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Old 01-04-05, 01:30 AM   #1
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A few days ago, there was freezing rain, followed by snow. The surface of our local lakes have no loose, or drifting snow, but afford enough traction to ride over them moderately quickly, on a road bike without studded tires. Get away from the salt, the sand, the noise, the crowds. Get thee to your local lake! Don't mind the weird outerspace-like sounds that the ice makes. I think those sounds will be there unless the ice is frozen all the way down.
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A few days ago, there was freezing rain, followed by snow. The surface of our local lakes have no loose, or drifting snow, but afford enough traction to ride over them moderately quickly, on a road bike without studded tires. Get away from the salt, the sand, the noise, the crowds. Get thee to your local lake! Don't mind the weird outerspace-like sounds that the ice makes. I think those sounds will be there unless the ice is frozen all the way down.
I think it's been a little warm for me to want to ride on any of the lakes here (I'm in Uptown). I'm sick of the salt and the sand, too. Went down hard on Hennepin on Saturday night, knee still screams when I bend it wrong, but is fine most of the time...
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I think it's been a little warm for me to want to ride on any of the lakes here (I'm in Uptown). I'm sick of the salt and the sand, too. Went down hard on Hennepin on Saturday night, knee still screams when I bend it wrong, but is fine most of the time...
Sorry about the bang up. I fell last night, about 60 secs after telling someone at work not to worry about me, because I fall less than once a year, and this crap wasn't going to pull me down. I didn't get hurt, as I was barely moving, but my buddy, with whom I was riding, won't let me forget this one for a long time.

As for the lakes, I think that they're solid. There have been icehouses, skaters, skiers, and a group of people huddled around a sled over the past couple of days. I can certainly appreciate your caution, however. Get Godzilla to scout the ice for you or something, because ya just shouldn't be forced to be a landlubber, when there is so much peace, and beauty, and fun, out there.
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Sorry about the bang up. I fell last night, about 60 secs after telling someone at work not to worry about me, because I fall less than once a year, and this crap wasn't going to pull me down. I didn't get hurt, as I was barely moving, but my buddy, with whom I was riding, won't let me forget this one for a long time.

As for the lakes, I think that they're solid. There have been icehouses, skaters, skiers, and a group of people huddled around a sled over the past couple of days. I can certainly appreciate your caution, however. Get Godzilla to scout the ice for you or something, because ya just shouldn't be forced to be a landlubber, when there is so much peace, and beauty, and fun, out there.
I fell 4 times on Saturday. The last one was the only one that hurt. It got me a free shot. One of the others I wasn't even on the bike. It was treacherous on Sat. As far as the ice, I worry about the fact that it's been warm then cold lately - I'd prefer to wait until it's been negative for at least a week before hitting the lakes. Plus most of them are out of my way - my commute is pretty much straight down Nicolette then through downtown to Washington.

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i am going to Florida on Sat. so sometime before then.. Fri. maybe

ps. sorry to hear about you barplugs HereNT those were sweet.. i bet they are eather at the cyclocross spot or on hennepin ave

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They're probably way down the river now - I think it was Henn, and they've dumped all the snow from there into the river...

Maybe Sat 2 weeks from now? I'm most likely going to be too wasted to ride on Friday.
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Old 01-04-05, 06:49 PM   #9
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i would prefer this week.. thursday then? if not then in 2..
you down iceratt?
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lol...when my lake freezes (lake erie) you would need a motocross bike to even imagine getting around on it. just not gonnna happen around here lol. 4 wheelers..snowmobiles....icebreaking coast guard ships yeah...but any kind of bicycle pretty much is inconcievable. too bad i dont live by a sissy lake like you jj man. thats a good idea, until you join the polar bear club involuntarily.
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Old 01-04-05, 11:51 PM   #11
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i would prefer this week.. thursday then? if not then in 2..
you down iceratt?
I down, if you can wait untio 12:30 AM( I'm on child care duty, until my wife gets home). Thursday or Friday, any time before 4PM, works too, as the monsters are in school. I'll throw in some beer that's more flamable than jet fuel, if I've gotten my new surly, which I ordered from one on one, yesterday. We could meet at Dunn Bros, near Henn/ Lake.
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lol...icebreaking coast guard ships yeah...but any kind of bicycle pretty much is inconcievable. too bad i dont live by a sissy lake like you jj man. thats a good idea, until you join the polar bear club involuntarily.
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Hey, I grew up in Cleveland, a short stones throw from The Greatest Lake on Earth. Some of my fondest memories are of playing on the masses of ice that would pile up off shore. I'm sure that that was dangerous, but I never thought about it at the time.
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I down, if you can wait untio 12:30 AM
That's only 2 hours after I get off of work, and rattking doesn't work at this particular juncture. I think we can work something out. I'm too drunk to think about it right now...
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Dang, I was so hoping for a thread about the NHL lockout ending.
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I was hoping for a thread that was actually about riding on the ice. Not about 2 guys trying to arrange a date.
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I was hoping for a thread that was actually about riding on the ice. Not about 2 guys trying to arrange a date.
Nor about Hockey. I rode for an hour and 1/2 on three inches of ice/snow this morning. Having the studs on, i was reminded that Ice is not really a problem. Loose snow that breaks away and trys to take your front wheel with it is. The best place to ride is where there is nice undisturbed snow. THe streets suck because they are treated and even though it was below 0 F windchill, the treated streets allow the snow to squish beneath the wheels. It sucks when the front wheel takes off on ya.



There is an extra couple inches of snow on top of that by now so tomorrow morning should be a blast.
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12:30 am, I'm getting off about that time, is that tomorrow night, or Friday then?
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Tomorrow, supposedly. I have the feeling I might be working that late too. Friday's my birthday, so I'm going to be far too thrashed to go riding on a lake.

You still down Rattking? Iceratt? When and where?
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Ever heard of PM? E-mail? Telephone?
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Ever heard of PM? E-mail? Telephone?
Have used all three with PM being the most frequent. I have in fact used it referencing this thread, to more than one person. But this is not just a couple people that know each other trying to get out and ride on the lakes, this is a call for anyone in Minneapolis that wants to get out on the lakes on the ice. If we did not discuss it here, there might be people who want to go riding on a lake at 12:30am tomorrow morning, but don't know that there are other people who want to do that, too...

Ever hear of 'Chill Pills'?
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I suppose that we could have started another thread that was Mpls specific, however, this aspect of the thread will soon end. Thursday night 12:30-12:45, I'll try to drag a weber grill, marshmallows, and some beer, to party with out in the middle of the lake. We can meet at Bryant Lake Bowl, so people aren't just standing around waiting in the cold. I can't promise that I will work the grill on to my trailer, but concider bringing weenies, just in case. After this, anyone else interested can PM. Sorry, rest of the world, us up here, just don't know any better.
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I was hoping for a thread that was actually about riding on the ice..
Hey I can handle that. Today on my way to work, I noticed that there weren't any other people on Lake Hariet, but I thought that I'd take a "short cut", and cut across 1/3 of this lake with a 3 mile diameter. A couple days previous, I heard the usual weird, outerspace-like sounds, but not this time. It's gotten a lot colder, and the ice was eerily quiet. There were a lot of spider cracks criss-crossing the ice, which made me a little nervous, but hey, a continued deep freeze, should be making everything safer, right. Well, I got really scared when I heard one sharp crack, when I was way out there. I stopped momentarily, but what am I really going to do? I prayed my atheist prayer, and started pedaling again. I made landfall, with no further excitement.

What's it like riding on the lakes in the mitten state? Are you riding on snow pack, sheer ice, or something in-between?

Who here knows how to read the sounds and cracks of the ice? As ice is buffetted by the wind, currents, and building ice, It's going to crack to make room for more ice. I figure that the cracks will immediately refreeze. I feel fairly certain that I was safe, in part because I've seen so many others out there, before Wednesday, but I'm not 100% sure.
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It's been warm here the last couple days so no lake fun for me. We have 3 relatively small interconnecting lakes in this town and they're a blast to ride on. Maybe in a couple days when the temperature dips more.
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I have followed cracks in the ice for miles but never fell in. (I will admit that I'm a little paranoid about ice, but I did break through once, but not by a crack.) The ice in Mich. should be good today--I'm on my way to find out now. It had melted so there was water on the surface of the ice, but should have refrozen by now. Has anyone ever seen the snow so deep that the weight (pressure) of it actually melted the ice even in very cold weather?
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Has anyone ever seen the snow so deep that the weight (pressure) of it actually melted the ice even in very cold weather?
I think that's called a glacier.
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