Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Commuting
Reload this Page >

first cold commute, and finally have fenders!

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

first cold commute, and finally have fenders!

Reply

Old 11-03-14, 10:30 AM
  #1  
bmthom.gis
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
bmthom.gis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 2,994

Bikes: 2014 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 4 Rival; 2014 Cannondale Trail 7 29; 1972 Schwinn Suburban, 1996 Proflex 756, 1987(?) Peugeot, Dahon Speed P8; 1979 Raleigh Competition GS; 1995 Stumpjumper M2 FS, 1978 Raleigh Sports, Schwinn Prologue

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 212 Post(s)
first cold commute, and finally have fenders!

Well, I had my first cold commute this morning. For some, I am sure 36ish isn't that bad, and I have ridden in colder (only once on the road, the rest were mountain bike rides). It was DELIGHTFULl! I finally bought some cycling pants and a coat. The coat is windproof and warm in the front and pretty meshy in the back to avoid over heating. Definitely nice once it got into the lower 40s at the tail end of my ride.

I can think of only two other pieces of clothing I want for when winter finally does hit the south - toe covers for my shoes (I have a pair, but they aren't big enough for my boats...size 13, and they are a large! - they were free so I'll find a friend who may want them) and something to go over my lower face. I thought about just using one of the balaclavas I have, but that might be a bit too restrictive for my tastes, and we get cold, but not THAT cold down here. I am thinking a Buff (Buff®Sports | Cold Weather | Cycling) since it is pretty versatile with how you can wear it and it looks easy to pull off your face if you get a little too warm. The only problem I have with my clothes is all of it is black, so I guess I will have to start wearing a safety vest, or hope my lighting and reflectors are enough.

Anyway, I also finally got fenders for my bike. I won't need them until spring (I am not riding in the event of snow...the whole city shuts down and 90% of those who do drive really have no idea what they are doing), but wanted to put them on anyway to complete my bike at long last. The bike rack on my car makes a decent work stand.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
20141102_164204.jpg (105.1 KB, 85 views)
bmthom.gis is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-14, 01:53 PM
  #2  
chephy
Two H's!!! TWO!!!!!
 
chephy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Toronto, ON
Posts: 4,256
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
36 F? That's like, summer, 'round these parts.

I envy all you people who live in warm climates!

Big time!
chephy is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-14, 07:39 PM
  #3  
gdhillard
Senior Member
 
gdhillard's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Roanoke, VA
Posts: 249

Bikes: 2008 Scott SUB 30, 1981 Miyata Ridge Runner, Dahon Speed 8

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Beautiful bike. I hope to have one some day. You will love your fenders! And cold weather riding is the best, as long as you are dressed for it. Less sweat, no bugs, and less folks on the bike paths.
gdhillard is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-14, 08:00 PM
  #4  
bmthom.gis
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
bmthom.gis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 2,994

Bikes: 2014 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 4 Rival; 2014 Cannondale Trail 7 29; 1972 Schwinn Suburban, 1996 Proflex 756, 1987(?) Peugeot, Dahon Speed P8; 1979 Raleigh Competition GS; 1995 Stumpjumper M2 FS, 1978 Raleigh Sports, Schwinn Prologue

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 212 Post(s)
Originally Posted by gdhillard View Post
Beautiful bike. I hope to have one some day. You will love your fenders! And cold weather riding is the best, as long as you are dressed for it. Less sweat, no bugs, and less folks on the bike paths.

Thanks! I love that bike, even at 2 sizes too small i love it. As for fewer folks, it is rare to come across anyone else on my commute, and when i do 9/10 times they are riding on the sidewalk, probably salmoning. Less sweat is great. Fewer bugs...those are my protein snacks!
bmthom.gis is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-14, 04:51 AM
  #5  
chewa
The Flying Scot
 
chewa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: North Queensferry Scotland and London (and France)
Posts: 1,904

Bikes: Custom (Colin Laing) 531c fast tourer/audax, 1964 Flying Scot Continental, 1995 Cinelli Supercorsa, Holdsworth Mistral single speed, Dahon Speed 6 (folder), Micmo Sirocco and a few more

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Riding in still cold weather is one of the best things in life!

The wind dropped here last night and I went out in the dark. It was cold, peaceful, my world was defined by the limit of my lights, and I loved it. (Apart frpm getting a bollocking from my worried wife as I was out for longer than I told her - got carried away and rode further

The bike looks great. You'll enjoy the "fenders". Riding in the rain is also a buzz.
__________________
plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

1985 Sandy Gilchrist-Colin Laing built 531c Audax/fast tourer.
1964 Flying Scot Continental (531)
1995 Cinelli Supercorsa (Columbus SLX)
1980s Holdsworth Mistral fixed (531)
2005 Dahon Speed 6 (folder)
(YES I LIKE STEEL)
2008 Viking Saratoga tandem
2008 Micmo Sirocco Hybrid (aluminium!)
2012 BTwin Rockrider 8.1
chewa is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-14, 06:50 AM
  #6  
gdhillard
Senior Member
 
gdhillard's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Roanoke, VA
Posts: 249

Bikes: 2008 Scott SUB 30, 1981 Miyata Ridge Runner, Dahon Speed 8

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Originally Posted by bmthom.gis View Post
Thanks! I love that bike, even at 2 sizes too small i love it. As for fewer folks, it is rare to come across anyone else on my commute, and when i do 9/10 times they are riding on the sidewalk, probably salmoning. Less sweat is great. Fewer bugs...those are my protein snacks!
Too small? I need around a 54. If you ever want to move up to a bigger one, let me know.
gdhillard is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-14, 07:03 AM
  #7  
acidfast7
EU > USA
 
acidfast7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: England / CPH
Posts: 8,131

Bikes: 2010 Cube Acid

Mentioned: 36 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 860 Post(s)
I must agree that riding in the cold is great. Today was our first cold spell and I'll go for evening run as well.



I grew up in Maine and sometimes miss the really hard winters!
acidfast7 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-14, 07:08 AM
  #8  
bmthom.gis
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
bmthom.gis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 2,994

Bikes: 2014 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 4 Rival; 2014 Cannondale Trail 7 29; 1972 Schwinn Suburban, 1996 Proflex 756, 1987(?) Peugeot, Dahon Speed P8; 1979 Raleigh Competition GS; 1995 Stumpjumper M2 FS, 1978 Raleigh Sports, Schwinn Prologue

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 212 Post(s)
Originally Posted by gdhillard View Post
Too small? I need around a 54. If you ever want to move up to a bigger one, let me know.
This one is a 52. I usually ride a 56.
bmthom.gis is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-14, 07:13 AM
  #9  
bmthom.gis
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
bmthom.gis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 2,994

Bikes: 2014 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 4 Rival; 2014 Cannondale Trail 7 29; 1972 Schwinn Suburban, 1996 Proflex 756, 1987(?) Peugeot, Dahon Speed P8; 1979 Raleigh Competition GS; 1995 Stumpjumper M2 FS, 1978 Raleigh Sports, Schwinn Prologue

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 212 Post(s)
People at work thought I was crazy yesterday. Unfortunately I have to drive today. The wife tore a contact lense yesterday and needed me to drive her home. I had 2 of my bikes at the office and rode iver to her office (about 4 miles) on my Fuji, leaving my Volpe and clothes at my office. I could do the commute in the Fuji but I need different pedals (size 13 shoes in toe cages did not work so well) and i left my warm clothes at the office.
bmthom.gis is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-14, 08:44 AM
  #10  
bmthom.gis
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
bmthom.gis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 2,994

Bikes: 2014 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 4 Rival; 2014 Cannondale Trail 7 29; 1972 Schwinn Suburban, 1996 Proflex 756, 1987(?) Peugeot, Dahon Speed P8; 1979 Raleigh Competition GS; 1995 Stumpjumper M2 FS, 1978 Raleigh Sports, Schwinn Prologue

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 212 Post(s)
People at work thought I was crazy yesterday. Unfortunately I have to drive today. The wife tore a contact lense yesterday and needed me to drive her home. I had 2 of my bikes at the office and rode iver to her office (about 4 miles) on my Fuji, leaving my Volpe and clothes at my office. I could do the commute in the Fuji but I need different pedals (size 13 shoes in toe cages did not work so well) and i left my warm clothes at the office.
bmthom.gis is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-14, 09:33 AM
  #11  
Wanderer
aka Phil Jungels
 
Wanderer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: North Aurora, IL
Posts: 8,000

Bikes: 08 Specialized Crosstrail Sport, 05 Sirrus Comp

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 139 Post(s)
You can get a LONG set of mudguards from PB for about $5....... or hang a piece of lightweight rubber off the bottom - it will make a difference. Personally, I'd go with their LONG mudflaps, and they will pop right on..
Wanderer is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-14, 06:56 AM
  #12  
jake0490
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Fenders look good! Whereabouts in columbia do you commute? I usually ride in three times a week and maybe see one other commuter every few times.
jake0490 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-14, 08:44 AM
  #13  
bmthom.gis
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
bmthom.gis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 2,994

Bikes: 2014 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 4 Rival; 2014 Cannondale Trail 7 29; 1972 Schwinn Suburban, 1996 Proflex 756, 1987(?) Peugeot, Dahon Speed P8; 1979 Raleigh Competition GS; 1995 Stumpjumper M2 FS, 1978 Raleigh Sports, Schwinn Prologue

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 212 Post(s)
Originally Posted by jake0490 View Post
Fenders look good! Whereabouts in columbia do you commute? I usually ride in three times a week and maybe see one other commuter every few times.
I ride in from Lexington. The majority of my route is Ermine by the airport to pick up Platt Spings Rd and Knox Abbott for the bike lane.You are the first I have met on here from the same area! How about you?
bmthom.gis is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-14, 09:11 AM
  #14  
tattman23
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Chicago
Posts: 54

Bikes: Trek 7.4 FX, 80's Raleigh Pursuit 12-speed "Sport-Touring Geometry" with fully functional QuickStand, thanks Raleigh

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Can I know the brand/part# of the fenders? (you know it was only a matter of time til somebody asked - they look good man)
Those are really close to what I think I'm looking for, for my commuter Trek FX. Problem is, there are "too many choices" .

Thanks bmthom - I'm in Chicago but being a gentleman, will spare you any comparisons related to "cold". There are positives for sure, to riding when it's not hot/muggy. Having learned from last winter I should be able to do a better job of preparing for local "extremes" this time around - when we're in the deep-freeze, a headwind numbs one up pretty quickly!
tattman23 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-14, 10:18 AM
  #15  
bmthom.gis
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
bmthom.gis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 2,994

Bikes: 2014 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 4 Rival; 2014 Cannondale Trail 7 29; 1972 Schwinn Suburban, 1996 Proflex 756, 1987(?) Peugeot, Dahon Speed P8; 1979 Raleigh Competition GS; 1995 Stumpjumper M2 FS, 1978 Raleigh Sports, Schwinn Prologue

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 212 Post(s)
it looks like these are it. They had been at that particular bike shop long enough where they weren't in inventory and as they were closing and I had previously worked there they were free
http://www.amazon.com/Evo-Power-Guar.../dp/B00ASSQTHM
I have 35C tires on and there is plenty of clearance for wider.
bmthom.gis is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-14, 01:45 PM
  #16  
tattman23
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Chicago
Posts: 54

Bikes: Trek 7.4 FX, 80's Raleigh Pursuit 12-speed "Sport-Touring Geometry" with fully functional QuickStand, thanks Raleigh

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Originally Posted by bmthom.gis View Post
it looks like these are it. They had been at that particular bike shop long enough where they weren't in inventory and as they were closing and I had previously worked there they were free
Amazon.com : Evo Power Guard LT-45 Fender - Fits 700c x 32-45 : Bike Fenders : Sports & Outdoors
I have 35C tires on and there is plenty of clearance for wider.
Thanks. Sounds like for you the price was just right, too.
I am already appreciating how nice it will be to arrive at point B with no water/dirt stripe, after the first wet day commute.
Note for hybrid bike shoppers - it might happen on any and every bicycle to some degree, but the front wheel back-splash on the Trek FX, seems directed straight at both my feet! Commuting in essentially sneakers, I had resorted to stashing spare socks at work for the times my dogs got soaked clean through. We might be solving multiple issues at one go, with these.
tattman23 is offline  
Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service