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Old 02-25-15, 07:30 PM
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Old 02-25-15, 08:18 PM
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Alaska is very warm this time of year...

Warmer there during winter than in Michigan... 2 years in a row...crazy!
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Old 02-25-15, 10:25 PM
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Nope. Tonight sucked, got dumped on, but just last Monday I rode for 9 hours! Been bike commuting every day this entire year so far. This is only the second day I've had to swap out my skinny road bike for my mountain bike.
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Old 02-26-15, 07:53 AM
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I'm sure my commute is easier than many of the guys on this thread. It takes a while, but for most of it I'm sleeping on a train. But for all that, there really isn't a Plan B. Parking at the station is crazy expensive and I don't have a car anyway. So I've been riding. It sucks. This winter has been too long, too cold, too nasty. And I usually like winter! It can't go on much longer.
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Old 02-26-15, 09:17 AM
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Finally got in a commute Tuesday. Tried out some new gloves, and my new helmet. Also tried a sweatshirt in between base layer and wind shell. It was almost too much, and pretty bulky. Got to ride home early so it was full on sunshine, upper 30's. It was great!

Yesterday, we got what I hope is our only snow this year. I hope this is it for winter. Got about 3-4" at my house, more farther south near work. Roads were also worse closer to work.
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Old 02-26-15, 08:27 PM
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Except for the effects of climate change and the extreme conditions, this mid-February isn't any different from others. That's why Groundhog day is in February as we anticipate the beginning of Spring which is always six weeks away regardless of what the groundhog does. That's why Sports Illustrated has the Swimsuit issue in February - because the Superbowl is over, other sports playoffs haven't started yet nor has baseball spring training started.

I don't know about other cities but in Toronto, we get a run up of trade shows from the boat show, auto show, the outdoor adventure show, and the bicycle show is coming up this weekend.

And then there are a flurry of vacation ads for people who can't last a half a season.

It's not this winter, it's every February and the marketers have you in their radar.
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Old 02-26-15, 08:44 PM
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Nope not stir crazy here, but the iguanas have been in hibernation for the last week or two.
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Old 02-26-15, 09:02 PM
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I am pass stir crazy. I haven't been cycling even once this month. We did have two days that were plenty suitable for riding but I wasn't able to get away. Now I am starting to get fat, lazy, and listless. 22 days till spring.
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Old 02-26-15, 09:24 PM
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Dry roads or plain snow is no problem.

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Got in a 40 mile night ride after work tonight Not much I had to deal with besides some cool weather and a few wet spots on the road from melting snow. Roads were pretty clear and hardly any wind!
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Old 02-27-15, 09:03 AM
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TN, BwaaaHaaa. Was 14 F for my 18 miles commute to work Thursday am. Here in the Boston MA area we have had 110+ inches of snow in one MONTH!. Um. No whining allowed. Ever. Pedal or not. There is always bourbon too. At that temp the gatorade freezes.I need to invest in an insulated bottle. Off road is more challenging. Following some dedicated walking/snowshoe/xc ski tracks good. Slightly off track results in wheels sinking 1-3 feet down for a snow angel off trail, not good. There are no bad bike commutes, only poor clothing choices. Choose wisely. Pedal on.
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Old 02-27-15, 09:15 AM
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TN, BwaaaHaaa. Was 14 F for my 18 miles commute to work Thursday am. Here in the Boston MA area we have had 110+ inches of snow in one MONTH!. Um. No whining allowed. Ever. Pedal or not. There is always bourbon too. At that temp the gatorade freezes.I need to invest in an insulated bottle. Off road is more challenging. Following some dedicated walking/snowshoe/xc ski tracks good. Slightly off track results in wheels sinking 1-3 feet down for a snow angel off trail, not good. There are no bad bike commutes, only poor clothing choices. Choose wisely. Pedal on.
Yeah, figured there would be posts like that. For me to purchase the clothing and equipment required for the type of winter weather Boston has had this year doesn't make sense for the ~2 weeks of sub-freezing temperatures we get here. We've had 3 or 4 (I've lost count) weather systems come through in the past 2 weeks dropping mostly ice, and then snow 2 days ago, which is HIGHLY unusual for this area. Kids have been out of school for 5 days out of the last 2 weeks, also highly unusual.
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Old 02-27-15, 09:19 AM
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I've only had 2 rides in two weeks and those were casual weekend rides. I've been running and shoveling snow for exercise. We've had record cold and near record snowfall. Supposed to be a big warm up next week with lots of rain. My last morning commute (23F/-5C) resulted in two flat tires and a call to my boss to pick me up. I'm hoping to get at least a couple of commutes in next week. I'm really looking forward to spring and milder temps. Less layers!
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Old 02-27-15, 11:04 AM
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I hate riding in single digit temps. I can never keep my hands warm longer than 10 minutes. Tired of having to wear so much gear to ride. The salty slush constantly rusts my chain and binds if I don't wipe and lube it every other ride. Riding through deep snow requires me to constantly sprint standing up. I can't sit down for a moment or I will loose momentum and come to a halt.

Most days are manageable, but it is those few days that aren't that make me hate riding in the winter and say F that and drive.
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Old 03-12-15, 09:46 AM
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i've been riding this winter in 5F-25F degrees this winter in NYC and it's really not that bad, what you have is a mental block.

really, it's all mental. and layering.

layering really needs to be done on the face/head, hands, and feet. two pairs of thick wool socks were enough. hands, two pairs of gloves. head/face: balaclava, skull cap and hood over the helmet. body can be layered but not as aggressively as extremities.

to keep things in perspective, there are people who are riding all winter long in edmonton where it gets much colder. Scandinavian countries. etc.

over snow: studded tires. i plan to get them now for next winter.

a denver cyclist (once from NYC) commutes thru snow recommended this site to check out for cycling in winter conditions:

Icebike Home Page

it's pretty awesome. i've been reading up on more info for next winter.
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Old 03-12-15, 10:33 AM
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I'm presently going stir-happy from the weather. More sunlight, warmer temps, snow is rapidly melting, and I've put the studded tires back into storage. I never fully realize how much winter gets me down until spring conditions return.
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Old 03-12-15, 10:47 AM
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I got my first ride of the season (but not the year) in yesterday and it felt great inspite of being reminded how much atrophy happened between rides. I wish there was less salt on the bike path and roads, but it felt great to be riding again. I even got to check out my latest light, wooohooo.
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No, just another day .. above ground .. when it was cold the skies were clear , cloud cover helps retain the heat from the day

& typical winter storms are out of the south .. pacific..

Arctic cold fronts stay behind the Mountains ..

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