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12-01-20, 01:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 224
Posted By parkbrav

I don't know about SealSkinz. I've cycled one...

I don't know about SealSkinz. I've cycled one hour into 0F conditions and my hands were sweating when I took off the Perl Izumis. They are expensive, but they are worth it.
...
12-01-20, 06:20 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,026
Posted By parkbrav

I've had work from home since March 17 or so....

I've had work from home since March 17 or so. That was a hard-fought victory but we got it. So now I cycle only 1 day out of 7 to the grocery store.
12-01-20, 06:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 224
Posted By parkbrav

Can you say a little bit more about what your...

Can you say a little bit more about what your conditions are like in your area and what you're looking for? Because temperatures vary by region and people have different preferences?

I have...
11-29-20, 03:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,026
Posted By parkbrav

Hey what up Tom, hope you had a great...

Hey what up Tom, hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Back for another winter season?
11-29-20, 07:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 171
Posted By parkbrav

Per the suggestion of another member here, I got...

Per the suggestion of another member here, I got the "Dry-Guy" boot covers for cross country skiing.

In the one or two times I needed to wear them last winter, they worked great. They slip on and...
11-27-20, 06:34 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,026
Posted By parkbrav

Studs and keep your feet parallel to the ground...

Studs and keep your feet parallel to the ground when anticipating the ice. I tend to keep my feet moving most of the time in anticipation of ice
11-16-20, 04:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 781
Posted By parkbrav

The Weather channel is predicting La Nina weather...

The Weather channel is predicting La Nina weather patterns this winter - cold and wet for the north.

It's also predicting "much warmer than normal" temperatures for much of the east and north east...
11-15-20, 10:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 781
Posted By parkbrav

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/bedford_train_station_b4f9c0635a7ea3455baa3a9fb0bccebfff1c8997.jpg

So This was the third consecutive weekend that I went cycling for...
11-06-20, 05:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 775
Posted By parkbrav

I can't say for sure. But I know that my limit is...

I can't say for sure. But I know that my limit is 1 hour in 15F/-10C temperatures with goggles on. At that point, my eyes start freezing shut even wearing the goggles
11-04-20, 10:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,051
Posted By parkbrav

Here in Boston, it was in the 20Fs this morning,...

Here in Boston, it was in the 20Fs this morning, but it's supposed to hit record-high temperatures for the next two weeks - upper 50s and 60s
11-02-20, 08:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 781
Posted By parkbrav

great video Zip!!! I checked out the local...

great video Zip!!!

I checked out the local bike path yesterday. Most of the snow melted, except there was a small section of frozen slush near the highway overpass. I had the studs on but I still...
10-30-20, 06:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 781
Posted By parkbrav

Early Winter in New England

Boston is getting clipped by Tropical Storm Zeta, which of course collided with the cold Canadian air that's besetting us this week. So, we got an inch of rain yesterday and now today we're getting...
09-19-20, 08:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,051
Posted By parkbrav

Topping out in the upper 50sF here in Boston ......

Topping out in the upper 50sF here in Boston ... getting an early blast of Canadian dry cold weather. No rain in sight for several weeks now
09-18-20, 10:46 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,735
Posted By parkbrav

When I was commuting, 2.5 miles each way was my...

When I was commuting, 2.5 miles each way was my normal distance. I've been impressed with my Trek FX commuter bike, which I've used for 10 miles round trip (5 miles each way) for an entire winter...
09-15-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,578
Posted By parkbrav

Yeah, I have 700X30C and they do a lot of...

Yeah, I have 700X30C and they do a lot of fish-tailing in these conditions
09-15-20, 01:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,347
Posted By parkbrav

We get so much slush in the Boston area...

We get so much slush in the Boston area mid-winter, that having studs as opposed to all-weather tires are probably a good idea. But it's your call.
09-15-20, 01:54 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,735
Posted By parkbrav

Congrats, I think you've come to the right place!...

Congrats, I think you've come to the right place! Tell me more about yourself? What region of the country are you cycling in? What are some of the factors influencing your decision to cycle this...
09-12-20, 08:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,223
Posted By parkbrav

I've got fenders this year. For the ubiquitous...

I've got fenders this year. For the ubiquitous "how do I clean my bike" thread, on Labor Day I did a thorough cleaning. I dusted the bike, I hosed it down with a gardening hose and then lubed up the...
09-12-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,735
Posted By parkbrav

work from home this autumn and possibly this...

work from home this autumn and possibly this winter, so no need to get a car, so I'll probably keep "winter cycling" this winter too.

I put the quotes around "winter cycling" because I only leave...
07-01-20, 03:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,690
Posted By parkbrav

Can I pick your brain? Are there a few pointers...

Can I pick your brain? Are there a few pointers you might please consider sharing so that I may also get ready for winter?

At this point in to the quarantine, I am cycling just once a week for...
06-29-20, 07:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,690
Posted By parkbrav

The "quick reply" is that I believe it's between...

The "quick reply" is that I believe it's between warm weather states, that start the spring earlier, vs. cold weather states, that start spring later. The warmer states would observe the...
06-20-20, 07:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,690
Posted By parkbrav

It's now official - Astronomical SUMMER has now...

It's now official - Astronomical SUMMER has now begun! (remember, the 2020 Leap Year throws off the calendar some)

"we're waxing down our SURF BOARDS - can't wait for June!" - "Surfing USA" the...
06-01-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,690
Posted By parkbrav

Early Summer Riding, Everyone

This just in from the Ch. 5 weather girl, we're now in meteorological SUMMER ... what happened to spring???

The same weather girl said that Boston was one inch under the average rain fall this...
05-18-20, 04:51 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,697
Posted By parkbrav

LeMOnd :eek: looks like someone forgot to water...

LeMOnd :eek: looks like someone forgot to water the lawn
05-09-20, 10:03 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,697
Posted By parkbrav

May 9th and what can only be described as a freak...

May 9th and what can only be described as a freak round of cold Arctic air and non-accumulating snow showers up here in Rt 38 Boston. With a "cold snap" into the mid 40s by day, low 30s by night.
...
05-05-20, 05:39 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,697
Posted By parkbrav

I agree, Jim, what a wonderful stretch of weather...

I agree, Jim, what a wonderful stretch of weather we expect to have over the next 14 days!
04-25-20, 02:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,347
Posted By parkbrav

I just checked and I found Schwalbe Marathon...

I just checked and I found Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires on sale for $31/each. To me, that's a great bargain ...presumably you're getting two ... One 45 North Xerxes costs $60
04-25-20, 11:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,347
Posted By parkbrav

Hi Sam, a warm welcome to Boston! I think...

Hi Sam, a warm welcome to Boston!

I think you've arrived at the right place, there are many of us winter warriors from Boston here on this forum.

I'm wrapping up my 5th year as a car-less...
04-18-20, 05:58 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,697
Posted By parkbrav

April 18th here, Boston is getting a "coating to...

April 18th here, Boston is getting a "coating to 6 inches" of heavy wet snow flakes. Here in my neck of the woods, it is accumulating (slightly) on the grass and melting on contact with the pavement....
04-11-20, 11:47 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,697
Posted By parkbrav

Jim - yep we got some magnolias going on up here...

Jim - yep we got some magnolias going on up here on Rt 38...

Boston - another storm rolling in Sunday night into Monday ... not technically a Nor'Easter ... more like a "South-Wester..." at least...
04-03-20, 09:57 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,697
Posted By parkbrav

Nothing like a Nor'Easter to brighten your...

Nothing like a Nor'Easter to brighten your quarantine, is there Boston? :lol: :notamused:
04-03-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,216
Posted By parkbrav

Great suggestion! I have some work gloves for...

Great suggestion! I have some work gloves for doing the "Grease work" on the bicycle. I didn't even think that I could use them for riding! Question: how much padding on palms do you get with the...
03-25-20, 06:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,956
Posted By parkbrav

Jim I used your assembly strategy, and it worked!...

Jim I used your assembly strategy, and it worked! Thanks to everyone for bearing with me
03-25-20, 07:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,956
Posted By parkbrav

yeah, thanks dude. I went to the Take-A-Look...

yeah, thanks dude. I went to the Take-A-Look website https://takealookactive.com/instructions/ and got it to work. Agree, it will need some duct or electrical tape as my safety glasses don't support...
03-24-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,956
Posted By parkbrav

I got a Take-A-Look mirror but I have no idea how...

I got a Take-A-Look mirror but I have no idea how to work the clamp or attach it to my pair of safety glasses. Can someone please help me out?
03-22-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 21,854
Posted By parkbrav

Also, beware any precipitation, because it could...

Also, beware any precipitation, because it could always freeze over night or at least make the road slick. Example: We're getting 2-5 inches here in Massachusetts Monday night into Tuesday, that can...
03-22-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 21,854
Posted By parkbrav

Good luck. The rule I follow is at least two...

Good luck. The rule I follow is at least two consecutive weeks, maybe three, of the daily low temperature above 32F - 0C - so that the risk of black ice is diminished, if not extinguished for the...
03-20-20, 03:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,431
Posted By parkbrav

As we celebrate the first few hours of...

As we celebrate the first few hours of astronomical spring, we look back and appreciate that low snow total and mild temperatures. We never want to "jinx" it, but that really WAS it!

And now that...
03-16-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,431
Posted By parkbrav

We have blossoming American Elm trees here in...

We have blossoming American Elm trees here in Metro North Boston - expected snow showers tomorrow morning but will warm up to the 50s tomorrow afternoon
03-10-20, 05:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,956
Posted By parkbrav

I had in mind something like this:...

I had in mind something like this: https://www.lowes.com/pd/3M-Multi-Purpose-Plastic-Anti-Fog-Safety-Glasses/1000040195

I got my pair of safety glasses for about $9, maybe tomorrow I might even...
03-08-20, 11:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,956
Posted By parkbrav

Jim's Famous Trick for Rear-view Mirror Goggles

Now that spring is upon us, I am considering creating a "rear-view mirror" using (Jim's idea) a dental mirror and safety glasses purchased from Lowes.

Are there any special instructions for...
03-05-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,515
Posted By parkbrav

Hahahaha, In my opinion, coming from a...

Hahahaha, In my opinion, coming from a 12-month-a-year commuting cyclist (until I get a car), we were spared! :thumb: I think St. Christopher, patron saint of travelers, who is technically NOT a...
02-28-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,515
Posted By parkbrav

Dates to Note March 1 - First day of...

Dates to Note

March 1 - First day of "Meteorological Spring" (Defined as: March, April, May)
March 8 - Daylight Savings (Spring Ahead)
March 17 - St. Patrick's Day
March 18 - "Last Full...
02-26-20, 04:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,629
Posted By parkbrav

To your point, Tyrion, there was a day last week...

To your point, Tyrion, there was a day last week in which there was almost no precipitation for the entire lower 48...such a thing almost never happens, especially this time of year
02-26-20, 02:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,562
Posted By parkbrav

It's being reported that "Boston, MA" had the...

It's being reported that "Boston, MA" had the second lowest snow fall totals ever - 15.1 inches all winter
...
02-26-20, 02:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,562
Posted By parkbrav

Yep. Good one. Well, it did rain quite a lot! I'm...

Yep. Good one. Well, it did rain quite a lot! I'm sure that rain could have been snow...;) Weather Channel predicted quite a lot of "snow shower" events that turned out to be rain
02-25-20, 05:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,629
Posted By parkbrav

Echoing RumRunn, but adding the following. We got...

Echoing RumRunn, but adding the following. We got lucky this year. But the warm winters can be dangerous because they can increase the prevalence of ice storms. The ice storms often start as rain (or...
02-21-20, 08:13 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,515
Posted By parkbrav

28 (or 29, depending on how you might count the...

28 (or 29, depending on how you might count the days) days left in the official "astronomical winter" season....:)
02-20-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,515
Posted By parkbrav

Weather Channel is predicting an abbreviated...

Weather Channel is predicting an abbreviated Polar Vortex for the last week of February (Thursday into Saturday) for much of the country
02-19-20, 10:21 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,515
Posted By parkbrav

Yeah, I'm still not seeing anything in the Boston...

Yeah, I'm still not seeing anything in the Boston forecast, other than some lower temperatures, and the "10 day" now extends all the way into March 3
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