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erig007 02-05-14 01:15 PM

When there is a hole in my merino wool gloves i use silicone rubber (of the proper color). It fills the hole, last longer than sewing, protect against cold, reinforce the glove and save me a few bucks on new gloves. To do that i put tape on the other side where the hole is then stretch the glove finger on a stick then apply silicone then let it dry.

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79pmooney 11-21-14 11:54 PM

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Originally Posted by AngrySaki (Post 10146649)
I like the tips & tricks thread in the touring forum, and I think one would be useful here.
Here's a few tricks that worked for me:

Cold feet:
I moved my panniers from the back of my bike to the front using a low rider rack, so they block a lot of the wind on my feet which helps keep them warm. So far it hasn't affected my stability enough to be a problem.

Low Riders will not affect your stability for the worse. On the contrary, if you load them, they will make your bike more stable. I used to carry books I did not need in the bad Ann Arbor winter days. Stabilised the steering so all I had to worry about uphill was my rear tire. Helps a lot in ice and snow.

Ben

79pmooney 11-22-14 12:22 AM

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Originally Posted by alanf (Post 16452131)
I used to live in Northern Canada and I enjoyed driving my road bike on top of the snow where the skidoos had pressed it down firm. Also when it is really cold, the ice on the roads would be coated with a sandpaper like frost so by being careful, I drove all winter with my road bike slicks.

First year I put screws in my tires but it was like driving uphill all the time so I got rid of them. Gradually I discovered that as long as you are careful you can drive on whatever you like.

As you mentioned grease does freeze and I found that lower than -25 C (-13 F) the chain wasn't too interested in switching gears. By -35 c (-31 F) switching gears was very difficult. Probably would be a good idea to flush the chain in a solvent or diesel to get the crud off first because that is what makes it stiff in the cold, then lube it with something light like WD40.

Fix gears have two qualities that make them uniquely suited for those conditions. One (actually this is true for all non-derailleur bikes) is that the chain just runs over two cogs. The conditon of the chaim makes very little difference, excepth that when you have frozen links, you need to slide the wheel forward to get the proper slack. I never rode in cold like you have, but the salt in Michigan and Massachusetts did a number on chains and no one had there outside hose bibs on to wash the bike.

And, for comfort: fix gears are far warmer to ride downhill!

Ben

johnbobsmithy22 12-02-15 03:35 PM

Anyone know of any good ninja face masks for riding as a delivery boy that are relatively cheap?

BikingZombie 12-02-15 05:48 PM

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Originally Posted by johnbobsmithy22 (Post 18361263)
Anyone know of any good ninja face masks for riding as a delivery boy that are relatively cheap?

what's your price point? max?
I like Ergodyne products

scoatw 12-02-15 07:41 PM

Check your local big box sporting goods stores and /or ebay. They have a good selection of balaclavas, most with free shipping.

KLW2 09-28-16 06:08 PM

Keep the inside of your wrists where the veins/arteries are close to the surface, covered and warm. You wil be surprised at how much warmer your hands will be.....

RiPHRaPH 11-15-16 06:22 PM

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Originally Posted by tero (Post 10147567)
I wore latex gloves under my regular gloves this morning (temperatures were around 15F). Fingers were a bit chilly at first, but very warm after the 15 minutes of riding.

I had read that the latex gloves would help by blocking wind. In my case, they worked more like a wetsuit. The warm sweat from my hands insulated my fingers perfectly.

Now, if only they made latex socks, I'd be golden.


use the non-latex glove a size slightly larger than snug. That will work much better. Target has a non-latex glove (blue nitrile)... you never know when a proctology exam will break out on a ride.

Or if you have a mechanical, you can work without your gloves.

bike_galpal 11-23-16 02:34 AM

anyone have a general opinion on 700c/29er vs 26er for winter riding? assuming everything else is the same (obviously i can get fatter knobby 26" tires for a cheap winter build)

2manybikes 11-30-16 10:37 AM

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Originally Posted by bike_galpal (Post 19208916)
anyone have a general opinion on 700c/29er vs 26er for winter riding? assuming everything else is the same (obviously i can get fatter knobby 26" tires for a cheap winter build)

Fatter knobbier tires work better in snow.

Studded tires are...
better on ice
the same on snow
worse on the pavement

Fat studded tires with low pressure work better on ice like refrozen walkways or paths with 3" deep hard ice footprints.
I go straight over them. about 15 psi in the front and 18 -20 in the back. It's slow but fun.

bike_galpal 12-04-16 08:29 PM

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Originally Posted by 2manybikes (Post 19222624)
Fatter knobbier tires work better in snow.

Studded tires are...
better on ice
the same on snow
worse on the pavement

Fat studded tires with low pressure work better on ice like refrozen walkways or paths with 3" deep hard ice footprints.
I go straight over them. about 15 psi in the front and 18 -20 in the back. It's slow but fun.

you didn't answer my question at all. i'm asking specifically about 700c vs 26" assuming everything else is the same


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