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Old 01-11-06, 02:22 PM
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I'll commute in anything, but not on anything. As in, I'll commute in snow, but not on ice.
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I'm not a commuter yet. Just bought a bike after a 10 year break and am using it on a trainer for now.

I used to take my motorcycle to work in any condition. I expect to do the same this summer with the bike.

Can't commute in winter because I live outside of the island on Montreal and all the bridges are closed to bikes from bovember 15th to may 15th.
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Old 01-11-06, 02:28 PM
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I missed a week in december because the roads were total sh1t. that was before I had studs, now that I have studs, the only thing that will keep me from commuting is going to be extreme weather and sickness.
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Old 01-11-06, 02:31 PM
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I bought studs for the commuter bike..I'll ride it out excepting for when they are post a blizzard warning.

I'm already on "idiot alert" by my girlfriend for riding on the day winds were gusting to 80mph and blowing windows out of cars.

BTW... Winter returns to Colorado tomorrow, and I'm ridin'

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Old 01-11-06, 02:32 PM
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Don't know yet...but I plan on commuting for a year (everyday) just because when I say it out loud people laugh and now I have to do it just cause they say I won't (or can't)...by then it will be a habit and I won't know any other way!!!
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Old 01-11-06, 02:34 PM
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FastFWD, it's a pain about the montreal bridges, no? I was a McGill student and had friends south of the river who I would visit sometimes.

Outside of peak hours, I could take Metro and bike. I was tempted to jump the barriers so I could ride the bridges sometimes, but I never did.

As for commuting weather-- if I need to get somewhere, I'll go in any weather. If you've got the gear for it, you can survive almost anything... though I've no had any reason to go long distances in extreme cold.

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Old 01-11-06, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by MMACH 5
I've been commuting since the end of May. North Texas is having a huge drought. I've had one day of rain and one and a half days of sleet since I started commuting. I was on the bike through it all.
MMACH5 what's your commute route?


..and to stay on topic...I don't commute in the dark ->. period Therefore, it will be end of February/March timeframe before I start it up again.
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Old 01-11-06, 02:45 PM
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Neither wind, nor rain, dark of night will keep this commuter off his bike.

I have commuted by bike year round for the past 7 years. When I lived in Chicago I rode into the single digits temps (F) unless the wind was blowing hard. Portland is mild in comparison to Chicago so nothing keeps me from riding here.

Walkafire, they call Chicago the Windy City because the politicians are such corrupt blowhards.
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Old 01-11-06, 03:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Doggus
MMACH5 what's your commute route?
Usually, it is straight up Jupiter, from Garland Rd (Hwy 78) to Bethany. Some days, I do wuss out and ride over to the Lover's Ln DART station, take the rail up to Parker Rd and then ride up Hwy 5. That cuts my commute from 18 to 12.

Where in Allen are you?
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Old 01-11-06, 03:28 PM
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Hehe, rain or shine for me but no snow or ice, I take it easy, unlike the rest of you.
And if I have to drop my speeds to ridiculously slow if its snowing, I might as well not ride at all
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Old 01-11-06, 03:49 PM
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The worse the weather, the more I must commute by bicycle. The only weather that gives me pause is a really hot day. I go TO work in the afternoon and don't have a shower to use upon arrival. It's really a masochistic plan.
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Old 01-11-06, 04:05 PM
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Originally Posted by noriel
everyday here, either the bike breaks down or I do. I've got more bikes, though, so if I'm out, the bikes starve. Kinda easy commuting in Houston, weather-wise. Loving this cheap merino wool.
Ditto this guy.
Compared to most of y'all, Houston's weather has been unusually mild this winter. Temps mostly 50 or above (spiked into the 80's on some days), very little rain, no ice and snow. The worse thing to worry about were the voidheaded cagers, so we could ride all season.
I recon the summer's gonna be a royal pain, though. If the winter is mild, then the summer comes with a vengance...
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Old 01-11-06, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by MMACH 5
Usually, it is straight up Jupiter, from Garland Rd (Hwy 78) to Bethany. Some days, I do wuss out and ride over to the Lover's Ln DART station, take the rail up to Parker Rd and then ride up Hwy 5. That cuts my commute from 18 to 12.

Where in Allen are you?
I shot you an email.
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Old 01-11-06, 04:21 PM
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all year round, all weather. especially now that I'm better equipped than I was last year..

which reminds me. NY'ers - EMS @ columbus circle is having a killer sale.
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Old 01-11-06, 05:13 PM
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I've ridden to and from work for the last 16 months except when my bike was getting fixed and I did one day on and one day off of running to and from work.

I find the colder and wetter it is the better for testing my gear. The only thing that puts me off is when the bikes been cleaned and you have to go in on a rainy day and you get road crap all over the rear wheel.

The worst weather I've ridden in is Wales last year. 4C with horizontal rain, and at one point it turned to hail which stung my arms through my coat.
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Old 01-11-06, 05:24 PM
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Our weather isn't too extreme so I'm pretty much an all-year commuter. My one exception is I don't ride during the first rain after a long dry spell. All the oil seeps out of the asphalt, particularly at intersections, and the motorists seem to forget everything they learned the previous winter about driving in the rain.
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I haven't had the chance to test out my limits.. Since it hasn't snowed yet this year, or the year before, I think we may have had some the year before that... The biggest challenge is the heat, I get off of work at 4 pm, and it can get pretty warm then in the summer... I need raingear for AM rain (haven't had any of that either in the last 6 months) so my work clothes don't get soaked...
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Old 01-11-06, 05:44 PM
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Originally Posted by slvoid
Be honest... How many people commute despite rain or worse yet, snow? Fair weather's all good and well but when the weather turns...
Every day.
Rain? Yes
Sand storms? Yes
Pollution advisories? Yes (cough!)
100+ temperatures? Yes
Snow? Now your just making up words.
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Old 01-11-06, 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted by slvoid
Be honest... How many people commute despite rain or worse yet, snow? Fair weather's all good and well but when the weather turns...
We don't get really bad weather here in San Francisco, but I ride in whatever's served up, 5 days a week. My commute is pretty short with a longer train ride in the middle, total about 12 miles a day of riding.
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Old 01-11-06, 08:13 PM
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I don't ride in AM rain, when there is flooding predicted (I volunteer with county OES and must be able to respond immediately), when I have a crosstown meeting and 5 minutes to get there, and when the bed is too hard to get out of in time to ride. I'm working on eliminating my excuses, but I'm still a new commuter. We can't all be 100%.
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Old 01-11-06, 08:21 PM
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In southern California we have 4 seasons:
Fires, earthquakes, floods and mudslides. The last two happen at the same time whenever it rains. Therefore, as long as it ain't raining and my bike isn't on fire or burried in the rubble of an earthquake, I will ride.
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Will you ride under the threat of immiment volcano?

Originally Posted by sbhikes
In southern California we have 4 seasons:
Fires, earthquakes, floods and mudslides. The last two happen at the same time whenever it rains. Therefore, as long as it ain't raining and my bike isn't on fire or burried in the rubble of an earthquake, I will ride.
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Every day, every season. I commute to work, but the bike is also my basic transportation for shopping, appointments, evenings out, etc, etc. The bike is also my entertainment. In the summer I do long road day trips, but not yet touring. I also ride my MTB on trails a few times a year.

Can there be too much of a good thing?
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When I have lived within 5 miles or so of work I would ride in anything, but now I live 45 miles from work, so sometimes the weather just isn't worth the risk or extra time required - but just sometimes.
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Originally Posted by slvoid
Will you ride under the threat of immiment volcano?
Yeah I would...as far away and as fast as possible!
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