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So 9 inches of snow. Is this worth doing?

Old 01-12-19, 09:08 AM
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So 9 inches of snow. Is this worth doing?

Well here in the Midwest we are getting abut 9 inches of snow not going to be out for awhile. Have actually been running on the treadmill mostly and the Wilier is on the trainer so I don't no forget how to pedal. The question is if I should do a complete take apart of my Habanero and clean it good. Why I ask is the it is not really dirty at all and it does not really need a tune up ( I am my own mechanic). But given it may not be getting out on if for a bit I could take the time and give it a real cleaning. Take the brakes off get the old tooth brush out, clean the cassette shiny and bright, chain, and all around the rest of the bike. The dilemma is that in thinking about it seriously it probably will not make the bike ride any better at all and it shifts fine nothing as such to adjust. Sometimes I do the big clean when I need routine maintenance to kill two birds with one stone. The only reason here is snow...…….Decisions...
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Old 01-12-19, 09:21 AM
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when we get snow, the last thing I want to do is sit on the couch and watch snow storm TV coverage. if you're not gonna go ride in it, x-c ski, rake your roof or shovel then that kind of bike maintenance can be relaxing. but if it's premature maybe you should go get out in it?
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Follow Rumrunn's advice and get you a set of x-country skies and boots. It you are going to live in the snow belt you may as well go out and play in it.
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Man where are you? In Chicago, it's just barely flurries right now. Expected to maybe get an inch or 2...not 9.

I'm sort of in the same boat though. Been contemplating ordering a crank puller and torque wrench for my new CX bike. It's in fine condition still...but there's some mud in crusty corners I can't get to.
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I'm in Peoria and we probably have 5" so far. I'll be back on the road in a few days easy as soon as the roads clear off, no problem.

Having said that, a good equipment cleaning and maintenance are always a good thing to pass the bad weather but if one lives in the snow belt, embrace it if you can.

EDIT: I’ve got an unofficial 8-9” on my deck at 3:00 PM and still coming down. Still, should be back on the road in a few days.
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Passing south of us again. We're not going to get squat. We've had all of 8-10" so far this season, an inch at a time. The snowblower is feeling lonely and neglected.
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Yes Bloomington we are getting blasted. The good thing is I a runner so i have a treadmill and I use it. Actually good for me as it requires I keep my form up I have terrible balance issues running at times.

I am just much better on the bike than running for my age 57. I have no speed running getting slower exponentially but on the bike I can still ride with fellows 1/2 my age a keep up. I guess I may dive in on the Habby these TI bikes are a treat and pretty easy to maintain.
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Dang, I wish I lived closer to you because I'd bring my 2 pairs of snowshoes and we could go out and have some adventures!! Snowshoeing is great crosstraining!

We only have a dusting up here in the western suburbs. Just enough that my car was slipping and sliding all over the place when I went to the grocery store earlier.
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I don't know I just cleared the stuff off the driveway with my 19 year old son and that makes for some serious cross training. I never get winded doing the shoveling but have to watch the back it can be irritated if I don't be careful.

Well I repair guitars for a living these days and maybe I better re-fret this guitar then think about the bike. If you can repair guitars frankly bikes are easy to work and much less fussy about it too.
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Yea, we got pegged my 6" of snow here (with locally heavier amounts) in My Fair City...absolute mess. And I had to be at work this morning. Ugh.
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Yep...all that is heading south of here.

I think I'll take the gravel bike out for a road ride tomorrow. Roads are dry, but covered in sand.
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cyclocross races go in snow. But may have more running than riding.. .
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We got about 2" overnight. It has pretty much all melted off today. I hope it dries up by the first of the week. I would like to get out some as it is suppose to get p into the 40's next week.
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Jealous of the snow everyone is getting.

If you're a runner, get yourself some skinny Nordic skis. Wax them to your heart's content, then ride ''m like you some them.

Skiing is more fun and a better workout than cycling. I haven't been on my bike for more than a month until today, but I've been skiing like crazy. Result: bike VO2max up one point according to per:hr.
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10.8" officially at the Peoria airport. Lot of drifting.
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In Kansas City, we received about 7 inches. Streets were cleaned much faster than usual; however my wife's rule of no electricity, no being at home means I am away from the bicycles now. Otherwise, today is a great bicycle workday.
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I've been out riding all weekend. Honestly a lot of fun, even if not at all safe. Highly recommend.

I need some knobby tires right now .
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There's like 10feet of snow outside here, and I'm happy to ride groomed trail with the fat bike. Way better than sitting home cleaning or swifting.
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Since no one has risen to this part of the question yet, yes take it apart and do some maintenance even if it's not strictly needed yet. Anything starting to look worn or frayed, get the order in. You'll feel better about it.
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Well here in the Midwest we are getting abut 9 inches of snow not going to be out for awhile. Have actually been running on the treadmill mostly and the Wilier is on the trainer so I don't no forget how to pedal. The question is if I should do a complete take apart of my Habanero and clean it good. Why I ask is the it is not really dirty at all and it does not really need a tune up ( I am my own mechanic). But given it may not be getting out on if for a bit I could take the time and give it a real cleaning. Take the brakes off get the old tooth brush out, clean the cassette shiny and bright, chain, and all around the rest of the bike. The dilemma is that in thinking about it seriously it probably will not make the bike ride any better at all and it shifts fine nothing as such to adjust. Sometimes I do the big clean when I need routine maintenance to kill two birds with one stone. The only reason here is snow...…….Decisions...
They don’t have beer and Netflix in the Midwest?...
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The question is if I should do a complete take apart of my Habanero and clean it good. Why I ask is the it is not really dirty at all and it does not really need a tune up ( I am my own mechanic). But given it may not be getting out on if for a bit I could take the time and give it a real cleaning. Take the brakes off get the old tooth brush out, clean the cassette shiny and bright, chain, and all around the rest of the bike. The dilemma is that in thinking about it seriously it probably will not make the bike ride any better at all and it shifts fine nothing as such to adjust. Sometimes I do the big clean when I need routine maintenance to kill two birds with one stone. The only reason here is snow...…….Decisions...
If that's your regular winter bike, it's a complete waste of time. The moment you ride it in any winter snow or anything at all all your work will be undone.
If it's your summer bike it's a question of if you think it's worth it for making the bike look pretty. :-D I do get my bike fully cleaned something because I liked having something that looks "new".
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My kid today. Said it was a good workout.
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Winter is my time to bring my bikes, one at a time, into the basement for overhauls and upgrades. Cleaning? That's done with a hose, in warmer weather.
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