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Old 02-02-07, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by chephy
I seem to spend more time cleaning my bike these days than riding it... Kind of annoying. But the riding is nice. I am also seeing a lot more bikers than a few winters back. Or am I just noticing them more cause I'm more interested in biking? I dunno.
Hey chephy same here. After a few days off and riding in a winter storm (not really a storm, more like flurries). I've cleaned my bike twice! And this is my crappy (free) mountain bike commuter that I promised I would not worry about. I blame the bike stand I bought it makes working on the bike really easy, i've been cleaning and adjusting (with a $5 used bike repair book) and the darn thing is now so smooth during my commute it's like "new".

I really think this bike repair thing is addictive...that and riding..

Todays commute warmer than yesterday, using new chain lube (all weather) that makes me feel better.

Probably gonna give it another wash on Sunday....Arggggg!
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Old 02-02-07, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by tlupfer
currently -7F (-22 celsius) with a -24F (-31 celsius) windchill. leaving for work in about an hour. dang!
Isn't that the hardest part?

The pre-leave nerves i call 'em

Once you're going it's great but that mind thing about staying nice and cozy is really hard to fight

Some mornings I don't think, I just load-up, get on and "go"! I'm always happy I did that after the first 5 minutes..

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Old 02-02-07, 01:54 PM
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Back on the fixie today. I had it in the shop to get my internet-special wheels trued and tensioned. I swear, I'm never buying a machine-built wheel again. It's pennywise/poundfoolish.
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Old 02-02-07, 02:20 PM
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Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg
Nice ride today. Cold (20sF), frosty, but not slippery.
Hardy are you biking in Redmond? Think I saw you this AM.

24F Awesome sunrise.
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Old 02-02-07, 03:12 PM
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Bad start to February for me, and the month doesn't look good.

Worked from home yesterday and today (weather yesterday, unmotivated today) so no commute. And now wife just returned from OB appt. to say the doctor doesn't think she'll make it another week before delivery (which is fine, she's full-term). Taking two weeks of paternal leave doesn't leave much of the month. Ah well, February's a pretty crappy month for cycling anyway (even in NC).
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Old 02-02-07, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by vrkelley
Hardy are you biking in Redmond? Think I saw you this AM.

24F Awesome sunrise.
No, Thurston County. It was a great sunrise, nice view of Rainier too (and yesterday as well, can't remember the last time I saw the mtn)
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Old 02-02-07, 05:16 PM
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pleasant commute today,
temp was a warm comfortable plus 11 F this morning,
very little breeze and all the cars,
trucks and suvs were behaved.
this eve, it was a rather balmy 25, with just
a little head wind, some road slop but otherwise
no traffic issues.
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Old 02-02-07, 07:15 PM
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Snow today, but not terribly cold (30 degrees F). I know for some of you this nothing more than a light dusting, but around here it's rare to see any accumulation. My co-workers were utterly shocked to see me ride today, which seems strange since I take the MUP almost all the way to work and if I had driven I'd have had to take the slick roads with a bunch of people who don't know how to drive in snow. I also took a few pictures:



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Old 02-02-07, 07:16 PM
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Broke a drive side spoke on the rear wheel about 1/2 mile from home tonight. I decided to go easy on the bike and walked home the rest of the way. Once I got home I took the wheels off and drove to the LBS.
I told the mechanic at the LBS I'm commuting Mon, Wed, + Fri, and said he would fix the wheel tommorrow. Hopefully, I'll be biking home Monday.
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Freezing temperatures, ice on the roads. Cold tired and hungry after working 12hr night shift, seemed like my legs were 10 years older. Up now for tonights cold commute. Feel much better though, and it hasn't started to freeze up yet. But it will be frozen over in the morning.
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Old 02-03-07, 05:52 PM
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-12F with a -39F windchill this morning. my freehub took about six or seven pedal revolutions to engage. only slightly warmer on the way home.
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10 miles of solid ice today! No kidding. I don't think I had more than 100' of real pavement until I got to downtown Boston.

We had a weird snowstorm last night that dumped an icy rain/snow mix for two hours and then froze solid.

I am ever thankful to Bike Forums for convincing me last year to buy some studded Nokias. I've ridden in New England winters for years but I think if not for the studs I wouldn't have tried it today.

Amazingly I got downtown in really good time (a steady wind was at my back) and I rode on stuff that I know I could not have walked on without falling.

I'm inspired by these winter bikers in Bike Forums.

We're in for the bitter cold much of you in the mid-west have been dealing with this week so this ice will be here for a while.

The ride home with the low slung yellow almost full moon having over the ice covered Charles River was almost too extraordinary to be believed.
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Old 02-05-07, 06:54 AM
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After reading all these posts of you guys riding in these cold wintery conditions, I decided I need to stop being lazy and stop looking at cold weather as an excuse not to ride...You guys inspired me to start riding to work now instead of waiting until the spring...Thank you...I rode in this morning despite it being colder weather than usual out here...It was in the low 20's this morning but it really wasn't that bad once you ride for about 10 minutes...It only took me 20 minutes! I ususally take 10 by car...I go a different route by bike...Nice! I look forward to now being one of those inpirational people...I'm going to save so much money on gas too if I ride regularly! I love it...
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Another winter morning defeated! -14C this morning, -32C with the wind chill. My glasses fogged up and froze over, making it difficult to see. Had to line my cycling shoes with plastic bags for a little extra warmth. But, I made it in safely, much to the amazement of my co-workers.
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Crisp this morning. Down around zero F, with a good tail wind. So much for an early spring.
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My coldest ride ever this morning, 19F/-7C with about a 10mph wind in my face. Got to test out the new balaclava...toasty!!

Also left about 10 minutes later than I like to, and paid for it with increased traffic. Amazing what a difference 10 minutes can make.
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-6 F with a -21 wind chill. Darn road to work was a sheet of icy snow too - not a fun ride this morning. Luckily, hot coffee and donuts cure all ills.
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8F when I left according to NY1. Wore the balaclava and swore I'd never wear it again. The part that covers my nose is too long so when I breathe hard, the flap bends back and covers my nostrils making it harder to breathe. Did a 1/2 mph fall at a red light. I was barely moving and my rear tire was on the painted white crosswalk lines. I saw the intersection was clear so as I mashed forward, the rear wheel slipped and I stopped automatically and fell over before I could unclip. Not too many people around and only one person asked if I was ok, but for anyone watching on the bus behind me, that was for you. Near as I can tell, the slip wasn't caused by ice so I'm guessing it's dry salt dust on the slippery white paint.
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Around -5C and calm. Nice commute, maybe overdressed a bit. It's supposed to hit +9C today, I think I'll don a t-shirt for the ride home. There is impending bad/cold weather for the rest of the week. Freezing rain tomorrow followed by temps in the negative teens.
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14 degrees in our nation's capital and temperatures were flaring! Just seemed like the peds were being even more aggressive (dashing into the street, running across lights) and more verbal about it, and the drivers were being even more clueless than usual.
But that's their problem. I really enjoyed the ride in yesterday. Was sore from a long ride in the sun yesterday, but it was good. I was a little disappointed when I reached the gym after 5 miles as I was just starting to really loosen up.
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-15C.... -28C with the wind (60kph headwind), took forEVER to get dressed, but all ion all not too bad on the way in. I do need new winter gloves though, I've worn these finger tips down. I think I want big snowboard gloves.
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Originally Posted by chipcom
-6 F with a -21 wind chill. Darn road to work was a sheet of icy snow too - not a fun ride this morning. Luckily, hot coffee and donuts cure all ills.
Do you ever wear eye protection in those temperatures? From what I was told it was -3F here and I didn't wear goggles or anything. Didn't feel any ill effects but I wonder at what temperatures I would.
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I caught a cold from a co-worker, so now I'm surly and I don't have the will to live. It's supposed to snow tonight, then get very cold the rest of the week. Maybe I'll die in a snowbank tomorrow...
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Originally Posted by reich17
Do you ever wear eye protection in those temperatures? From what I was told it was -3F here and I didn't wear goggles or anything. Didn't feel any ill effects but I wonder at what temperatures I would.
Same as I always wear, shooting glasses, though I wouldn't be opposed to trying goggles...just afraid of how bad they'd fog up when stopped or on slow climbs.
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Originally Posted by TRaffic Jammer
-15C.... -28C with the wind (60kph headwind), took forEVER to get dressed, but all ion all not too bad on the way in.
Same here. I was all decked out for an Arctic expedition and consequently found myself quite comfortable on the ride in. There is something really exhilirating about winter riding although I almost took the subway today since my boyfriend really wanted me to after reading the forecast. But it's amazing how many cyclists I keep seeing every day under these conditions. I even saw a guy today riding with a kid in a child seat. They seemed to be enjoying the ride. The drivers, however, seem to have the most miserable time with all the snow etc. My mother was complaining to me today how slow her drive was because people were driving like morons creating jams everywhere.

That's it for the weather report, now on to the traffic news. A truck almost turned left into me, and since AirZound is next to useless in temps like this I just yelled "Hey!" on top of my lungs. My voice stops cars! Pretty powerful! I also heard one of the longest honks I've ever heard on the road today. And it wasn't directed at me. Just cagers being mean to each other... And yeah, passed a two-car accident scene at Avenue and Davenport. Can anyone explain to me how you have a collision at 6:30 a.m. on basically empty streets? Beats me...
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