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Old 01-16-08, 03:30 PM
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It looks like it's going to rain here later on too. Very overcast at the moment. Not too hot though, which is nice.

Uneventful ride in. Managed to stay upright...!
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Old 01-16-08, 03:46 PM
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The snow is all gone downtown,we are having unusually warm weather in Norway now. Raining and still pitch dark when I cycled in to work this morning. A bit scary with rain and darkness, not shure the drivers are paying enough attention to the few cyclists around. Getting more and more used to my fixieconversion, but still do not get how to trackstand at the red lights; that is easier on a freewheel bike still.
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Old 01-16-08, 11:06 PM
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cold mofo on the way in today, nice and warm on the ride home. Gotta love 17C temperature swings. A big "eff you" to the brutal driver who tried to run into me on Centre St Bridge. I had to lock up my tires to avoid running into him as he changed lanes with no warning. I'm mad at myself as I broke one of my own rules and chased him down to pound on his window.
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Today was a 25 mi RT commute, almost dittos from yesterday except for some good wind gusts here and there on the way home. Just enough to grit and make it interesting. Don't forget the clear safety glasses to keep the junk blowing around in the air out of the eyes.
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Old 01-17-08, 03:45 AM
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Sunny and crisp (35F). Even the hilltop in Tacoma was not as windy! But I know the nice weather is not going to last.
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Old 01-17-08, 07:20 AM
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Another fine morning ride down in the single digits F.

Yesterday on my ride home, I stopped and listened to ice being made. Champlain has flooded the wetlands next to the MUP, and it's freezing up, making cracking and popping sounds as the ice expands.
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Old 01-17-08, 07:26 AM
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Beautiful and quiet! 3 deg F and a slight breeze.....
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Old 01-17-08, 07:32 AM
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64F, rained all night, but not raining this morning.

Lots of water on the ground + Full length fenders = bone dry

I love my fenders!

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Old 01-17-08, 09:40 AM
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A little bit above freezing this morning - no balaclava! Apparently it's snowing hard right now, so maybe the slicks weren't such a hot idea. Oh well, I'll just have to go to the pub instead...
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Old 01-17-08, 10:13 AM
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I chickened out today, 1" of snow on the ground seemed like a bad idea for my thin road tires....so I took my cage (car) to work. :-(
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3 degrees with a -15 windchill. Anyone else feel sluggish in these temps?
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Old 01-17-08, 11:05 AM
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33F and super clear. Just a gorgeous morning. My buddy was running late (flat tire) so we cut it short. Still, I'm over a hundred miles for the week with a 50 miler scheduled for Saturday. These are summertime mileages for me; it's great to get the miles in while the weather holds.
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Old 01-17-08, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by bikemore7
3 degrees with a -15 windchill. Anyone else feel sluggish in these temps?
On tuesday yes. This morning I kinda hammered because I felt good. It was windier today.

In this many clothes it is hard to not feel sluggish!

Is it a bad sign if the temp dropped from the 3F it was this morning? LOL
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Originally Posted by bikemore7
3 degrees with a -15 windchill. Anyone else feel sluggish in these temps?
These temps make it hard for me to gear up and get outside, but once I am out and warmed up, I feel invigorated by the cold air.

Of course, if you don't properly gear up, these temps can make for an absolutely *miserable* experience.
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Old 01-17-08, 11:50 AM
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A sunny 7F day - got my layers right so no issues except my glasses getting fogged due to my facemask. It's a balmy 30F now so should be a warm ride home
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Nice & crisp morning here in Oakland, low 40's when I left the house - not a cloud in the sky, you really can't ask for more than this in January. My lunchtime commute is looking good as well, winds are mild so far (knock wood). I have to say that I have an enormous amount of respect for all you winter commuters in the Midwest or the East Coast, my winter commute is probably like a spring commute to you all. You guys would laugh at my winter outfit, I probably have on more layers than someone commuting in Minnesota!
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Old 01-17-08, 12:49 PM
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More of the same; 20sF, sunny, still.
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Old 01-17-08, 02:52 PM
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Had to come in early for a meeting this morning (8am, gasp! ) - other than different traffic behaviour/amount it was the same decent ride in, and enjoyable! Not too cool, but still a keen chill to the air.

Found out today my Rob Roy group buy frameset will be ready in the first week of March, so it looks like I should probably get my roadie overhauled (BB/drivetrain) sooner than later (was hoping to run it into the ground and then relax about the rebuild).
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my hours got cut at work so I'm down to 2-3 days a week. For various reasons I can't/won't commute to school (I'm in nursing school) Went out for a fun/scavenge ride (garbage night) with my brother. About 8 miles we came across a little skating pond. Even with the warm snap we had recently I thought it would be a decent idea to ride across it. That proved to be a stupid idea because I ended up falling through the ice. It was deeper than I thought and lets just say it was a cold ride home and the bike needs some attention.
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Old 01-17-08, 06:20 PM
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Falling through ice sounds like no fun at all.

Luckily it's an uncommon occurance in Sydney...!!!

Still very overcast today - where has summer gone? Dry for my ride this morning, but there's drizzle now. Could be a wet ride home.
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Warm Commute

Commute was fine. Ot's been abnormally warm in my area of Connecticut.
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Originally Posted by trombone
Falling through ice sounds like no fun at all.

Luckily it's an uncommon occurance in Sydney...!!!

Still very overcast today - where has summer gone? Dry for my ride this morning, but there's drizzle now. Could be a wet ride home.
At least it was good for a few laughs. I'll file it under lessons learned next to "Ape hanger bars aren't good on a full suspension MTB for semi serious MTB trails" Sometimes I really wonder about myself...
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30 mi RT commute today, very pleasant ride both directions. Here at 33.5 north latitude, the sun is staying up a bit later now and I get home by 5:30 pm before darkness sets in. Mornings are even better, it is getting pretty light by 6:30 am when I hit the road.
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Old 01-18-08, 07:01 AM
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Yesterday's ride home was a lot of fun-for a while, at least; about an inch or two of granular accumulation which was grippy enough for near-normal speeds. I rode and chatted with a messenger for a while, was proud to be out there with the truly hard core. He was on a Surly fixie with slicks and was on a run from DC to Alexandria, impressive. The freezing rain that was initially falling turned to a hard, soaking rain about a mile from home. Luckily I ran into a friend with a truck just as I was starting to get soaked through. I threw the bike in the back and he gave me a lift home. It was nice to ride in the heated cab for the last 10 minutes or so.

This morning's ride in was nothing short of treacherous. The streets were largely ice-free but the MV Trail and especially the bridges, were covered with black ice. I road slowly and over-geared but still spun the back wheel when I pedaled. I had to unclip and outrigger a leg on many sections and had to walk over a bridge near the airport. I nearly dumped it at the rugby fields as I approached an icy section at about 8-10 mph I grabbed the back brake and got completely sideways. I thought for sure I was going down but managed to prop myself up with my left leg. I couldn't believe it, I just had to laugh after that one.

My ride time was just about doubled but I made it in safely and completed another "all ride week". Fortunately today's temps will be in the high 40's so any remaining ice will be gone by the afternoon ride home.
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Old 01-18-08, 07:43 AM
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Snow! Bit of a minor storm system here in the Champlain Valley. Not much in the way of accumulation though. Temps just below freezing.

First bicycle tracks all the way in. I felt like I had dropped anchor, and when I got to work, I realized why. I got off the bike to walk it in, and the snow was pretty heavy. Even the inch or so was putting a lot of drag on the tires. I picked the bike up just to make sure it wasn't a disk grabbing or something. Nope. Wheels spun just fine.

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This morning's ride in was nothing short of treacherous.
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