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Old 03-30-06, 06:16 PM   #1
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"I've done it!"

I managed to commute to my local train station for the entire winter! That makes a full year of car free living to work and back (plus grocery trips & stuff).

The winter riding was really only bad during the wet damp days. When it was -10C it actually wasn't bad and the ice along my path really didn't affect the mountain bike I used, snow was only bad right after a storm and the roads were cleared pretty quickly (to get the cars moving..hee..hee).

Now it's +10C and i've got the whole spring/summer/fall to look forward to and winter again. Car sits around mostly looking lonely.

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Old 03-31-06, 02:30 AM   #2
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Good job, Harwood. I missed a few days, with some major snow and ice, but I rode more miles in 2005 than ever, and 2006 has started out with even more!
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Old 04-01-06, 04:05 PM   #3
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I too just completed my first full winter of riding. It was great. Average temp was about -15C (5F). There was about a two week period of -30C (-22F), those were tough. The only missed days were from snow storms and there were less than five days that I couldn't do it. I've never had this many kms in this early in the year. Investing in proper clothing and lighting was the best thing I did. It sure is hard the machine though. Had it in a few times for repairs. The constant darkness was hard to deal with also. Motorist were more unbearable and more impatient. I'll tell you this, I am definately a better person for it. For those who say stuff like "idiot", "moron", (%$%&&^%$#*), suck it up. My personal favorite was "I hope you get hit so I can enjoy the hot buffet at your funeral", real nice. There's my rant, and here's to another great year on the bike.
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Old 04-02-06, 12:06 AM   #4
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g. bucci sorry to here about thouths winnipeg motorists. got hit by one 8 years ago. called a radio show about my experence. next caller says i deserve to be injuried. boy was i mad. any how i have so many close calls riding my bicycle and dealing with autopac, i left manitoba forever. yukon rocks
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Old 04-02-06, 12:10 AM   #5
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i rode my bicycle with yak trailer up here 3 years ago
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I too just completed my first full winter of riding. It was great. Average temp was about -15C (5F). There was about a two week period of -30C (-22F), those were tough. The only missed days were from snow storms and there were less than five days that I couldn't do it. I've never had this many kms in this early in the year. Investing in proper clothing and lighting was the best thing I did. It sure is hard the machine though. Had it in a few times for repairs. The constant darkness was hard to deal with also. Motorist were more unbearable and more impatient. I'll tell you this, I am definately a better person for it. For those who say stuff like "idiot", "moron", (%$%&&^%$#*), suck it up. My personal favorite was "I hope you get hit so I can enjoy the hot buffet at your funeral", real nice. There's my rant, and here's to another great year on the bike.
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Next time it's real cold in Colorado, I'm going to think of your post, and tell myself, "I can do it"!
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