Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Winter Cycling Don't let snow and ice discourage you this winter. The key element to year-round cycling is proper attire! Check out this winter cycling forum to chat with other ice bike fanatics.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-30-06, 11:00 PM   #1
naisme
Friend of Jimmy K
Thread Starter
 
naisme's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Minneapolis
Bikes: A lot: Raliegh road bike, 3 fixed gears, 2 single speeds, 3 Cannondales, a couple of Schwinns
Posts: 1,458
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Do the birds know something we don't?

I'm out for a 14 mile jaunt on the Greenway, which sucks at the moment as they are in the midst of working on "high power lines," and a section is cut off so one has to jump the railroad tracks and hit Cedar Lake Rd, which is nice with the wide shoulders, but annoying with hills, and the wind was up today. You also need to keep in mind this is the end of January, in Minnesota, when we usually have our coldest weather. Well, I'm out riding and I see Robins, Mother Nature's sign of Spring being around the corner. I don't think I've ever seen a Robin in January, ever, well in the Texas Hill Country sure, but not MN, not the dead of winter.
So I start wondering if the animals know something that we don't. I mean the animals knew the Tsunami was coming, it's said that ads for missing animals usually precede earthquakes.
Anyone want to hazard a guess? Are we getting ready for some polar shift or something? And if Spring is really just around the corner, what is June and July going to be like?
naisme is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-06, 06:44 AM   #2
Coyote!
Guest
 
Bikes:
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Migration isn't an absolute. Think about it this way; it's all about food supply. If there are enough calories near by, why take that dangerous journey south? Lots of birds, including famously the robins will somehow "choose" a few members to stay behind. Here in Western Maryland [nowhere near your level of cold, mind], you'll see robins and their cousins the blue birds in fair numbers all winter in protected spots like flood plains along the upper reaches of the Potomac. There's another 'twist' here, migrants move as individuals AND as population "maps" think of the "map" shifting south, not moving all the way south. Maybe the robin you saw summered in Barrow Alaska [God help him!].

Winters seem to be getting milder too, so the forage last longer into the winter.

Looking for some other harbingers? Skunks emerge from hibernation very early. . .cardinals turn on their Spring song mid January here. . .snow drops bloom any day now. . .water maple flower buds swell. I did some work on my beater bike and did a nice dial-back-in run yesterday and saw a ground hog, who hibernates the winter in these parts.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-06, 09:10 AM   #3
Portis
Banned.
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Home alone
Bikes: Trek 4300 X 2. Trek 1000, Trek 6000
Posts: 6,019
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
We had a report on the local news here in Kansas last night that said this could be the worst year for bugs in history, espescially mosqitoes. Winter left here sometime in December and hasn't been back yet. This was the warmest January in recorded history.



The animals know it's warm. We know it's warm. Why? Who cares? I personally am very grateful since i ride every day. January and Feb are usually the worst months to ride in since I start to tire of the cold.
Portis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-06, 10:24 AM   #4
Wulfheir
Designated Drinker
 
Wulfheir's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Calgary
Bikes: '04 Kona Fire Mountain
Posts: 800
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Looking at the map, it's interesting how canada and mexico have a very uniform temperature across the land. You can't keep cocaine and marijuana from crossing the border, but you can sure stop the weather.
Wulfheir is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-06, 02:12 PM   #5
halfbiked
dangerous with tools
 
halfbiked's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: minneapolis
Bikes: fat, long, single & fast
Posts: 4,502
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
"Do the birds know something we don't?"

Yes. The Cardinals' spring song provided a lovely background as I read the paper on Sunday. And like Ranger said, who cares? Hey, I live 1000 miles from rising sea levels...
halfbiked is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-06, 02:59 PM   #6
GreyGoat
Senior Member
 
GreyGoat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: NY midstate
Bikes: 85 Ross Mt Rainier(for winter road use), 86 Centurion Ironman Master, 92 trek 2300,2005 Iron Horse HollowPoint Expert
Posts: 395
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I wish it was that easy but I fear it will not be.. rising sea levels will have ramifications much further reaching than to just those wading thru it.. but for now I like the warmer weather to ride in, tho rain sucks compared to snow in general..
We had a similar year in 95, maybe not this warm, but with heavy snow years in 94 and 96, 95 had nothing for snow for the most part.. it will be back next year and we will again be laughing about global warming...
GreyGoat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-06, 03:41 PM   #7
CastIron
Sensible shoes.
 
CastIron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: St. Paul,MN
Bikes: A few.
Posts: 8,799
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I keep wondering: Is this just a dud of a winter or is the 'other shoe' going to drop in Feb-Mar?
__________________
Mike
Quote:
Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
It looks silly when you have quotes from other forum members in your signature. Nobody on this forum is that funny.
Quote:
Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
Why am I in your signature.
CastIron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-06, 04:40 PM   #8
halfbiked
dangerous with tools
 
halfbiked's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: minneapolis
Bikes: fat, long, single & fast
Posts: 4,502
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by CastIron
I keep wondering: Is this just a dud of a winter or is the 'other shoe' going to drop in Feb-Mar?
I hope snow. That was a freudian slip. I hope so, I want the snow. Round these parts it probably won't get too cold, but Feb & Mar are usually the big snow months.



Quote:
Originally Posted by greygoat
wish it was that easy but I fear it will not be.. rising sea levels will have ramifications much further reaching than to just those wading thru it..
yeah, I was being facetious.
halfbiked is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-06, 01:29 AM   #9
Machka 
Long Distance Cyclist
 
Machka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: I ride where the thylacine roamed!
Bikes: Lots
Posts: 45,546
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm in central Alberta (Canada) and I rode a century in the middle of December, and then again on January 1st. Both times I saw a field FULL of Canadian Geese.

I have NEVER seen Canadian Geese in Canada in the middle of winter before!!


But then it has been an exceptionally mild winter here. We've got no snow!
Machka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-06, 08:02 AM   #10
Bekologist
totally louche
 
Bekologist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: A land that time forgot
Bikes: the ever shifting stable loaded with comfortable road bikes and city and winter bikes
Posts: 18,025
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
There have been major shifts in bird migration patterns in the last 40 years.

Ornithologists have a series of suspected culprits including human population patterns, pollution, global warming, changes in habitat and food supply, etc...
Bekologist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-06, 02:30 PM   #11
SaskCyclist
The Land of Living Skies
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan
Bikes: Kona Hahannah, Rocky Mountain RC-30
Posts: 307
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Machka
I'm in central Alberta (Canada) and I rode a century in the middle of December, and then again on January 1st. Both times I saw a field FULL of Canadian Geese.

I have NEVER seen Canadian Geese in Canada in the middle of winter before!!


But then it has been an exceptionally mild winter here. We've got no snow!

Believe it or not, we have Canadian Geese that winter here every year. So far this year they definitely were the smart geese of the bunch. Other years when it is -30C, I would think it would be worth it to migrate.

Some differences with the warm temperatures this year....it has not been warm enough to really cause any melting (about -5 or so since early Dec). The days that have been warmer have changed any snow packed surface to sheets of uneven ice. Everyday I am thankful for my Nokians.
SaskCyclist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-06, 06:21 PM   #12
Machka 
Long Distance Cyclist
 
Machka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: I ride where the thylacine roamed!
Bikes: Lots
Posts: 45,546
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by SaskCyclist
Believe it or not, we have Canadian Geese that winter here every year. So far this year they definitely were the smart geese of the bunch. Other years when it is -30C, I would think it would be worth it to migrate.
I do believe it .... it's because they heat the lake in Wascana park.
Machka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-06, 06:53 PM   #13
Roody
Sophomoric Member
 
Roody's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Dancing in Lansing
Bikes:
Posts: 23,351
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
[QUOTE=Machka]I'm in central Alberta (Canada) and I rode a century in the middle of December, and then again on January 1st. Both times I saw a field FULL of Canadian Geese.

I have NEVER seen Canadian Geese in Canada in the middle of winter before!!


But then it has been an exceptionally mild winter here. We've got no snow![/
QUOTE]
Yeah, usually you send all those flying pigs down here to the US.

I am really bummed out about the weather. I finally got studded tires and I wanted so bad to ride for miles on the frozen Grand River. so far all the tires have been good for is building leg strength. Maybe next year!
__________________

"Think Outside the Cage"
Roody is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:42 PM.