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Old 12-10-07, 07:02 AM
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Now that I'm used to riding in the cold and have accumulated all the winter gear I need, we get a warm spell. We're supposed to have record high temps over the next few days, with highs in the mid to upper 70s. I shouldn't complain, but I was actually enjoying riding in the cold. Now I have to reprogram my brain (and body) for riding in different temps. Got out the arm and leg warmers for the ride into work this morning, so I could wear shorts and short-sleeve jersey for the ride home. It was still kind of chilly riding to work this morning despite the high 50 temps due to fog and very high humidity. We don't get much fog here and this was one of my first experiences riding in it. The worst part was my eyeglasses fogging up. The fog was intermittent, so it would lift for a while and my glasses would clear, and then I'd hit another patch that would fog them up again. Also had to be very careful about slick spots on the road due to moisture on manholes, road paint, etc. This crazy weather is supposed to last all week.
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20F and snowing. Maybe half-an-inch of fluffy powder on the ground. I did my MUP/road combination commute. The roads were plowed so it was easy going. The MUP parts were their usual level of roughness.

This is smug, I know, but I was giggling at people outside scraping their car windows. I've also noticed a lot more of those stupid remote car starter things. Vehicles sitting there idling for who-knows how long. They always seem to be SUVs, too.

My co-worker arrived about 40 minutes later than normal, looked at my bike sitting here on rubber mats (to collect melting snow), and said, "I guess you didn't have the same traffic problems as everyone else."
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Old 12-10-07, 07:50 AM
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Very wet, temperature about 65 F. They are improving the road between our office and our home - in the past it was river rock pounded in by traffic - now they have hauled in some smaller stuff used a roller after grading. All of this is preparing for pavement. It is so much easier to ride now!
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Old 12-10-07, 09:19 AM
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good to be back on the bike! Nothing like some sand, gravel and snow to welcome a new drivetrain. I'm sending out some actual kudos today as the motorists more than respected my right to be out on our snowy roads today.
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Old 12-10-07, 10:27 AM
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Surprise snowfall this morning, so took it slow for a fun ride in.
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Old 12-10-07, 11:04 AM
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The fresh snow made this nice fffwwwww noise on the way in. Very nice!
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Old 12-10-07, 11:13 AM
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35F and misty. My fingertips were cold but everything else was fine after 10 minutes of riding. I finally found some battery-powered LED Xmas lights at Walgreens and I attached a string to my back pack--I hope that looks jaunty and festive as well as safe.
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Old 12-10-07, 11:47 AM
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35F also, foggy but sunbreaks. Forgot my food and underwear, grrr
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Old 12-10-07, 12:05 PM
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rode the snow cruiser into work today. Balloon tires, radio strapped to the handlebars, super comfy seat. I was slow-rollin so I stayed on the sidewalks most of the time, and I was getting really funny looks from people waiting at the bus stops when I rolled by rocking tunes and dancing along with the pedals.
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Old 12-10-07, 12:26 PM
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My ride to the store last night was great. there was a coating of ice on everything and I barely stayed on my feet walking to the garage. Got on the bike and felt much safer. Those Innova studded tired did their job fairly well. if I put too much force on the pedals in too high of a gear I could get the rear tire to spin a bit but the only other time I slid in a 3 mile ride was taking one corner a little fast and I caught a crack in the pavement.
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Old 12-10-07, 12:29 PM
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Scary when you're safer riding your bike than you are walking. (Been there and done that, too!)
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Old 12-10-07, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by tarwheel
It was still kind of chilly riding to work this morning despite the high 50 temps due to fog and very high humidity.
It's been so dry these past few months that today was the first time I'd really done much cycling in humidity. Yes, it was more cool than warm (maybe 60F when I came in), but this makes me dread normal summertime commuting.
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Originally Posted by vtjim
Scary when you're safer riding your bike than you are walking. (Been there and done that, too!)
yeah... I wouldn't have gotten to the end of my street on foot in the time it took me to do 3 miles on the bike
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Old 12-10-07, 02:11 PM
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It snowed for a bit yesterday meaning there was a bit more wet on the road, but otherwise the same as later last week - warmer today.

Good ride in though.
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Old 12-10-07, 03:49 PM
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Ridin' in this morning I was expecting to wake up to a downpour. Instead it was just a light mist, still put on my rainpants. Good thing, cause I was pretty damp when I got to work. This aftn I did my three-trails ride home. I did a portion of the Olentangy Bikepath, Sharon Woods, and home via the Alum Creek trail. Didn't see anyone on any of the paths. In between I stopped at the bank in Worthington and a lady in there commented about how it was a little cold to be riding. I told her "it was good for you". She comes back with "Oh, I know". As if she's done it before. More rain expected tom'rw.
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Fell on my butt three times on the way to work! It was a glaze of ice off and on the whole way. Two out of the three falls, I had already gotten off the bike to walk across. Supposed to get more freezing rain tonight. Think I'll be driving in the morning. I guess I need studded tires.
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Old 12-11-07, 06:35 AM
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I managed to get home dry yesterday riding largely in between rain showers. Even though I had my jacket I just didn't feel getting wet, otherwise, with temps in the 50's, it was comfortable riding weather. I parked it a couple of times under the 14th St. bridge and a Metro bridge by the airport where I discovered a slow leak in my back tire. My worn Ritchey Speedmax's finally gave out, I had a pencil eraser sized tear in the casing. After a leisurly tube change I was on my way again. When I got home I put my Continentals back on so today's ride was much faster. I need to find a durable set of cyclo cross tires for winter commuting, the Continental Twisters look just right but currently out of stock.
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Old 12-11-07, 06:59 AM
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First ride since I got the bike back from the shop, and the drivetrain makes a horrendous rubbing noise. There's nothing caught that I could see, and it was shifting pretty badly. I hope it's something as simple as they forgot to lube the drivetrain, but I didn't ask them to clean it. Weird.
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Our Indian Summer continues. Yesterday the temps hit 81 degrees, not only a record for the date but the entire month of December. It's supposed to be just as hot or hotter today and tomorrow. Despite that, it was about 5 degrees cooler (mid-50s) riding into work this morning. It was also very humid, so I got pretty damp. It feels weird wearing a summer weight jersey and shorts after wearing heavy jerseys, jackets and tights for the past few weeks. The batteries started going dead in my Fenix flashlight about halfway to work, so I had to make a quick pit stop to install new ones. That's about the only shortfall of the Fenix lights -- they don't have a low battery indicator. And when NiMH batteries start to dim, they go pretty fast.
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Old 12-11-07, 08:16 AM
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I was slow this morning. Just didn't have the energy. Otherwise, it was okay. Strange temperature change mid-ride. Like, mid-20s down to high-teens almost instantly. The air was really damp near the lake so it chilled my face straight through to my brain.

This is on tap for tonight...
Originally Posted by The Weather Channel
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 10 AM EST WEDNESDAY.

SNOW WILL DEVELOP BY MID TO LATE AFTERNOON AND COULD BE HEAVY AT TIMES THIS EVENING INTO THE EARLY OVERNIGHT HOURS. SNOW WILL LIKELY MIX WITH OR CHANGE TO SLEET...FREEZING RAIN...OR EVEN RAIN FOR A PERIOD OF TIME OVERNIGHT...MAINLY ACROSS THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE CHAMPLAIN VALLEY AND SOUTH CENTRAL VERMONT
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I was going to drive today, but the forecast called for freezing rain all day so I think driving a car would be too dangerous, so I took the bike instead. (also I'm lazy and didn't look forward to scraping ice off the car for 15 minutes this afternoon).
No new ice on the roads (the gravel parts are still icy from the weekend), but very heavy fog in places. Decent ride though.
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Nothing happened this morning. Yay!
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Old 12-11-07, 09:25 AM
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Man, I love it here. High 40's. Softshell jacket was a bit too warm.

Missed a clip-in with a damp shoe and banged my shin coming off a light. Lots of red lights this morning.
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Old 12-11-07, 09:42 AM
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Man, stupid warmth. I get to my exs place last night for my visit, and had to hustle my ass real quick to get in. I was getting seriously *cold* from being too hot and having sweat come through right to my top layer - had too many layers on (too thick outer layer I think). Same coming home, so I just took it easier so as not to break sweat as much.

This morning more of the same, but wore different layers today hoping to figure it out - we just went through these warmer days a few weeks ago but I've already forgotten the combos I've been using - doh

Feels colder with the rush of air, but -1/30F seems balmy warm compared to what we've recently had.
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Not too shabby. It's warm enough that I could leave the pogies at home without getting frostbite.
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