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Old 12-15-07, 12:23 AM
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Damn cold in the mornings to ride. I shouldn't complain since I live in Southern California and other bike commuters are dealing with colder weather. In fact, I think of them to psych myself up to deal with the 50 degree weather in the morning. I tip my hat to all who have to ride in the snow,ice, or rain slick roads.
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Old 12-15-07, 07:22 AM
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Its 3F at 6am...wind chill about -11. Headed out for breakfast with a friend. This is my first year commuting and my 'poor' car sits idle with snow covering it. I'm enjoying the heck out of myself...!
A funny thing; last night at REI I was getting new, heavier gloves for this type of weather and wandered thru the bike shop. A fella testing a bike was talking to a sales guy about how he hasn't been outside on a bike in almost 6 weeks. Too cold/snowy... I didn't say anything but he saw me looking at him, smiling, with my helmet dangling from my messenger bag. And the snow on my pants cuffs...It was about 15F and snowing at that time and I had come from work about 15 miles away thru nasty car traffic...

to each his own....

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Old 12-15-07, 12:38 PM
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Today's commute was fun.

The Monon (Mo-ron) Trail:



The San Jose:



White River:



White River again:



65th Street:

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Old 12-16-07, 07:42 AM
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" how was your commute today ?" This must be one of the longest stickies around !
I ride about 10 k to work, and back at the end of the day,on a main city-street , filled with dense but rather slow cartraffic and a few buses. Last week was allready colder than the (WET!!)week before , and the cold
really set in this weekend , freezing minus 2 to 4°Celsius through the night , and 1 or 2 max in the day .
I looked for warmer gloves in my wardrobe and I'll wear a liner-cap under my helmet tomorrow as well .
What you need is not heavy jacket , but one that keeps the cold wind out ,like these new soft-shells.
They are really great for daily commuters !
I wish you all a great week , a couple of great rides and christmass is not very long now !
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I should have known better. I've been tracking this storm for a little while. When I left for work last night we had about 2 inches. When I left work the snow was higher than the BB on my Marin and still coming down hard. I made the mistake of deciding I wanted chocolate milk. The 7-11 is out of my way but I chose to go there. I hardly made it there. The snow was so heavy that if I stoped pedaling, the bike stopped so I'm not sure when the brakes froze up. I was still able to shift, thanks to a "grunge guard" I got on clearance at the LBS.
My quads were burning (not the good burn) when I got to 7-11. I stood outside for a few minutes to make sure I would be able to walk into the store. when I left there I rode about 40 feet before I just said screw it and walked the bike home.
Old man winter kicked my butt this morning. I feel totally defeated.
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Old 12-17-07, 06:08 AM
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Windy (20 mph) and cool (29F) this morning in the DC area. The headwinds added some extra workout to the morning commute - they seemed to align with the uphill portions of my ride.

Got my new Lake Winter MTB shoes and they kept my feet nice and toasty ... I'm ready for some real (DC) cold weather now! Of course I can't touch you folks up North for cold temp riding.
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Old 12-17-07, 07:17 AM
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Winter weather finally returned after a week of record-breaking high temperatures in NC. It's still warm compared to the North, but we're back to having lows near the freezing mark this week. The wind was really blowing yesterday -- sustained at 25 mph with gusts to 50 mph -- so I didn't ride. The wind was still blowing this morning, but it was mostly tailwinds on my way to work. Hopefully it will die down by the time I head home, or it will be a long ride into the wind.
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Old 12-17-07, 08:09 AM
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1st 6 miles were nice 27 deg no wind, rain snow etc, then came to my worst road. It has a garbage co., a cement co, and a compost co, all with BIG trucks, and after the rains last week the road is one big pot hole. I didn't see one and it cause a pinch flat. So having to change it I went from sweating, and hot to wet and cold so it took me 4-5 more miles to get warm again, and then it was a nice last 10 miles.
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Old 12-17-07, 08:18 AM
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DXchulo, I tip my hat to you, I love riding in those conditions, your ride must have been alot of fun today.

The ride in was colder and windier than anticipated, I underestimated a little and could have used an additional layer and heavier gloves/socks. There were a few areas of patchy ice (frozen puddles, runoff) but nothing major, I made it in just fine on slicks. The headwind was a little unpleasant on the stretch between the airport and 14th St bridge but not unbearable. A downed pine blocked the DC side of the pedestrian bridge on the bridge, it was too big and heavy to consider moving so I reported it to the Park Police Officer who was sitting in his car by the Jefferson Memorial. He had a bike on the back of his car so I figured he'd be sympathetic, he seemed concerned enough to call it in to the Park Service, we'll see if it's there later today. I've been pricing new Cyclo tires in anticipation of winter snow but have yet to buy any, I'm having a hard time spending money on myself these days, especially with the new house and Christmas on the way. I've been checking the usual places but have yet to find a great deal. Does anybody know of one?
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Old 12-17-07, 08:40 AM
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Wee! tons of snow dumped on us over the weekend, I was riding through a couple inches of slush on the roads, on four lane roads now reduced to two lanes with all the snow piled up on the sides. Got a little overzealous and the bike slipped out from under me at least once, but it didn't hurt to go down with the extra layers and snow padding. Cars were actually giving me room despite the narrower road, which was nice.
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Originally Posted by tarwheel
....The wind was really blowing yesterday -- sustained at 25 mph with gusts to 50 mph -- so I didn't ride....
I let those winds yesterday keep me off the bike too, and now I'm feeling less guilty about it. Thanks tarwheel.
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JoeyMac, have you seen the recent TV commercial for the new "Snickers Dark Chocolate" bars? The first time I saw it I immediately thought of you...

In the ad a couple of costumed guys (presumably on their way to a Halloween party) are stopped at a convenience store. One guys says to his friend (a big guy dressed as a Viking warrior), "Bad news: they're out of Snickers bars." The Viking lets out a roar of "NOOOO!", picks up a trash can, and throws it on top of a parked car.

His buddy says, "But they have the Snickers Dark Chocolate bar." Viking picks up another can, yells "YESSSS", and throws it on top of the car too.
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Old 12-17-07, 02:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Itsjustb
JoeyMac, have you seen the recent TV commercial for the new "Snickers Dark Chocolate" bars? The first time I saw it I immediately thought of you...

In the ad a couple of costumed guys (presumably on their way to a Halloween party) are stopped at a convenience store. One guys says to his friend (a big guy dressed as a Viking warrior), "Bad news: they're out of Snickers bars." The Viking lets out a roar of "NOOOO!", picks up a trash can, and throws it on top of a parked car.

His buddy says, "But they have the Snickers Dark Chocolate bar." Viking picks up another can, yells "YESSSS", and throws it on top of the car too.
I have seen that, and it is pretty funny. But those guys and the capitol 1 guys with their viking commercials, they are all ripping off my "vikings-in-a-modern-age" idea I had 5 years ago when I made a mockumentary about a horde of vikings training for the upcoming raiding season. Bunch of unoriginal jerks in advertising. Ah well, here's a pic from my movie, I will probably upload the movie to youtube one of these days:
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I sit in awe of you snow jammers. It was our first "cold" day of the year today. 27F/-3C. I was overdressed and arrived all hot and sweaty. It may have been a good thing, though, because I flatted twice and didn't get cold. I swear I turned my tire completely inside out and rubbed it with my bare fingers and didn't see anything that could have caused a puncture! All this after loosing my frame pump in Indiana a couple weeks ago. Argh! I used my little micro-pump and that was enough to get back to the office the second time.
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WET!!! But the rain stopped early in the ride.
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I'm off work for a few days so the bike is still sitting in the garage, caked in snow. After my frustration yesterday morning and having to shovel my huge driveway I don't even want to look at it. we ended up getting around 12 inches of snow and the main roads were finally ok today. The side streets still haven't been touched yet. I'm gonna let the bike sit a day or two then thaw it out and re-lube. Hopefully things will be better for the ride in Wednesday night. I've learned some things from all this so I suppose it's worth it.
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Even the jackass long honking thumbhead ina a jeep at my first lite couldnt
wreck the ride today in starry S. FLa !! The first day of the year I had to
use my winter gear...A T-Shirt. A brisk 50 degrees at 6:00am. Gorgeous !!
The ride back was all wind
Oh well....one out of two isnt bad.
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Enjoyed shoveling out my wife's car yesterday and just piling it around my car, knowing I wouldn't need it despite the 5-6" of snow we got over the weekend. My first commute on Nokian studs and I am sold on these things! I was downright giddy on the way to work, even though it was only about 15F. The way home included a headwind but I'm still distracted by the novelty of controlled riding with these tires so I barely noticed the wind.
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Old 12-17-07, 09:28 PM
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Glad to hear you loved your Nokians Ouabacher- I love mine!

Nice ride home tonight. 28 F. Light wind. Traffic was really bad downtown due to Monday night football. I blew by everyone at 20 mph. It was great!

P.S. beware of being overconfident on those tires. I crashed in a plow furow my first day . Ice is fine though. Have to see how you like the "mad bumblebees" on dry pavement.
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My coldest commute of the year this morning, and probably my coldest bike ride ever. The official low was 22, and occurred during my morning commute. Temps dropped down into the teens at some stations in the area, so it may have been that cold on parts of my commute. My winter gear did well, but my extremities were at the limit with my current gear. Both my toes and fingers were feeling the chill -- not so bad that it was unbearable, but enough to tell me that I'll need something warmer if it gets much colder.

The good news was that my head, chest, arms and legs were warm, and I didn't get all sweaty. Wore my Pearl Izumi Gavia jacket with just a Craft ProZero long-sleeve shirt, with PI Amfib tights over my bib shorts. Wore my Craft balacava for the first time, with HeadSweats cap over that. On my feet, I had DeFeet Wooly Booly socks and PI toe covers over my shoes. I've got some PI Cyclone/Amfib shoe covers, and will put them on next time it gets this cold. Would have worn them this morning, but they wouldn't stretch over my shoes with the toe covers on, which I didn't want to hassle with removing. For gloves, I'm using PI Pittards long-fingers with some thin wicking gloves underneath. This was also my first time using the PI Amfib tights, and my legs felt great, although I may have to lower my saddle if I keep wearing them, as they are thicker than my other tights.
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My coldest commute so far - 6 degrees F. Luckily, navigating the snowy/gunky roads resulting from Sunday's foot of snow keeps your mind off the temperature.

My bike is now all decked out with lights for Christmas.
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24 F when I left. A single layer long-sleeved T-shirt, insulated windbreaker, wool skullcap over my ears, leather gloves, jeans, and casual shoes. Did not unzip the windbreaker for most of the trip.

I had a very cold face for the first mile and a half. Later in the trip I felt the cold as an ache in my wrists, even though they were fairly well protected - whassupwidat?
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Originally Posted by tarwheel
My coldest commute of the year this morning, and probably my coldest bike ride ever. The official low was 22, and occurred during my morning commute. Temps dropped down into the teens at some stations in the area, so it may have been that cold on parts of my commute. My winter gear did well, but my extremities were at the limit with my current gear. Both my toes and fingers were feeling the chill -- not so bad that it was unbearable, but enough to tell me that I'll need something warmer if it gets much colder.
Similar results here. I wore REI mid-weight tights and an Under Armour Cold Gear jersey under my lightweight high-viz top. For my head I had a Mountain Gear fleece hat and a fleece neck gater. My gloves were some no-name ski gloves with chemical heat packs inside, and neoprene socks to finish it off.

The fingertips were cold to the bone when I arrived (the commute is ~5 miles), but I don't think I can expect much better from this setup. I think I'll make my annual pilgrimage to REI to see if I can find better gloves that don't cost an arm and a leg.
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I bought pearlizumi lobster gloves, and they work great down to about 15°F, then I put a pair of lightweight wicking gloves on. That gets me to upper single digits at which point I add chemical hand warmers.

I think I paid $75 for the gloves, but have no regrets.

Hope this helps.
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Forecast was for -10C this morning, but I don't thnk it could have been colder than -6. Traffic was moderate, and moved quickly. Being off for a few days meant my legs were fresh, and running 100+ psi in the tires made a big difference. What astounded me was how I could move through the cages - it was like an axe splitting wood. If a car jammed on its brakes right in front of me, there was always a spot to sneak into. Nice.
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