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Old 02-09-21, 06:45 PM
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Some brutal Winter weather this weekend.

But the views were kind of ok.

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Old 02-09-21, 06:57 PM
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wacked weather/

ice in Austin,snow in Dallas this weekend? WTF-at least it will do in the mosquitos.
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Old 02-09-21, 07:39 PM
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80 degrees here today near San Antonio. It could get into the teens in a few days. Gotta cover pipes and place a space heater in the well house. Buzz killer.
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ice in Austin,snow in Dallas this weekend? WTF-at least it will do in the mosquitos.
Cancelled a trip to Austin a couple of years ago because of a forecast snow and ice storm lasting three days.
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Old 02-10-21, 07:59 AM
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We live right on "the dividing line" of whether we get ice or snow and sleet (maybe freezing rain). Weird looking outside this morning (2/10)-is the opposite of "usual". The roads and driveways are white, and the grassy surfaces are mostly clear. Doesn't look great for driving-glad I'm retired, and can stay put.
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It hasn't gotten into double digits in central Iowa for a few days and likely won't until next week. Great weather for walking since I have the local park all to myself, . And there's always Zwift.
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Old 02-10-21, 09:12 AM
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70 degrees yesterday. Just had to get out on the bike, it was too nice! And, weather is calling for several days of rain and temps in the 40s coming up. Not exactly 'brutal', but I won't be outside riding, either.
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Old 02-10-21, 10:46 AM
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Just east of Seattle
Only 5 nights so far this winter have dipped a couple of degrees below freezing
Next 5 nights will be below 32*, nothing below 26*. Possibly a little snow. Typical.

Agree the comment on freezing out some pesky insects. Hopefully.


Getting bikes ready for better outside conditions.
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So cold...
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Old 02-10-21, 03:33 PM
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Too cold to ride for at least another week. I know it gets a lot colder in a lot of places, but next Monday's projected high of 9 degrees makes today's 21 look balmy. Brrr.
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Old 02-16-21, 10:41 AM
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12 deaths so far. R.I.P.

59* this Sunday-Feb.21, hang in there.
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Originally Posted by HD3andMe View Post
But the views were kind of ok.

https://youtu.be/HYtpSK2zI78
It was 26 below zero here in Lincoln this morning.
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It's getting to be that time of the winter when the temps get up near 30f and I find myself out in a tee shirt. Thirty degrees seems cold in the autumn, but coming out of recent weeks of single digits, it's feeling like spring thaw may only be six weeks away.
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Old 02-16-21, 05:11 PM
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Here in northern Michigan, we call it “Tuesday”.
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In South Texas this is a blizzard

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Old 02-16-21, 09:56 PM
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Do people really ride bikes in snow? I tried and it's not easy. Lost control constantly, and took a few spills. I had 32 mm tires. Maybe if you're on a 29'er with 2.9 inch tires it's possible, but the last few days , I found a patch of road scraped bald to the asphalt and ran instead.
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Old 02-16-21, 10:49 PM
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Do people really ride bikes in snow? I tried and it's not easy. Lost control constantly, and took a few spills. I had 32 mm tires. Maybe if you're on a 29'er with 2.9 inch tires it's possible, but the last few days , I found a patch of road scraped bald to the asphalt and ran instead.
It depends on the snow. I rode a mountain bike with 2.3x26 tires in snow for a few years. If it snows and stays cold it's great and you can get traction.
If it gets soft and slushy it's like deep sand, forget it. If it melts and re-freezes then it's too icy.

With the right snow on the right trail it's a blast. Some people use studded tires for commuting but I've never tried them.
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We got winter lasagna - ice/powder/ice/powder/ice. Hard to know depth because it blew so much we have 6' drifts in some places and bare ground others. Something just under a foot I guess.

They have few snow plows here, so once you're off the arteries you're on your own. Our car is still stranded in the garage, but I think tomorrow we'll bust out. It's been above freezing for a couple days. Not that we really need to go anywhere, but I'd like some cream for my coffee.

I tried to ride in the stuff with my studded tire commuter and my MTB, but they both just crunched through the layers and stuck. Just like the vehicles we've been watching out the front window, from minivans to 4x4s. Until yesterday, they were going nowhere.
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Do people really ride bikes in snow? I tried and it's not easy. Lost control constantly, and took a few spills. I had 32 mm tires. Maybe if you're on a 29'er with 2.9 inch tires it's possible, but the last few days , I found a patch of road scraped bald to the asphalt and ran instead.
There's a bike race in Alaska that follows the Iditarod course (I believe) using fat tire bikes. Better them than me. 😊
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Fat tire bike with humongous studded tires. Even then, you’re not getting anywhere in a hurry. So much fun, tho.
No good in the above mentioned winter lasagna. The icy crust on the top of all the deep snow prevents any forward movement.

Another whopper of a storm supposed to be heading this way. Hope it goes easier on us this time.
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Do people really ride bikes in snow? I tried and it's not easy. Lost control constantly, and took a few spills. I had 32 mm tires. Maybe if you're on a 29'er with 2.9 inch tires it's possible, but the last few days , I found a patch of road scraped bald to the asphalt and ran instead.
Yes, that's what fat bikes are for. A lot of people have them now. Enough so that the trails get packed a couple days after a snow storm. The thing is to make sure the bike can take 5" tires (some fat bikes only fit 4"), then spend $400 or $500 on a pair of studded winter tires. It's a bit of an outlay, but with snow possible nearly six months out of the year, it's not so hard to justify if you want to keep riding outside.

Also, you can commute through the winter -including slush, light snow and packed snow. I did it for a couple decades. I used cheap 26x2" knobbies. I don't remember ever falling. Although I'd suffer occasional equipment failure from getting water in my shifter cable housing and/or cassette that would freeze and seize. Rim brakes get sketchy then too.

Here's a little snow biking video I made up behind my house:
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Great video, Brett A.
Perfectly illustrates how much fun it is to ride in the snow.
My only issue with my fat bike is I don’t get the chance to ride it as much as I would like. But for a couple hours each year, I feel like Winona Ryder in that scene from Edward Scissorhands when he makes it snow lol.
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I love that video! The stuff I rode in wasn't quite that fluffy. It usually wasn't much below 30 degrees, either. I had rim brakes and the snow piles up on top of the pads and melts from the heat so the brakes are always wet. Also, the snow on the pads contains sand and grit, which wears out the rims.

I met another guy snow biking one day and we became friends so I had someone to ride with sometimes. We'd hike up snow covered hills looking for fun descents.
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Round 2 Thursday about 12:30 pm
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Eight inches of beautiful, fluffy, powdery snow just dropped on the ground right now.
Finished shoveling the drive and walkway and am ready to head out on the fat bike.
Spring break! Whoo hoo!
Up here, Michael, up here.
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