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    It's started!

    Our first "real" snowfall of the year has arrived, not counting the couple centimetres we got two weeks ago. Only -6 Celsius, but -16 with the wind chill, and snow still coming down. Good thing I put the studs on last night! Even with them the bridges and main roads were dicey.

    On the pathway I was surprised how many other bikes I saw. My commute is in the opposite direction to the main traffic, and I lost count after 20+ bikes in the first kilometre.

    I overdressed like crazy, and had to stop three times - once to downgrade mitts, once to strip off a layer, and once to take a photo . My cell phone camera wasn't focusing in the cold/dark though, so here's a very blurry picture:

    2012-10-23 07.52.17.jpg

    Also: I found some polar fleece socks at the back of my closet, and managed to squeeze them in to my (laces loosened) regular bike shoes. Toes weren't cold at all, even though the ride took me an hour!

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    I too rode this morning and it was a lot of fun. My first ever ride in anything other than summer and I loved it. So quiet this morning along the Elbow River path, a little treacherous I suppose, but once on 4th Ave SW it was easy as pie.
    "Things are more like they are now than they ever were before." - Dwight Eisenhower

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    Come on! You don't need to take all the snow. When clouds arrive here there is nothing left.
    Easterns want snow too you know

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    Quote Originally Posted by erig007 View Post
    Come on! You don't need to take all the snow. When clouds arrive here there is nothing left.
    Easterns want snow too you know
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    Originally Posted by Leebo
    Headwind is like a hill without a soul. Just gear down and suffer.
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    Headwinds are hills dipped in evil!
    Tabarnac de vent!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by charbucks View Post
    Our first "real" snowfall of the year has arrived, not counting the couple centimetres we got two weeks ago. Only -6 Celsius, but -16 with the wind chill, and snow still coming down. Good thing I put the studs on last night! Even with them the bridges and main roads were dicey.

    On the pathway I was surprised how many other bikes I saw. My commute is in the opposite direction to the main traffic, and I lost count after 20+ bikes in the first kilometre.

    I overdressed like crazy, and had to stop three times - once to downgrade mitts, once to strip off a layer, and once to take a photo . My cell phone camera wasn't focusing in the cold/dark though, so here's a very blurry picture:

    2012-10-23 07.52.17.jpg

    Also: I found some polar fleece socks at the back of my closet, and managed to squeeze them in to my (laces loosened) regular bike shoes. Toes weren't cold at all, even though the ride took me an hour!
    How many miles was your ride one way?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    How many miles was your ride one way?
    6 miles, with one mid-sized hill (I think it's about 200 feet). It usually takes me about 35 minutes, so an hour is close to double.

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    You're a better man than I (regardless of actual gender. ). If it got that bad with any regularity, I'd have to go with a trike.

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    Arg. I was promised 60% chance of flurries on three days in the past week. Still nothing.

    I hate this time of year...there's little bits of ice here and there, so I want my studs, but it's 95% bare pavement, so I don't. End result is that I take the bus. It's killing me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Notso_fastLane View Post
    You're a better man than I (regardless of actual gender. ). If it got that bad with any regularity, I'd have to go with a trike.
    To be honest... I frequently work from home, and I take the bus when I'm lazy (free bus pass). I only end up biking about 3 days a week, and usually not when it's super cold. Yesterday was fun though!

    It's kind of funny to see how many Albertans are flocking to the winter cycling forum...

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    Give it! They are saying we will get some tonight/tomorrow but I think they are liars. Maybe this year will be different though. I want at least one good blizzard.

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    Chriskmurray, my twin lives down there and she reported snow last night. Did you ride today yet?

    This morning was awesome, but the sun is out now and I don't see how the snow will survive. Maybe we'll get some more tonight too

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