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Old 01-29-08, 10:44 AM   #26
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Hooray!!
Calgary finally got its long expected cold snap. My thermostat says -32C, with windchill we're probably breaking -40C. Commuting to work just got a whole lot more fun .
I winterized my biking shoes yesterday before work (read: duct tape, plastic bags and tin foil), and pulled out the balaclava. Haven't needed my ski goggles yet though...

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Old 01-29-08, 11:07 AM   #27
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That was the day before yesterday.

Ahhh, no wonder why it started off at 8F this morning and will be -10F by the time I get ready to leave. I have a feeling I'm going to lose against the 20mph winds.
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Old 01-29-08, 12:24 PM   #28
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Temps here in southern Finland have been 0C; once a week it drops to -10C.

And then rises above 0, I think right now its like +2C.
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Old 01-29-08, 06:51 PM   #29
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-36 C this morning.

Yargh !!
Yeah, I noticed. I walked 1.5 kms to the LRT in that.
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Hooray!!
Calgary finally got its long expected cold snap. My thermostat says -32C, with windchill we're probably breaking -40C. Commuting to work just got a whole lot more fun .
I winterized my biking shoes yesterday before work (read: duct tape, plastic bags and tin foil), and pulled out the balaclava. Haven't needed my ski goggles yet though...
Make sure you line your helmet with that tinfoil ya cold loving freak.



I have had my fill of cold.

Just 9 more sleeps...then I can be wet and cold.
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Old 01-29-08, 07:17 PM   #31
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at that temperature, even the cars that were plugged in wouldn't start.
I think those south of the 49th need a primer on why motor vehicles have electrical outlets hanging out of their grills.
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Old 01-29-08, 07:18 PM   #32
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And 16 more sleeps till I'm on a plane bound for somewhere nice and warm!
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A WIND CHILL WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH NOON WED FOR
ALL OF CNTL & S. MN & WEST CNTL WI.
BRISK NW WINDS & VERY COLD ARCTIC AIR WILL CAUSE
DANGEROUS WIND CHILL READINGS FROM 40 BELOW TO 45 BELOW OVERNIGHT
AND WED MORNING. WHEN VENTURING OUTDOORS.MAKE SURE TO
COVER AS MUCH FLESH AS POSSIBLE TO PREVENT FROST BITE.

-45F. Reminding myself to pull out the thick wool socks.
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Remember High School chemistry? The part where given a constant volume the pressure-temperature ratio will remain constant? Yeah, so filling up my rear shock two months ago, to 110 psi at room temperature (22c), means an inoperable shock at -35c two months later.

Even with that realization, the ride home wasn't bad, which makes me wonder why I accepted a ride in with the wife this morning. Took almost twice as long to get in.
I'm pretty sure your shock didn't work because you're not fat enough. Let me sit on your bike - I'm sure I can get that shock to move. As an alternative, perhaps the shock is broken. You should probably just get a new bike. Yeah... My wife took the bus today while I rode. I shaved about 10 minutes off my ride time, but don't tell her.
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BRISK NW WINDS & VERY COLD ARCTIC AIR WILL CAUSE
DANGEROUS WIND CHILL READINGS FROM 40 BELOW TO 45 BELOW OVERNIGHT
AND WED MORNING. WHEN VENTURING OUTDOORS.MAKE SURE TO
COVER AS MUCH FLESH AS POSSIBLE TO PREVENT FROST BITE.

-45F. Reminding myself to pull out the thick wool socks.
Wow, I thought I was hardening but it's like summer here compared to that!
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Hooray!!
Calgary finally got its long expected cold snap. My thermostat says -32C, with windchill we're probably breaking -40C. Commuting to work just got a whole lot more fun .
I winterized my biking shoes yesterday before work (read: duct tape, plastic bags and tin foil), and pulled out the balaclava. Haven't needed my ski goggles yet though...
I can't do it, sorry, but I just can't do it. At that temp and the clothing necessary, it would take 90 minutes to get in. It would take a further 30 minutes to recover.
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I can't do it, sorry, but I just can't do it. At that temp and the clothing necessary, it would take 90 minutes to get in. It would take a further 30 minutes to recover.
Cold is a good motivation to bike hard and keep the heart rate up.

In terms of clothing, a good layering system is all you need.
Here's what I wore on Tuesday (-34C on the thermometer):
- Polartec long johns and shirt (warm and good for wicking moisture)
- long sleeved fleece shirt
- wool socks
- waterproof breathable shell: jacket and pants
- winterized skate shoes (I'm a poor student)
- full face balaclava (so I look like one of those counterterrorist types)

I keep all the gear folded and in a pile next to my knapsack so that I can be dressed in literally two minutes. HTFU wussies!
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Cold is a good motivation to bike hard and keep the heart rate up.

In terms of clothing, a good layering system is all you need.
Here's what I wore on Tuesday (-34C on the thermometer):
- Polartec long johns and shirt (warm and good for wicking moisture)
- long sleeved fleece shirt
- wool socks
- waterproof breathable shell: jacket and pants
- winterized skate shoes (I'm a poor student)
- full face balaclava (so I look like one of those counterterrorist types)

I keep all the gear folded and in a pile next to my knapsack so that I can be dressed in literally two minutes. HTFU wussies!
I think I can consider myself to be as hard as they come but this week still sucked on a level I have never experienced.

Perhaps that stems from not only having to ride in this frozen hell but also having to spend a good amount of time working in it.

Thankfully... I only have three more working days before I escape.
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I think I can consider myself to be as hard as they come but this week still sucked on a level I have never experienced.

Perhaps that stems from not only having to ride in this frozen hell but also having to spend a good amount of time working in it.

Thankfully... I only have three more working days before I escape.
Winter commuting can definitely become a chore. Fortunately, I'm pretty good at embracing the inner Stoic.

Are you leaving for some sultry southern clime?
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I'm going to the NAHBS in Portland.

It will be a trifle sultrier than it is here.
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I cycled through the winters for quite a few years in Winnipeg (where it was like this most of the winter) and I was OK with it. But I've become soft since I moved to Alberta. The last couple winters haven't been bad at all ... and then we were hit with this! I must say it has been a rather frustrating week.

I walk to the LRT ... so I have to be dressed for that so I don't freeze anything on the way there. And then I sit in classes that vary in temperature from freezing to boiling hot. So if I overdress, I could be melting in my classrooms ... if I underdress I could be freezing on the way to the LRT, and then freezing in the classrooms. I had a bit of trouble getting it right.

I'm really looking forward to warmer weather ... I'm gone from Valentine's Day to the beginning of March, so I hope that by the beginning of March we start to see a general warming trend.

Have a good trip Sixty-Five!
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