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Old 11-21-16, 06:09 AM
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It was a bit chilly last night on the way in, about 50F. I love the south.
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Cold enough this morning that I went for the bigger mittens and balaclava and of course tights and warmer socks too. 29F for my 7am start.

Short week with the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday and Friday. That's good, but what will it do to my mileage and weekly average?!?
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Old 11-21-16, 08:38 AM
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22 degrees this morning. After we received our 7 inches of snow on Friday, the city didn't plow the streets because, "it's supposed to get warm this weekend and it should all melt off quickly."

Well, it didn't get warm, and it didn't melt off. What it did do was turn all the roads into frozen chunks of rutted ice. The middle of the lanes on the more heavily traveled streets are better due to traffic wearing down the ice, but the side streets were terrible. I was hoping I could switch back to the hybrid this morning, but stuck with the winter bike with studded tires.

Thankfully they did decide to plow the MUP so I was able to ride 2.5 miles on fairly clear pavement. There were still lots of patches of ice but no huge ruts like out on the street.
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Old 11-21-16, 08:44 AM
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Upper 20s for my commute as well, close to my coldest commute for this fall. The wind is blowing right out of the north, so I had a decent tailwind much of the way. Fortunately, the wind has cleared out all of the smoke from wildfires in western NC, at least for the time being. I had a tough ride home last Friday as heavy smoke moved into our part of the state during the day, and the air pollution was not good. I had a sore throat by the time I got home and eyes were watering a lot.
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29 here this morning. Wasn't terrible though. After a few seasons you master the layering technique.
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Old 11-21-16, 09:08 AM
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First day it was 'Cold' here, with a capital C. Still have yet to see 'F'ing Cold' and 'This Was A Bad Idea' types of cold this year yet.
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Old 11-21-16, 09:54 AM
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Yup, we have seasonably cold weather now. It is about 38ºF, and it is very windy. Very, very windy. Windy, I say. It's also damp and overcast. It's not a day that invites us to be outside. Yet I figured if I dressed well, I would be OK, and I was right. The report was that the wind was coming from the southwest, which is rare for mornings, and it's also ideal for me. As I expected, the wind is very gusty and shifty. I think I had a tail wind most of the way, but I did face gusts in my face as well as lots of crosswinds. It takes quick reflexes to handle all the quick changes. I have my panniers on the front of my bike now, and while it means I have to steer the bike hard to put it back on course, it also resists turning in the first place, and overall, I like it a lot.

Here are my GPS tracks. My average speed is a little lower than usual, but come to think of it, that's normal for winter. I can't complain. I really didn't push myself, either. I concentrated on being comfortable.

Yesterday was even worse. I sang in a concert, which is something I do a few times a year. I rode Citi Bike about five miles to the concert in my all-black clothes. A small woman near me in traffic, also on a Citi Bike, shrieked of alarm when a crosswind hit her. After she passed the corner, the wind picked up a city garbage can, very heavy metal, and flung it into the street, right through the space where she just was. The can landed in the middle of the big avenue. Pretty ominous. But we both survived. I see these things as adventures.
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You got our wind from a couple days ago, it seems. It was REALLY gusty here Friday/Saturday. 26F but relatively calm this morning, and very bright and sunny. Not a bad ride.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Here are my GPS tracks. My average speed is a little lower than usual, but come to think of it, that's normal for winter. I can't complain. I really didn't push myself, either. I concentrated on being comfortable.
The Ride with GPS looks like a nice phone app. Does it have a notification feature? I previously used the Road ID app which had "e-crumbs" to create a map for my wife. Also tried glympse for a short while, but didn't like it as much...

It was also a windy ride this morning. Strangely more windy around 145th street than on the bridge. I dressed for 30s (three layers on chest and two on the legs, winter gloves, winter cap and shoe covers).
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@ptempel what kind of notification? There are a zillion settings in the app, so it may have what you're looking for.

I notice that it says that for about 0.4 miles, I traveled at 0 mph. I don't know how I can get from Point A to Point B at that speed, so it's one of many GPS errors I get. The NYC terrain makes GPS funny. The iphone is more accurate than the Garmin I used to use, though.
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Old 11-21-16, 10:39 AM
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I did not ride today due to wet roads, temps below freezing which means black ice on the hill.
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@ptempel what kind of notification? There are a zillion settings in the app, so it may have what you're looking for.

I notice that it says that for about 0.4 miles, I traveled at 0 mph. I don't know how I can get from Point A to Point B at that speed, so it's one of many GPS errors I get. The NYC terrain makes GPS funny. The iphone is more accurate than the Garmin I used to use, though.
I poked around the Ride with GPS website and I think "Sharing a Ride in Progres" in "Live Logging" will do what I'm thinking about. Its basically to send the wife a text message with a link to a map that displays my ride in progress.

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sunny, windless, and 24F - which is warmer than cloudy and windy 24F
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Wow, I had no idea I could do live logging.

One funny feature is every so often, it will pop up a notice that tells me my rank in a particular segment. Wow, I'm so awesome, right? Well, I ranked 9th on a difficult climb, but there are only 12 people listed. So does that mean I suck, or does it only list the top 12 and leave the other 100 unlisted?

There are lots of features, and I decided I wanted some of the special ones, so I pay for the service. With that, it keeps track of which bike I'm on for a given ride. Eventually, I might put in my maintenance records so I'll know how long a tire or chain lasts.
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Beautiful sunrise but I drove due to needing to meet my 11 yr old at home when she gets back from school and take her to orthodontist
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it has been a while since i updated but STill riding!

Sun was not up yet @ 6:30am this morning Temperature 21.4F was the low I saw on the ride in this morning.


got out the winter helmet and wore the raincoat for some more wind protection. Supposedly a high of 54 today, probably the middle of the day, and so when I ride home it will be chilly again.


Super windy on Saturday and had to bail on a ride after the 30mph gusts pushed me sideways... I did not want it to blow me into the lanes of travel.
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It was about 24°F and sunny on the ride in. I’ll get off work in 15 minutes (at 7 p.m.) — needless to say it isn’t sunny now! Current temperature is 36°F, so I should be plenty warm on the way home.
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1st Morning Below 30F

So, I broke out the winter WindTex jacket and wind blocking overpants. Too warm. Oh well, that was a lesson learned. I was toasty riding in, though, on a racing type bike to combat the wind. It should be better on the ride home, with one less layer. I like cool weather riding a lot, it's just a bit tricky remembering what combination of clothing worked at each temperature.


One of the drawbacks to the fall-to-winter transition is the periodic gusty winds that accompany it. I like the lower humidity, though.
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I didn't ride home yesterday due to my wife picking me up and doing some errands. She picks me up again tonight so we can go pick up her sister from the airport. A low mileage week in the making.

About 28F for this morning's ride. I feel like I'm dressing well enough so far. I haven't added the shoe cover deals yet, but may need to do that as my toes have been a bit cold by the time I arrive at the office.
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Today was my least favorite cycling weather: 34 degrees and rain. Brrrrr.

It was supposed to snow today, so last night I prepared to ride my winter bike. They changed the forecast and it's now supposed to stay in the lower 30s and rain all day. So I switched over and rode my hybrid. Hands got pretty darn cold and eventually went numb. Rest of me did OK.

There were still quite a few icy patches left from Friday's blizzard that I had to be careful about since I wasn't riding studded tires. Lots of spots where I unclipped and just held the bike as straight as I could while I coasted over them. I'm hoping that the rain melts off most of the ice before I ride home tonight.

We get our holiday turkey this afternoon. Usually I only bring one of my saddlebags, but today I brought two. The turkey gets to ride home in the second one.
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Just above 20F. My coldest ride ever but wasn't too bad. Layered three tops and wore fleeced active pants and gloves. Body gets warm quickly but my fingers and toes are getting numb after half way (6-7 miles). But the bigger problem was somewhere else I never thought it would get cold. I would need better protections next time.

BTW, I feel much better after a fall last Monday at the intersection. Ride safe!
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34 was cool enough that I could take the "superbike" this morning, which takes a different mindset. I dress for the office at home and just go, not really worrying about changing or sweating, which is a nice change of pace from the road bike and fixed gear commutes.
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Temps in the upper 20s F again this morning with the high only expected to reach low 50s this afternoon. I love this kind of weather for riding, as it's easy to dress for an I don't sweat much. My bike commute was probably almost as quick as it would have taken me to drive today because one of our major traffic arteries (and my driving route) is closed to traffic. A large water main burst yesterday, flooding the street. Fortunately, the flooding and detour traffic doesn't affect my bike commute route, although traffic was a little heavier on a few streets.
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28F and I noticed some ice yesterday and today - resisting getting the winter bike on the road though it's ready. After 3 years of near daily use one of the buckles on my ortleib bag broke. That's pretty amazing to me plus it still works with one side broken
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40F, sprinkling rain. Still some gaps in the cloud ceiling though.
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