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Old 01-25-07, 11:25 AM   #1
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Winter Ride Pics.

Pics from this morning's ride. Sometimes winter isn't all that ugly. This is out in the countryside where i normally ride in the mornings. It's peaceful and quiet. 21 miles this morning took me almost 2 hours. The roads were not too bad but i got into some mud later on that really slowed me down.










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Old 01-25-07, 11:29 AM   #2
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Schweet! I love a winter ride, myself!
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beautiful pictures! but where are you?
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Old 01-25-07, 11:52 AM   #6
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beautiful pictures! but where are you?
Trying not to mess up Mother Nature's creation.
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Old 01-25-07, 11:57 AM   #7
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beautiful pictures! but where are you?

Not New England.


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Nice pics. What was the temp?
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Nice pics. What was the temp?
23 F when i left. Which is pretty warm compared to normal morning rides this time of year.
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Old 01-25-07, 12:19 PM   #10
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Nice, it reminds me of our Fall here
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this looks exactly like my commute!! you JUST have to replace every tree by a car, add buildings and houses everywhere else, and why not replace mud by slush while we are at it...

seriously, i wish it would look a little more like that... the wind must be _very_ bad at times...

do they put salt on those roads or is the ground just not frozen (yet)?
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Makes me glad I have the winter rides I do. Dry roads and the beautiful blue Pacific. Ahhhhh...
Life is just a bit different here.
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Awesome ride Portis. Looks like the midwest to me. Never seen the plains look so beautiful. That dirt road must have been a blast as long as no deep mud. Keep pedaling.
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Cool pics. Would love to see more winter ride pics from others as well. I'll try and remember to take my camera tomorrow.
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Cool pics. Would love to see more winter ride pics from others as well. I'll try and remember to take my camera tomorrow.

Yeah. Me too. Next.....
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It was 0 F and -15 to -20 F windchill here today. Rode 19 miles in about an hour and a half.


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Cool (literally) Photos Portis

I'll add a few of my commute pictures from this morning.

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Old 02-14-07, 02:31 PM   #18
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That looks COLD. How long is your commute?
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Old 02-14-07, 06:01 PM   #19
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That looks COLD. How long is your commute?
It wasn't too bad for temperature

My commute is 5 km one way. In the summer it takes 10 minutes, in the winter 20-25min

The longest I have ridden this winter is 2.5 hours at -27C
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It wasn't too bad for temperature

My commute is 5 km one way. In the summer it takes 10 minutes, in the winter 20-25min

The longest I have ridden this winter is 2.5 hours at -27C
Great photos. Is the mist over the river a common thing? Now I see what you mean about the white housing on the tailight.

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Portis ... I have the same trunk bag as you do ...... only mine doesn't look anywhere near that pristine anymore!


I don't have any winter cycling pictures because I haven't ridden outside since the end of December, but here's what I'm looking at when I head out the door. I guess I could ride a little on the sidewalk.

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oh how i wish i had a camera...

portis, you look kinda mad in the first picture!

i have to admit that after trying in vain to get traction on the unplowed street yesterday after the big dump of snow toronto got, i gave up and took to the sidewalk but at each intersection i had to jump off and RUN over big drifts of snow! it took three times as long, which made me late for my first day of a new job then my derailleurs froze for my ride home (usually i ride a SS) so it was even harder

ps. -32C.... i'd definitely wear goggles at that point. that's cold!
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oh how i wish i had a camera...

portis, you look kinda mad in the first picture!
Nah, just had ice on my eyelashes and sort of squinting.
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Nice!

Do you have any problems breathing through the balaclava? I usually end up leaving my mouth and nose exposed so I can get enough air.
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Great photos. Is the mist over the river a common thing? Now I see what you mean about the white housing on the tailight.

Isn't it hard to type with those gloves on?
You have that right, the white sticks out like a sore thumb

Mist on our river is a common thing when the temperature is below about -17C. When it gets colder there is lots of ice crystals in the air. Hopefully we get a good hoarfrost day yet.

As for typing with the gloves, voice recognition... Think Scotty in Star Trek IV, "Computer...."
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