weather events. (Emergency was mine, last week, and took me out for four days. Every other instructor has given me an extension on projects. This one thinks I should have planned better. Next time someone in my family has a psychotic episode I'll give them HER address.)

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    Wow. I was just looking at some pictures on the internet. Crazy. It's a lot like the dump we got last weekend.

    Feel free to keep it down there....

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    When I left the house there were a couple of flakes coming down, so I took the road bike with the 23mm slicks - oops! By the time I got downtown, it was 3 inches deep and getting real icy

    Hopefully they will clear the paths, or I guess I'll be taking the train home tonight

    /Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by mercator View Post
    When I left the house there were a couple of flakes coming down, so I took the road bike with the 23mm slicks - oops! By the time I got downtown, it was 3 inches deep and getting real icy

    Hopefully they will clear the paths, or I guess I'll be taking the train home tonight

    /Dave
    They're saying a lot of it should melt almost immediately. Do you have fenders? (Not that it would help that much - it's going to be ugly out there no matter what).

    skinny tires, though, oops indeed! I have 1-1/4" slicks on one bike and that's as thin as I go (touring bike with mountain biek rims, quite handy really).

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    I'm riding my fendered touring bike right now, I retired the winter MTB a few weeks back...
    I went for a walk at lunch and it was quite warm so I imagine most of the crap will be gone by the time I leave, My feet will probably end up soaked but the tail end should stay dry,here's hoping anyways!

    BTW, is your prof going to give you a break with the 2 pm deadline?

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    Yeah, it's melting pretty fast!

    As for the project, we emailed it in with a timestamp of 2:01 (that was because I'm on a Vista machine and it took me an extra couple of minutes to navigate the file structure to FIND the silly thing to attach it). If she gives us any grief I'm going to the Dean.... I've had run-ins with her before.

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    Argh! It's happening again
    I hope at least the farmers are happy about it.

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    I am pretending that this is not happening. I am inside with the blinds drawn and NOT looking at the freaking blizzard warning we now have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buglady View Post
    I am pretending that this is not happening. I am inside with the blinds drawn and NOT looking at the freaking blizzard warning we now have.
    Very wise, I just got in having driven 3km home. (got the company van for the weekend because there was a last minute delivery in my area and I said I didn't want to fight the weather all the way back across town) The bridge decks are lethal, salting trucks are out and trying to make a difference, in short, it sucks out there.

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    *sticks fingers in ears* LA LA LA LA LA I can't hear you!!!!

    Oh wait, this is the internet, nevermind.

    I'm a little worried about the farmers market tomorrow. It'll either be completely dead, or an absolute zoo, and I'm not sure I can handle either! That's assuming I can even get there, of course. Eek. I do not like driving in snow. (Westcoast wimp, here).

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    Nice Alberta weather isn't it ?

    It has been trying to snow here tonight.

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    I want my money back. This wasn't in the brochure!

    (oh, damn, it was. I see the fine print now. "Actual weather may change without notice. Provincial authorities not responsible for migraines or other weather-related head explosions occurring withing the Province. Move to Province at your own risk." Phooey.)

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    why the heck am I still awake? I have to be somewhere in 7 hours. ack.

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    Looks like we only have an inch or so in Saskatoon. Still early though and they are calling for all that snow to hit us in the next day.

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    Saturday morning and it's still coming down onto a nice layer of ice.

    Got a package from Nashbar in the post yesterday, so I guess I can finish putting my snow bike back together today. How's that for looking on the bright side?

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    I think I'm going to build a snow bike today. Single Speed Rigid MTB.

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    Woke up to -9C and a little skiff of snow here.

    Should make for some pretty riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheik_Yerbouti View Post
    I think I'm going to build a snow bike today. Single Speed Rigid MTB.
    Good move if you have the legs for it. (I don't) Low gearing yes? I just got in from shoveling for an hour, annddd... the forecast is for another 6 inches tonight.

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    I'd go fixed for a snow bike...drops bars are good too.


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    I'm really trying to be cheap, I turned the old Norco Bushpilot into a single speed today with the oldconversion kit I have. Is there a cheap way to 'fix' a shimano cassette system?

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    Horizontal or vertical drops ?

    If the cassette is set up and you need a tensioner the old derailer is probably the best tensioner money can't buy... you can also use the derailer to set up a dual speed in case you want a snow gear and a road gear for when things are drier.

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