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Old 12-10-10, 08:26 PM   #426
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i'm glad i don't live where you do. i don't own a snow blower but i do own a full size pick-up truck and a welder.
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Old 12-11-10, 01:02 AM   #427
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found it in my basement, it was leftover from a trade show, one of those give-away bags that never get used in everyday life. I cut off a corner and re-sewed it to fit my frame. added four straps to tie it to the top tube and one for the seat tube. you can see some safety pins where i havent finished sewing yet.
I like this idea. Just the other day while making my panniers I was thinking of making a bag to store bike tools in. I think I'm going to plan something and make it by the end of the week. I like to have specific bags for specific things in specific areas, haha. I hate having my tools in the bottom of one of my panniers with all the bungee cords and stuff. Only problem for me though, 29" inner-tubes are not very small and don't pack down too well.
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Old 12-11-10, 01:17 AM   #428
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Got some extreme weather this week - more than 100 cm (40 inches) of snow over a 3-day period. The accumulation was so much that I was unable to ride. Nothing short of a Pugsley would have done for the conditions we experienced, and even that would have been a stretch. I was able to commute to work today; the main arteries were mostly clear, but side roads made for some hairy riding. Here are some pics illustrating the dumping we got:
Now that is a lot of snow. Toronto area rarely gets that much.
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Old 12-11-10, 11:01 AM   #429
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i'm glad i don't live where you do. i don't own a snow blower but i do own a full size pick-up truck and a welder.
There were days this past week that I wish I had your setup... with a plow attached to the front! It would have done the job a lot more quickly than my snowblower did.
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We got a little more snow over the past few days and it continues to come down but we have only got a few inches of it... we don't often get the big dumps of snow people get in the east.
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Old 12-11-10, 03:48 PM   #431
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There were days this past week that I wish I had your setup... with a plow attached to the front! It would have done the job a lot more quickly than my snowblower did.
i don't have a plow but i could build something to push snow in about an hour.
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I went for a little ride in the snow yesterday





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Old 12-13-10, 11:12 PM   #434
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Mounted a Continental Cyclocross Race 700x35 on the rear of my fixed gear tonight. It is sweet and looks neat. After riding with a friend with my completely slick 25mm on the rear, I picked this up big difference....now to lower the gearing and get pics.....this thingis a beast, no longer gets stuck haha
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finally, we (toronto) got dumped on.
although I took this picture in etobicoke.
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Old 12-14-10, 07:12 PM   #436
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finally, we (toronto) got dumped on.
although I took this picture in etobicoke.
I like that trunk bag....what kind is it?
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I like that trunk bag....what kind is it?
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mec rackpack backpack.
good amount of zippered pockets to keep everything sorted.
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My new Pugsley.
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mec rackpack backpack.
good amount of zippered pockets to keep everything sorted.
Love MEC stuff! I just wish we had a store closer to us; I've ordered a bunch of their stuff online, but I like to be able to try on clothes before purchasing them. I look forward to trips with my wife to IKEA in Burlington since MEC is right down the road. I have yet to visit the Toronto store.
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My new Pugsley.
Jealous!
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Just got home after working late...



Don't really need a kickstand...

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Old 12-15-10, 01:05 PM   #442
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UL easy on Studs, will it work?

Will it work?


Studs? by mmeiser2, on Flickr

You should know I already have 150 miles testing out a zip tie on my rear wheel. The only issue was a little sidewall chaffing, but a bit of duct tape seems to have resolved that.

The other option I had initially passed over was braided rope, but I've been reading about some old crampon techniques, and if the rope is porus enough it becomes permiated with snow and ice and actually ends up giving very good traction.
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Old 12-16-10, 02:09 PM   #443
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Eleanor -

My bike Eleanor all "tarted up" in reflective tape. Right now my only bike but will be relegated to winter-loaner status once I upgrade!

I've also since added some homebrew studded tires, which are crazy grippy in the testing I've done around my place (near Barrie, Ontario). Still need to add fenders though...



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Got some extreme weather this week - more than 100 cm (40 inches) of snow over a 3-day period. The accumulation was so much that I was unable to ride. Nothing short of a Pugsley would have done for the conditions we experienced, and even that would have been a stretch. I was able to commute to work today; the main arteries were mostly clear, but side roads made for some hairy riding. Here are some pics illustrating the dumping we got:


My belt drive/IGH bike made short work of the snow today


Norco knows how to make bikes for Canadian winters



Is that a single speed?
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My new Pugsley.
Totally not jealous. Seriously, I'm not jealous at all. Nope, not one shred of jealousy over here, none at all (Okay, maybe I'm a little bit jealous).

At least I can soothe my not-jealousy with my new Alfine 8 drivetrain.



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Two winter bikes for the price on one, both mine and the Lady's hanging out on the rack:



And my rack stays and fender brackets just arrived in the mail! Off to finish the build...
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Old 12-16-10, 09:55 PM   #446
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My new Pugsley.
Awesome looking bike, and picture ! Richard
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Old 12-16-10, 10:07 PM   #447
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Mine is more in the beater bracket than Griddlecakes, and the guy with the new Pugsley...LOL..
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Don't look like a beater to me, Richard, that Trek looks like it's in fine shape. That blue bike on my rack is a Trek 3700, it was the first new bike that I purchased as an adult. I rode the heck out of that bike, then gave it to the Lady G'Cakes when I upgraded to a disc-compatible frame. It's been her daily commuter and trail bike ever since, and if I had to guess I'd say that it has at least 30k miles on it. And it's still rolling smooth.
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Totally not jealous. Seriously, I'm not jealous at all. Nope, not one shred of jealousy over here, none at all (Okay, maybe I'm a little bit jealous).

At least I can soothe my not-jealousy with my new Alfine 8 drivetrain.
Hey GriddleCakes, how are you liking the Alfine 8?

I've had mine since August, and it's been rock solid except that my shifter cable has been insta-freezing as soon as I take it outside ever since the temperature has dropped below -10C/14F.

I have one of these chain guards on mine:
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My new Pugsley.
Want... if I was to ever buy a new bike, this would be it.

Might have to build one up with that new Shimano 11 speed.
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