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Old 12-13-07, 08:48 AM
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Yesterday I rode about 2 blocks before turning right around and heading home to get the car. I simply don't have the gear to rain ride yet - today's freezing rain isn't working either. My Redline 925 should be here today - Planet Bike fenders (the used 925 I bought had them removed) and a good headlight will be coming for Christmas, and I'll pick up some rain gear over the next couple weeks and I should be in a little better shape. The will is there - the gear just isn't quite in place yet.
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Old 12-13-07, 09:59 AM
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It was just fine until a driver decided to drift into my lane around a turn, then drift some more... and a little more. WTF? I kicked his door, which got his attention. Fargin' ******bag! I was so mad that I ended up doing some aggressive filtering and... well, two wrongs don't make a right.
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It really does rain in the desert southwest. A lot recently actually. The yearly total before the start of Dec. was 2.6" In the first two weeks of December over 4" have been added.

Here are two videos of my commute home on Tuesday. Heavy rain and 47F. This same storm produce hail in not far from where I was riding. Quite some fun!

Arterial Road:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSOHb0lc69s

Starts on same arterial, then turn right into residential school zone:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCkyCUaY0Eg

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Old 12-13-07, 11:37 AM
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I can't believe that it was colder here than in Canada and New York, but apparently so: 30F/-1C. And 94% RH, so that cold just seeps right into you. My legs felt like cement and I just could not get it going. I shoulda stayed in bed.
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Old 12-13-07, 12:10 PM
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noisebeam: Good video quality - what are you using for a camera? It seems to fare pretty well in the rain.
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Old 12-13-07, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by hankbrandenburg
noisebeam: Good video quality - what are you using for a camera? It seems to fare pretty well in the rain.
It's the older Oregon Scientific ATC-1000 $80 when I got it on sale a few years ago - there is a newer mk2 model with higher frame rate and resolution too I think.

This video was sized down to 1/2 original frame size and heavily compressed before uploading to YouTube, which then expanded size 2x (back to original size) and applied a YouTube's compression, so the quality is not representative of the ATC-1000. That said the ATC-1000 relative to other video cameras today, especially those costing more, is quite poor, notably in low light.

As to the rain, because it is older and didn't cost so much, I don't care if one day it gets ruined by the weather. It is mainly luck as to the view. Sometime raindrops obscure the lens, then wind blows it away. It actually does better in this heavy rain that it does in a light misting rain which fully and permanently hazes the view.

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Old 12-13-07, 04:08 PM
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Beautiful day for riding this morning. Blue sky, sunshine, about 18C, nice gentle cooling breeze. Shoudl have been a fabulous ride.

But I felt a bit flat. I think I was a bit tired, and my legs felt stiff. Oh well. Hopefully the nice weather will continue for the ride home!

But the other exciting news is that I have ordered my Christmas present - a Salsa Casseroll single speed / fixie. Can't wait. Unfotunately I won't get it until Jan - no stock available until then, it seems. Ah well. Best things come to those who wait.
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Old 12-13-07, 05:09 PM
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Awesome fast ride in. Hopefully the weather will hold for the return ride.
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Old 12-13-07, 05:22 PM
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beautiful weather on the way home this morning. just had a heck of a head wind/cross wind the whole way home. i averaged 10 mph, whereas my usual is around 15. no commute to work tonight - my partner called in so no carpool and i don't have the time to make the whole 8 miles. this am i had a wonderful gentleman yell something out of his car window as he passed me (on a blind curve). it sounded like "get off the road!" but i can never be sure. maybe he said "way to pedal hard!" *shrug*
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Old 12-13-07, 08:54 PM
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I just purchased a new wheels and had my new Noikians 106's mounted at my LBS (Marty's Reliable in Morristown, NJ) yesterday in preparation for today's predicted snow storm. It was dry in the morning but started snowing and sleeting pretty hard throughout the whole day and I knew ths afternoons commute would be my initial studded snow commute. By 4:45 when I got out of work, it was ice pelleting pretty hard but the roads were nicely plowed and pretty empty. I was riding through tire tracks and slush the whole way home. It was tiring and a bit uneasy, but I made it and never really slipped. My commute is only 4.5 miles. The combo of darkness, sleet, eye glasses made it as difficult as the road conditions did. I made it and psyched I prepared for winter. Everyone at work thinks I'm nuts, they hid my bike during the day in the office encouraging me to take a ride home from some one. I wasn't gonna have any of that. Those new Nokians were waiting for me. In the end, my office mates are right. I am nuts.

Tomorrow, I do it all again. I can't wait. I can't wait for a nice snow to ride in instead of the miserable hell I was in tonight.
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Old 12-13-07, 09:38 PM
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Cold 30f both directions today, 15mph wind, and foggy this morning. Was way overdressed so arrived at office soaking wet. Between the knobby tires,, the wind, and conditions it took about an 1.5 hours to commute, rather then the normal hour.

First commute of the season with the nashbar studs. About 1 1/2 milles on the crushed limestone path was plowed by the town and had a nice smotth coating of ice. The tires worked well. Another 2 miles completely unplowed was impassable and I had to walk about 1/10 between road and plowed part.

Wore ski helmet and goggles. Helped a lot with the headlights, but they fogged quite easily.

Needless to say I received quite a bit of ribbing at the office.
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Old 12-13-07, 11:46 PM
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If you'd listened to yesterday's weather reports around here, you would have thought that the storm of the decade was about to hit. A predicted THREE to FIVE INCHES OF SNOW!

Anyway, it was a pleasant 32 degree ride in with all the roads clear, if slightly wet. The only obstacle was the fact the the wooden section of the Brooklyn Bridge is completely covered in ice and slush. Quite a pain in the ass to navigate in 23mm slicks. Aside from taking the section at about 5 - 7 mph, everything else was just dandy.




Morning edit:

Felt something weird, doing a trackstand on the way home. After a couple more blocks, I felt some clicking in the front wheel and noticed that my front wheel quick release was opened. Something like that does not happen by accident. Pissed off about it, but what to do, really?

Otherwise, the commute was great. Decided to try a new route and took the Manhattan Bridge back into Brooklyn for the first time. It too was covered in an icy slush which was quite perilous and slippery. On the other hand, the other cyclists on the bridge seemed much happier and more courteous then the overly-agitated BB bunch. I think I may go this way more often from now on.

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Old 12-14-07, 12:09 AM
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They let us out from work around 3, and the carpool hurriedly left at 3:05. The ride home from there... there was snow and ice, but it was turning into just cold rain. It was nice to get home before sunset, though.
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Old 12-14-07, 07:19 AM
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Not bad today. I did my 2.5-mile hike to the bus Wednesday and yesterday, and decided I'd ride today even though it snowed last night. Temps in the low 20Fs. 2 or 3 inches of very light fluffy powder on top of hard-packed pockmarked MUP snow. First bicycle tracks, Colchester to Burlington!

I ran into another winter bike commuter. He was about to get on the MUP but his back brake was locked up tight. I gave him my water bottle to pour on it to maybe loosen it up, but it didn't work. He said he'd just walk it back home. Oh well.

Also said hi to a cross country skier, and a lady out walking her dogs.

With this nor'easter heading up the coast, I might be done for a while. (mumbling something about plowing the MUP...)
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Our warm weather continues in NC, although we will be a little cooler today than the rest of the week. We have set high temperature records for the past 4-5 days, including an all-time high for the month of December (81). Today it's only supposed to hit the mid-60s, so I bundled up. I'm looking forward to the cold weather returning, which is supposed to happen tomorrow. I was all used to cold weather and what clothes to wear until this warm spell.

Yesterday I drove because I had a Christmas party to attend downtown after work. I stopped at Micky D's on my way to work for an Eggamuffin, something I rarely do, and probably won't make that mistake again for a while. I went inside because I hate drive-though lanes, and thought I was lucky because there was no line at the counter. However, there were also no employees watching the counter; they were all helping the drive-thoughs. I stood there for several minutes before a guy walked buy and said "we'll be with you in a minute." Several minutes later, still nobody to take my order, so I left without buying anything. Whatever happened to "Welcome to McDonalds. How can we help you?" I didn't get any breakfast yesterday. Thanks, Mickey D.
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Still getting over being sick and having a couple days off sitting around the house coughing and sneezing. It was hard to get to work today, I was taking it slow on the sidewalk and fighting sidewalk slush. I almost didn't enjoy it today, but then I remembered that I was on a bike. And it was ok.
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Old 12-14-07, 08:49 AM
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First time posting on this forum:

I am not a bike commuter, but yesterday's snowstorm in Boston converted me into one for the day. My office is near Kendall Square in Cambridge, and it was already a parking lot on the roads by 2p.m. It took me ten minutes just to drive my car back into the parking garage. Then I pulled out my English 3-speed that I keep at the office for errands and biked ten miles for two hours to the northern suburbs.

Most people are incredulous when I tell them I did this, but I'm sure I beat a lot of cars home during yesterday's commute. Commute times increased by a factor of 3 or 4.
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Old 12-14-07, 08:56 AM
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A good 20-mile ride-in this morning: 36F and foggy to start, so I turned one of my Dinotte 200Ls to strobe. Since it was foggy, I decided to ride on the sidewalk for the first leg of the ride (where I normally ride on the road) since I don't yet have a bright-enough tail-light. After that, the ride was pretty much the same as other commutes (hills suck, etc.), though once I got past half-way the Sun came out and really brightened the ride (pun intended).
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Old 12-14-07, 09:03 AM
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Originally Posted by grayvw
I'm sure I beat a lot of cars home during yesterday's commute. Commute times increased by a factor of 3 or 4.
Welcome to the world of winter bike commuting! and what a day to do it...
My ride only took about 2 times as long as normal, riding from the Fenway area to Belmont.
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18 degrees, snowing and a tad slippery...

been on my other home, an MC board and harrassing the people there for not being out and riding...

Hey before this I commuted for four years, 365, on a motorbike. Maybe I can get some of those people on bikes for the winter...?
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warmer, 40F. Shorter, no kid duty w/ in-laws in town!
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28F/-2C. Coldest day yet. I rode to BloodSource to donate platelets and was nearly deferred because I couldn't get the minimum body temperature (96.0F). They take it orally, of course, with those disposable plastic thermometers. I bet my core temp was fine but your face just gets so cold in the wind.
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Great ride today, nice and crisp out, roads pretty dry so my fender-less MTB that I'm riding for now didn't spray me with too much crap. Arrived a little warm with a light sweatshirt and a light jacket on over that.
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After getting home from the pub last night, I made the decision - time to put on the slicks. It hasn't snowed here for over a week, and the last couple of stretches of icy road have finally dried out. The ride in was fast. Like, wow. I was only in for a half day, so I got to ride through lunch hour traffic, which was uncool.
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Originally Posted by pinkrobe
After getting home from the pub last night, I made the decision - time to put on the slicks. It hasn't snowed here for over a week, and the last couple of stretches of icy road have finally dried out. The ride in was fast. Like, wow. I was only in for a half day, so I got to ride through lunch hour traffic, which was uncool.
I'm in the opposite situation. Rode my slicks earlier this week and ate it three times on ice. Finally rode today(first time since wreck-fest) because it had dried up. Expecting 5-7" this weekend but I got my Nokian studs tonight! Can't wait!
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