Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 88
  1. #1
    Bicycle Repair Man !!! Sixty Fiver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    YEG
    My Bikes
    See my sig...
    Posts
    26,376
    Mentioned
    20 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)

    The Winter Report...

    I do believe that I am seriously in need of an intervention as it is November 10th and there has not been a hint of precipitation save for a few raindrops last night.

    It has been a little cool with the night time temps dropping to -10C / 25F but things are dry as dust here.

    Taught a winter cycling class last night and took the new winter bike to use as a demonstrator which was good for a road test but dang... it would have been nice to have seen a little snow.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Michigan
    My Bikes
    Trek 730, Bike Friday NWT, Brompton M6R, Trek 830, Dahon HAT 060, ...
    Posts
    1,466
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    We had a glimmer of hope here today, but then it disappeared as soon as it fell. Last year, if I remember correctly, it fell on Nov 15 and stayed until spring.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Regina, SK
    My Bikes
    2009 Trek 520
    Posts
    963
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    We got our first snow last Saturday night. This week has been an excellent refresher as I've had to deal with virtually every conceivable type of road condition. Loose snow Sunday, mix of loose and packed on unplowed streets Monday, and increasingly icy, slushy, brown sugar, refrozen slush ... through the remainder of the week. And today the spring-like, two tire tracks clear to the pavement with lumps of melting packed snow in the center and to both sides.

    I really hate the car churned loose snow. A few times I'm going along then suddenly my wheel is turned 45 degees to the side, stops rolling and just skids sideways, which requires a very quick correction.

    Here's a video from Sunday out in the fresh snow using a pole mount attached to my head tube. While I was riding the camera looked like it was bouncing too much, but the video looks fine.


  4. #4
    Junior Member Twonutz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Southern Ontario
    My Bikes
    Norco CCX1, Kona Unit
    Posts
    15
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Great video!
    I'm chomping at the bit too, as my new winter ride is all built up, and not even a threat of snow!

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Edmonton
    Posts
    196
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Welp, you asked for it (so did I, actually), and it was coming down... but doesn't seem to be sticking around yet. We'll see come morning.

  6. #6
    Bicycle Repair Man !!! Sixty Fiver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    YEG
    My Bikes
    See my sig...
    Posts
    26,376
    Mentioned
    20 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by boro View Post
    Welp, you asked for it (so did I, actually), and it was coming down... but doesn't seem to be sticking around yet. We'll see come morning.
    Snoooooooooow !!!

    Looks like it will stay until tomorrow when it warms up.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    187
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    We got our first round Tuesday of about 3 or 4 inches wet heavy stuff. What a way to beak ones cherry. That was hard work! But it's all gone now and I'm enjoying a nice 50f day on my road bike.

    fasthair

  8. #8
    Bicycle Repair Man !!! Sixty Fiver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    YEG
    My Bikes
    See my sig...
    Posts
    26,376
    Mentioned
    20 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    Got a little ice testing done today... was like riding on dry pavement with the studs.

  9. #9
    totally louche Bekologist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    A land that time forgot
    My Bikes
    the ever shifting stable loaded with comfortable road bikes and city and winter bikes
    Posts
    18,026
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    extra time for us procrastinators with the need to set the studs in their new winter tires.

    With snow in the air, got a set for a winter rider for my GF and was out setting in the studs earlier this week...

    setting in the studs.jpg

    lack of snow early on is not as bad as the snow that lingers will into the spring....
    Last edited by Bekologist; 11-12-11 at 04:25 PM.
    "Evidence, anecdote and methodology all support planning for roadway bike traffic."

  10. #10
    tsl
    tsl is offline
    Plays in traffic tsl's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Rochester, NY
    My Bikes
    1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
    Posts
    6,553
    Mentioned
    12 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Autumn keeps fighting back here. After a cool, wet October, we're having a generally warm, sunny and dry November. Yeah, we got a few minutes of passing snow pellets on Friday, and today was a little gusty out, but all in all, November is working out fine so far.

    With the extended outlook showing November-like weather not returning until Thanksgiving, my Nokians are still resting comfortably in the basement, and I'm riding my roadies for everything they're worth.
    My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything.
    The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library.—Peter Golkin


    Lucky for me, I work at a library and bike to work.

  11. #11
    Fat Guy Rolling dcrowell's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Louisville Kentucky
    My Bikes
    Bacchetta Agio, 80s Raleigh Record single-speed, Surly Big Dummy
    Posts
    2,439
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm glad I live farther south. I went on a wonderful 100k populaire ride today through "distillery country" of the bluegrass. We stopped at four distilleries. One was offering free tasting, but I'm not a huge bourbon fan.

    Winter? It was probably in the mid-50s. It was quite windy though.
    Car-Free IT Geek
    My blog: fatguy.org

    Bikes: Surly Big Dummy, 1980s Raleigh Record single-speed conversion, Bacchetta Agio

  12. #12
    totally louche Bekologist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    A land that time forgot
    My Bikes
    the ever shifting stable loaded with comfortable road bikes and city and winter bikes
    Posts
    18,026
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    avisign.jpg

    later in the year

    junkersnow.jpg



    snowbank1.jpg......
    "Evidence, anecdote and methodology all support planning for roadway bike traffic."

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Regina, SK
    My Bikes
    2009 Trek 520
    Posts
    963
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    vlcsnap-2011-11-20.jpg

    Snow, -20C, full-on frosty sweater ... yup feels like winter.

    But in a couple days we're going to be above freezing again. Quite frankly I'm not looking forward to it, because all that means is wet roads and brown sugar. The morning ride for tomorrow will be -23C and then the ride home will be -6C. Right now the roads are just about perfectly packed for riding, but the warm weather will just end up creating a bunch of ice.

  14. #14
    totally louche Bekologist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    A land that time forgot
    My Bikes
    the ever shifting stable loaded with comfortable road bikes and city and winter bikes
    Posts
    18,026
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    ...round here, the white ice has started forming on the side streets. Finally had cause to run the studs this morning.

    A bout of warm weather might remove it, but I'm expecting slick till March.
    "Evidence, anecdote and methodology all support planning for roadway bike traffic."

  15. #15
    Senior Member MNBikeCommuter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Minnesota
    My Bikes
    Cannondale '92 T600 '95 H600 '01 RT1000
    Posts
    540
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    We got our first taste yesterday and it looks like it'll be around for tomorrow's commute, so I checked out the hybrid today. It hadn't seen daylight since last March. Other than the chain, both sets of brakes, and front derailleur being frozen, it wasn't in bad shape. :-) The chain and brakes were solvable, but the front derailleur is beyond hope after almost 17k winter miles. A 23 mile ride confirmed it's ready to go for tomorrow. The studded tires "did their thing," although it's certainly not like riding in July. I did freak out a neighbor walking his dog when I bombed down the sheer ice hill just before our cul de sac. I had to stop for him to admire the tires. :-)

  16. #16
    gbg
    gbg is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    628
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    I do believe that I am seriously in need of an intervention as it is November 10th and there has not been a hint of precipitation save for a few raindrops last night.

    It has been a little cool with the night time temps dropping to -10C / 25F but things are dry as dust here.

    Taught a winter cycling class last night and took the new winter bike to use as a demonstrator which was good for a road test but dang... it would have been nice to have seen a little snow.
    You must be using the modified Celsius system, -10C is 14F where I come from.

  17. #17
    totally louche Bekologist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    A land that time forgot
    My Bikes
    the ever shifting stable loaded with comfortable road bikes and city and winter bikes
    Posts
    18,026
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    10c:18f, +/- 32.
    "Evidence, anecdote and methodology all support planning for roadway bike traffic."

  18. #18
    gbg
    gbg is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    628
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Bekologist View Post
    10c:18f, +/- 32.
    Now that's really screwed up!!

    -10C * 9 / 5 + 32 = 14F

    +10C * 9 /5 +32 = 50F

  19. #19
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Regina, SK
    My Bikes
    2009 Trek 520
    Posts
    963
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Videos from today's ride. I also posted them in the commuting forum.




    Shot using a GoPro and a camera mount I built by blatantly ripping off a design I saw online. Its a 3 foot piece of 3/4" square aluminum tubing with a GoPro tripod mount on one end and a Manfrotto 035 super clamp which attaches to the head tube. I'm not sure that clamp would work on every head tube as I can't get it to fit on my touring bike.
    IMG_1250b.JPG

  20. #20
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Utah
    My Bikes
    Trek Mondane 5.9,Scott CR1 Pro, Kona Jake The Snake, LeMond Zurich, Raleigh Mojave 8.0
    Posts
    1,273
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well we got snow this weekend and I reluctantly took out the heavy old MB with the studded tires. Sucks going from a 17 lb road bike to a 40+ lb MB. Went out on the backup road bike this morning for a long ride with temps well under 20 f. Blew a tire at mile 30 and was not able to repair. Went back out later on the CX bike for another 23 miles with temps still in the 20s.

    The view along the route:

    icy2.jpg

    The cold looking but actually comfortable biker... and yes that is ice in my mustache and beard!

    icy.jpg


    Steel is real.... cheap and comfy!
    2000 LeMond Zurich, 2003 Kona Jake The Snake, 2008 Raleigh Mojave 8.0, 2009 Scott CR1 Pro, 2011 Trek 5.9,

  21. #21
    Bicycle Repair Man !!! Sixty Fiver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    YEG
    My Bikes
    See my sig...
    Posts
    26,376
    Mentioned
    20 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    Last few days have been brutally cold with the temps dropping to nearly - 30c but have been off the bike and my feet for a few days with a bad ankle sprain.

    It is supposed to get above freezing by Tuesday so we will also be looking at a lot of slush... hoping I will be able to move around soon as a couch potato I am not.

  22. #22
    totally louche Bekologist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    A land that time forgot
    My Bikes
    the ever shifting stable loaded with comfortable road bikes and city and winter bikes
    Posts
    18,026
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I hate slush.

    Quote Originally Posted by gbg View Post
    Now that's really screwed up!!

    -10C * 9 / 5 + 32 = 14F

    +10C * 9 /5 +32 = 50F
    it may be a little screwed up, but 10:18 is the same ratio as 9:5 and much easier to do the math.

    not clear why 10:18 never caught on versus the 5:9 reduction.

    if its 10 below zero celsius, its 18 below zero fahrenheit.

    if its 10 above zero celsius, its 18 above zero fahrenheit.

    I lobby for 10:18 as the ratio when converting temps.
    "Evidence, anecdote and methodology all support planning for roadway bike traffic."

  23. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Romania
    Posts
    161
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It would be simpler to just use Celsius.

  24. #24
    totally louche Bekologist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    A land that time forgot
    My Bikes
    the ever shifting stable loaded with comfortable road bikes and city and winter bikes
    Posts
    18,026
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Celsius always sounds colder until its 40 below.
    "Evidence, anecdote and methodology all support planning for roadway bike traffic."

  25. #25
    Bicycle Repair Man !!! Sixty Fiver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    YEG
    My Bikes
    See my sig...
    Posts
    26,376
    Mentioned
    20 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    Balmy -5 c today and decided to test the ankle... walking is still a problem but the pootling in the snow was fine as the clips don't let my ankle turn in the direction that makes the room spin.

    Felt good to move after being stuck on the couch for three days.

Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •