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Forum: Commuting
06-12-19, 11:16 AM
Replies: 1,135
Views: 27,400
Posted By Wolfhaven

Finally warm enough to ditch the knee warmers. ...

Finally warm enough to ditch the knee warmers. Was nice. Calm but after a night of rain things were damp and foggy. Glasses kept fogging up. The rain helped get the gravel into better riding...
06-11-19, 02:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,386
Posted By Wolfhaven

Bright clothes. Lights in any lowlight...

Bright clothes. Lights in any lowlight situation. Have been run into from behind despite doing this, just can't help stupid. Route selection and willing to change routes if one gets dangerous,...
Forum: Commuting
06-07-19, 10:46 AM
Replies: 1,135
Views: 27,400
Posted By Wolfhaven

Ouch! Tough finding out we don't bounce like we...

Ouch! Tough finding out we don't bounce like we used to.

Cool in the mornings still. They graded the entire 6.5 miles of gravel road yesterday so it's loose, soft gravel the entire way. Makes...
Forum: Commuting
06-06-19, 10:05 AM
Replies: 1,135
Views: 27,400
Posted By Wolfhaven

Mornings are staying cool. 42 today with light...

Mornings are staying cool. 42 today with light fog and 92% humidity. Forecasted for a beautiful mid 70's for the afternoon. See what happens. If the wind shifts off the lake it may hit mid 50's. ...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 1,135
Views: 27,400
Posted By Wolfhaven

Pleasantly surprised to see a balmy 46 this...

Pleasantly surprised to see a balmy 46 this morning. Was expecting upper 30's. Light overcast and calm to start with unforecasted rain the last couple miles. Cruising down the gravel I spotted a...
Forum: Commuting
05-31-19, 02:28 PM
Replies: 1,135
Views: 27,400
Posted By Wolfhaven

Woke up to 36 degrees. Warm clothes came back...

Woke up to 36 degrees. Warm clothes came back out. Was overdressed by the time I made it in. Nice to have a few days of sunshine for a change. Noticed this morning the swan was off her nest. saw...
05-30-19, 08:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,099
Posted By Wolfhaven

I've been really enjoying my Fargo. Just swapped...

I've been really enjoying my Fargo. Just swapped out the 2.6 for 2.35 big apples for commuting on mixed surfaces. Really loving the woodchipper bars, I can finally ride comfortably in the drops for...
Forum: Commuting
05-30-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 1,135
Views: 27,400
Posted By Wolfhaven

Woke up to 46 degrees so it was knee and wrist...

Woke up to 46 degrees so it was knee and wrist warmers and a wool bike hat. Light overcast with the sun trying to get through. First noticed it as a faint red ball which slowly grew brighter. Had...
Forum: Commuting
05-29-19, 08:06 AM
Replies: 1,135
Views: 27,400
Posted By Wolfhaven

Over the weekend I swapped out my 2.6 tires for...

Over the weekend I swapped out my 2.6 tires for 2.35 big apples and what a difference on the pavement. Was a little nervous on the hilly 6 mile gravel stretch but they worked just fine. Warmest...
Forum: Commuting
05-21-19, 06:56 AM
Replies: 1,135
Views: 27,400
Posted By Wolfhaven

Mornings are still frosty. Clear sunrise and...

Mornings are still frosty. Clear sunrise and pretty calm. Had to drop my truck off so it was a short ride from the shop to work. Today is the last day this week I'll be able to ride.
Forum: Commuting
05-20-19, 07:09 AM
Replies: 1,135
Views: 27,400
Posted By Wolfhaven

Yesterday was an all day snow storm leaving...

Yesterday was an all day snow storm leaving behind a load of slushy wet snow. 32 degrees, clear and calm with a beautiful sunrise. Rode in tire tracks through the snow until I came off the ridge...
Forum: Commuting
05-17-19, 07:42 AM
Replies: 1,135
Views: 27,400
Posted By Wolfhaven

Yikes! That sucks. Hopefully insurance covers...

Yikes! That sucks. Hopefully insurance covers your losses.

Haven't been able to ride all week so it was nice to get back on the bike this morning. Forecast called for a low of 40. Was...
Forum: Commuting
05-10-19, 07:55 AM
Replies: 1,135
Views: 27,400
Posted By Wolfhaven

Weather has been all over the spectrum this week....

Weather has been all over the spectrum this week. I have a 17 plus mile commute with 6.5 miles of gravel to spice it up. Tuesday it was 24 degrees in the morning with clear and calm, while the ride...
Forum: Commuting
10-23-18, 08:53 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,356
Posted By Wolfhaven

Getting to be winter here too. Leaves are pretty...

Getting to be winter here too. Leaves are pretty much gone already and my ride in started with 29 degree temps. Afternoon ride was in the low 50's and the usual cold NW winds. At 29 it was a long...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-18, 01:59 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,013
Posted By Wolfhaven

Varies but normally I've been using a Surly Disc...

Varies but normally I've been using a Surly Disc Trucker with 45's for the long stretch of gravel. Some days I'll mix it up and ride my Surly ECR or my Giant Anyroad with 40's. Used my Anyroad...
10-09-18, 11:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,017
Posted By Wolfhaven

I like Smartwool merino wool base layers year...

I like Smartwool merino wool base layers year round. Used a short sleeve and long sleeve version this summer, including on a week long backcountry trip. For that trip I also wore Icebreaker wool...
10-09-18, 11:19 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,138
Posted By Wolfhaven

I have a couple different ones I wear on my...

I have a couple different ones I wear on my commutes. Down to 0 degrees F I wear a thinner one from carhartt. Below zero I switch to a rag wool one. To help with heat retention I use a cheap...
08-07-18, 09:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,267
Posted By Wolfhaven

I put WTB Riddlers in 45's on my Disc Trucker. ...

I put WTB Riddlers in 45's on my Disc Trucker. They are comfortable and handle really well in loose gravel. Most of my gravel riding is on my commute to work so I'm not racing or going very fast. ...
Forum: Commuting
08-07-18, 08:22 AM
Replies: 254
Views: 11,214
Posted By Wolfhaven

It's a secondary road I choose to ride. I have...

It's a secondary road I choose to ride. I have two blacktop options. The fastest would be an 8 mile stretch of county road with no shoulder, it's fogline and then gravel shoulder. The other option...
Forum: Commuting
08-06-18, 02:19 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 11,214
Posted By Wolfhaven

It is a beautiful ride. I'm on a high ridge by...

It is a beautiful ride. I'm on a high ridge by farms and woods and can catch glimpses of Lake Superior. The gravel is my favorite segment that takes me by horse farms, hay fields, wooded sections...
Forum: Commuting
08-06-18, 01:35 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 11,214
Posted By Wolfhaven

I'll never make 20mph average despite my route to...

I'll never make 20mph average despite my route to work being mostly downhill. With six+ miles of gravel with several creek bottoms to climb out of and a larger river bottom climb I don't get to...
Forum: Commuting
08-06-18, 12:44 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 6,370
Posted By Wolfhaven

I've seen quite the mix riding to/from work. The...

I've seen quite the mix riding to/from work. The usual deer, ducks, geese, swans, turkeys, grouse, skunks, coyotes, rabbits, and bear. More rare but have spooked two different timber wolves, one...
07-05-18, 07:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 477
Posted By Wolfhaven

Biked the route in May of 2017. Very nice and...

Biked the route in May of 2017. Very nice and scenic route. Early May meant little traffic from cabin owners. A nice mix of gravel, trails, single track and pavement. Camp grounds were right on...
06-25-18, 01:08 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,992
Posted By Wolfhaven

Just diagnosed two weeks ago when it started and...

Just diagnosed two weeks ago when it started and am still in it. Was told no biking at workout pace, no hockey and no chain saws... Mostly due to the blood thinners. My commute is 16.6 miles and...
06-25-18, 12:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 443
Posted By Wolfhaven

If you have a few brands in mind you should be...

If you have a few brands in mind you should be able to contact them directly and ask for their recommendations.
03-02-18, 07:45 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,638
Posted By Wolfhaven

Mrs Delicious

There's an awesome woman in Duluth, Minnesota that's been doing this for several years. She goes by Mrs Delicious. She has a great backstory to why and how she started. Summer she sells ice cream,...
03-03-17, 08:46 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,820
Posted By Wolfhaven

Not bike helmets but hockey helmets have to...

Not bike helmets but hockey helmets have to undergo testing for US and Canadian safety standards. Helmets range in price from $40 to well over $100. Some claim improved protection from concussions....
02-22-17, 01:46 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 5,416
Posted By Wolfhaven

Started young since alcohol was no big deal in my...

Started young since alcohol was no big deal in my house. As a teen I could raid the old man's beer fridge if I wanted. Never was anything exciting to me. Drank some at HS parties but once I became...
02-09-17, 09:34 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,683
Posted By Wolfhaven

Done some self supported road touring. This year...

Done some self supported road touring. This year I have signed up to ride with a group doing an unsupported tour over 3 days in a national forests riding gravel and dirt roads. Bought an ECR to do...
01-13-17, 11:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,346
Posted By Wolfhaven

I have a few different pairs of Icearmor gloves. ...

I have a few different pairs of Icearmor gloves. Water/windproof and pretty tough. Use wear them for biking, ice fishing and snowblowing. The only issue is there isn't a removable liner to speed...
Forum: Commuting
12-30-16, 10:30 AM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 122,338
Posted By Wolfhaven

Been an interesting couple of weeks for...

Been an interesting couple of weeks for commuting. Roads were in good shape so I rode my Aurora and midday, in my office, a spoke snapped. Guess she's telling me to lose weight. The next couple...
Forum: Commuting
12-21-16, 12:37 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 10,285
Posted By Wolfhaven

After rereading my post I don't see where I said...

After rereading my post I don't see where I said that or even hinted that it doesn't happen. OP drew an absolute that there is never a reason for it. I disagreed stating my personal lifestyle as an...
Forum: Commuting
12-21-16, 11:32 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 10,285
Posted By Wolfhaven

I commute using my pickup when I'm not commuting...

I commute using my pickup when I'm not commuting by bike. You must live a very secluded city life where your lifestyle has you inside on the couch. Those of us that are active outdoors and live a...
Forum: Commuting
12-20-16, 12:38 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,398
Posted By Wolfhaven

Last year I started riding in May and had a goal...

Last year I started riding in May and had a goal of 1,500 miles. Didn't make it. Was close though. This year pretty much the same, started in May and set a goal of 2,000 miles for the year. Did a...
Forum: Commuting
12-09-16, 12:16 PM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 122,338
Posted By Wolfhaven

14 this morning and that nasty wind was gone. ...

14 this morning and that nasty wind was gone. Big plus. Put on thicker wool socks but they restrict my feet in my shoes too much. Took it easy and ended up unzipping the jacket part way to vent...
Forum: Commuting
12-08-16, 09:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,237
Posted By Wolfhaven

I paid closer attention to the pressure points...

I paid closer attention to the pressure points and noticed that's where my feet started getting cold and quickly went to the toes. I don't think the pedal is going to draw much heat from the foot,...
Forum: Commuting
12-08-16, 08:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,857
Posted By Wolfhaven

I've been using Under Armor infrared long...

I've been using Under Armor infrared long underwear with a pair of shorts over them. Wore them yesterday with temps around 20 and windchills down below zero. Legs were chilled in the wind but any...
Forum: Commuting
12-07-16, 08:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,237
Posted By Wolfhaven

Pedal size matter for cold weather?

Had an interesting thought as my mind wandered on my ride home yesterday. Does the pedal size matter for keeping your feet warmer? I think a narrower pedal would apply more pressure on your foot in...
Forum: Commuting
12-07-16, 08:22 AM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 122,338
Posted By Wolfhaven

Been windy and cold the past couple of days. ...

Been windy and cold the past couple of days. More like normal. Yesterday the temps dropped during the day so I carried a mid layer for the ride home into the 15-20 mph headwinds. Eased the effort...
Forum: Commuting
12-06-16, 09:03 AM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 122,338
Posted By Wolfhaven

34 with light flurries this morning. A nice...

34 with light flurries this morning. A nice tailwind made for an easy ride in. Temps drop all day with snow and strong winds for the ride home. See if I made the right clothing choices. Been...
Forum: Commuting
12-06-16, 08:54 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,631
Posted By Wolfhaven

I didn't commute much at all last winter. Lost...

I didn't commute much at all last winter. Lost the mindset to just do it. I wouldn't ride in high winds or rain either. Then I rode the Mississippi river trail in Minnesota this summer and faced...
Forum: Commuting
12-02-16, 09:44 AM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 122,338
Posted By Wolfhaven

29 but dry this morning. I'll take it. As I...

29 but dry this morning. I'll take it. As I walked out of the house I grabbed a pair of ice armor gloves but just walking to the garage they proved to be too warm. Put on some leather work gloves...
Forum: Commuting
12-01-16, 12:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,265
Posted By Wolfhaven

My commute takes me by a house that kicks two...

My commute takes me by a house that kicks two dogs out the door to spend hours in the yard loose. One is older and barks on occasion in the dark morning hours. The other is a brittany that has...
Forum: Commuting
12-01-16, 10:08 AM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 122,338
Posted By Wolfhaven

Tired of the wet. Rained yesterday and the temps...

Tired of the wet. Rained yesterday and the temps are just above freezing. Sanding trucks were out this morning since it was hovering around 32 degrees. Glad I put the studs on last night. Headed...
Forum: Commuting
11-30-16, 09:09 AM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 122,338
Posted By Wolfhaven

Cool as I stepped outside this morning. Spitting...

Cool as I stepped outside this morning. Spitting snow/rain the entire ride. Nothing to get wet by though. Had a minivan I didn't recognize pass and give me a tap on the horn after he got by. A...
11-29-16, 12:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,154
Posted By Wolfhaven

^^^ this. Dew point can be a big factor.

^^^ this. Dew point can be a big factor.
11-29-16, 12:30 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,772
Posted By Wolfhaven

I use a carhartt balaclava made for wearing under...

I use a carhartt balaclava made for wearing under a hardhat. Thin yet warm.
Forum: Commuting
11-29-16, 09:12 AM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 122,338
Posted By Wolfhaven

Wet, damp, soggy, yuck. Left my headcover and...

Wet, damp, soggy, yuck. Left my headcover and gloves in the garage after riding last Friday. This morning, days later, everything was still as wet as when I laid it out. Wore a pair of old...
Forum: Commuting
11-25-16, 08:29 AM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 122,338
Posted By Wolfhaven

Rode home Wednesday in a light rain with 34...

Rode home Wednesday in a light rain with 34 degrees. Dressed for snow not rain. Need to get smarter. Stopped at a liquor store for a six pack. The bottles fit perfectly in my trunk bag.

This...
Forum: Commuting
11-23-16, 08:49 AM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 122,338
Posted By Wolfhaven

Woke up to 33 degrees, snowing and a few inches...

Woke up to 33 degrees, snowing and a few inches of slush on the roads. Decided to ride my Cujo in. The plus tires were awesome. No slipping or sliding. Stayed pretty warm and dry until the last...
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