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Old 11-10-11, 10:11 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 11-10-11, 11:15 PM   #2
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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.
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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.

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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.

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Got a little ice testing done today... was like riding on dry pavement with the studs.
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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...



lack of snow early on is not as bad as the snow that lingers will into the spring....
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Old 11-12-11, 05:25 PM   #10
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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.
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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.
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later in the year





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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.
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...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.
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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. :-)
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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.
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10c:18f, +/- 32.
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10c:18f, +/- 32.
Now that's really screwed up!!

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

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

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




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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.
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I hate slush.

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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.
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It would be simpler to just use Celsius.
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Celsius always sounds colder until its 40 below.
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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.
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