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Old 01-28-08, 08:10 AM
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Those pictures from Saskatchewa (Canada?) make my 25-degree commute this morning look pretty wimpy. In fact, my ride was downright pleasant -- no wind, clear roads, light traffic. Only problem was that I forgot to change out the batteries in my headlight that were getting pretty dim on my ride home Friday. So I had to turn around after heading down my street a short ways, go back home and put in some new batteries.
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It was 60F yesterday. So, the ride in this morning was warm. Around 40F.
Apparently I have forgotten how to dress for that temperature. 10 miles into the ride I had to remove a shirt.
6 miles later I removed my jacket. It was nice riding in a jersey and warmers.
I am riding a longer version of my commute today due to the temps and the business trip I will be heading on tomorrow to frigid Milwaukee. Going to use the hotel fitness center if I have time.
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It was -31C this morning, -49C with the wind. Decided not to ride in this morning.
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Down around 15F this morning. A wee mole scurried across the MUP in front of me. I saw 2 people in 5 miles. Supposed to warm up nicely today. Sunny, too.

Spent the weekend in Montreal. Seems like there are a lot more winter riders than I remember from previous visits. Where we parked for the weekend (Doubletree at Berri and Sherbrooke) had a whole stable of bicycles locked up in one spot.
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Old 01-28-08, 11:18 AM
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A beautiful morning, crisp and dry for the first time in recent memory. And apparently it won't last: more rain on the way.

I bailed on a training ride this morning. Didn't sleep well last night. I shoulda just drunk more coffee and gotten my butt out of the house. Oh well.
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Old 01-28-08, 11:20 AM
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Was really warm compared to last week!

35F this morning when I left. Had to try to remember what to wear at that temp. Felt faster with less layers- it was nice.

It lasts until tomorrow night when it goes back down to -10ish overnight.
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A little chilly this morning, -32C with windchill down to -48C or something stupid like that. I threw on some old snowboard pants 'cause I was dumb and left my regular bike pants at work on Friday. I have to say, the pants were okay, but not that great. The things that did work were the pogies I made, and the shoe covers. I wedged in some fleece material between my shoe and the shoe covers, and I my toes were surprisingly warm all the way in.

My wife is the true champ - she just put a down vest over top of her regular fall/winter bike wear, and that was it. She just wears regular mtn bike shoes with mesh toes, and didn't feel cold until about a block from her building. Truly, a burly girlie.
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^ Hardcore. What headgear do you wear?
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Old 01-28-08, 04:13 PM
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My first commute on the new bike! It seemed fast, but I'm not sure if it really was, or just that I was having fun. Couple of the hills were a bit more of an effort - had to get out of the saddle. But it's fun to ride; it has wider bars and fatter tyres than my other bike, so you can throw it around much more.

Can't wait until it's time to go home!
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Old 01-28-08, 07:13 PM
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Kinda sucked today, made it 2.5 miles, got a flat, i was prepared with a new tube and patch kit if needed, then i found that my $13 pump from target, some how even though its suppose to, won't slide over the shrader valve, called the wife and i got to work 15 minutes late. woo hoo. BTW, at lunch I bought a new different pump and mad sure it fit before I left.
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Old 01-28-08, 08:28 PM
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I had to drop off our newly acquired used car for service. The half mile walk is a bit boring so I took the wheels off my Miyata and took it along. The trip up to the office and back was much more fun than last time. The shop guys came around the counter to check out the bike - turns out they are avid riders.
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Old 01-29-08, 07:43 AM
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Down near 10F/-12C with a light headwind. Saw a little black and white cat.

Tomorrow morning, I'm doomed. 20MPH headwind and rain. 40F/4C though.
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Old 01-29-08, 07:50 AM
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Yesterdays commute was pure unadulterated evil... the roads were impassable in many places and the temperature with w/c was -46 C.

I like evil.
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Weird day to judge what to wear. Temp was almost 50F when I left, but winds of 15-20 mph.

I guess I got it right, I was a little sweaty when I arrived but the fingertips weren't real cold.

Normally I work from home Thursdays, but I think I'll make it tomorrow. The forecast calls for sustained winds of 20-30 mph with gusts over 40.
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Old 01-29-08, 08:33 AM
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Similar conditions to Itsjustb; forecast for a high of 65 F today!
I have a mid-day off-site appointment I'll be riding to, and I had the same questions about What to Wear.

Saw more fellow riders on the trail today than I'm used to this time of year, and was barked at by a tiny fluffy dog. A slow commute for some reason, as my morning commutes usually are. I still don't get that.
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Old 01-29-08, 09:22 AM
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Yesterdays ride in was beautiful. Mid 40's with a slight tail-wind. Coming home though everything changed. The roads had iced over from the wind and mid 30's temp and I ended up eating pavement twice. No harm done to me or the ride but I am definitely not attempting to tackle it today. The mixture of icy roads, possible blowing snow, and dangerous windchills will have me calling a taxi for the ride in and I will probably get a ride home from a coworker. This is the first day I will not be riding in due to the weather this winter. It saddens me a little. At least I work for the taxi company part-time so I get $2 rides. Woohoo!
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Great ride home yesterday. It was perhaps 30F, almost no wind, and the days are gettign longer; I didn't need hy headlight for the whole trip. I took a longer way home - it adds a mile and a few gentle hills. When I got home and my new toy - I mean new GPS - was waiting for me.
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Originally Posted by aMull
^ Hardcore. What headgear do you wear?
Two thin $10 balaclavas from MEC and an old helmet. The pads are out of the helmet, so the velcro sticks to the balaclavas and doesn't move around. Awesome.
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-32C [windchill to -47C] this morning. I wore an extra pair of longjohns to keep my buttocks from freezing. I made all my lights except for one and got to work right on time. The snow has been compressed into glare ice in a lot of places, but studded tires kept me upright.
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The ride in was windy, but nice. I was sick last week, so I took the long route to try and make up mileage. To see what tonight's gonna be like, see my cross post:

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...68#post6071068
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Relaxing to be back to normal sleet/slush from teens (F) of last week I have to say.
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Just beat the rain!
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Had to work late last night, so my ride home was totally in the dark, which made it a different sort of experience. This morning was just the opposite, as I left late for work, and my ride was totally in the daylight. It's amazing how much the daylight and warmer temperatures can speed you up. My average speed going to work this morning was about 1.5 mph higher than usual lately, even though I was riding into a pretty strong headwind most of the way. Hopefully I will have the wind at my back on the way home as it's expected to be very windy this afternoon, with gusts up to 30 mph or higher.
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Today was my first commute to my new job from my new home in a new state. 2.1 miles, slight rolling hills, made it in 9 minutes, door-to-door. I think I am going to like my new commute, all back roads, less lights and traffic, no daily bus dodging like I had to deal with in Rochester. They tried to give me a parking pass and gate card at orientation, I respectfully declined, but then they gave them to my manager to give to me. Even though I used a side entrance to campus and didn't have to deal with parking or the gate, I think I might go through the security gate anyway just to see the look on the security guard's face when I operate the gate from my bicycle and ride through
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Snowed last night and since the first 2 miles of the commute on a winding narrow narrow road, I rode my fixie with 28mm tires on the dirt trails by the irrigation ditches, I had to plow through an inch or more of snow -- not much but equalling tiring -- after that the road is more exposed to the sunlight and the snow was melting and has shoulders so that was cool. The last 1/2 mile before our company's campus is a 300+ concave hill and was a bit frozen on the sides. Still managed to do it and this where fixed gear really shines. I have slick gatorskin contis but I managed. If it snows again tonight I need to use my mountain bike!

Yesterday 24 mph headwind going to work, In the evening it was worse but it was on my back. I was going as fast as the cars on the way home
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