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Forum: Commuting
11-26-15, 12:58 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 4,421
Posted By fotooutdoors

I always commute by bike, and I still get...

I always commute by bike, and I still get excited about Bike to Work week. The WI Bike Fed partners with a bunch of area shops and eateries so that there are multiple food stops throughout town. I...
11-21-15, 09:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,293
Posted By fotooutdoors

The one issue is that alcohol stoves work on...

The one issue is that alcohol stoves work on vapor pressure, which is a lot lower at colder temps. So while that stove can boil water in 6 minutes, it will double or triple or not work at all if the...
10-26-15, 06:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 802
Posted By fotooutdoors

I would go with option 2 or option 3; make some...

I would go with option 2 or option 3; make some yourself. Making some yourself allows you to position the arm hole so that you can reach the controls and get a bit wider on the bars. If you do this,...
10-07-15, 08:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,306
Posted By fotooutdoors

I personally have no extended experience at those...

I personally have no extended experience at those temperatures. However, I would advise some caution with using an XT hub in the extreme cold unless it is fairly new. I have had one die last winter...
10-06-15, 12:56 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 33,005
Posted By fotooutdoors

Nice work, Tim! I did my first race of the...

Nice work, Tim!

I did my first race of the season also at Badger Prairie (WI) in the Cat 4 race. I had an okay callup (third row), but got stuck behind a guy who had a slow start, which put me...
10-05-15, 09:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,795
Posted By fotooutdoors

Are you riding on roads? If so, either get...

Are you riding on roads? If so, either get studded tires for this bike, make them, or get them for another bike (which will be cheaper than Dillingers or studded Snowshoe XLs). From what I have read,...
Forum: Commuting
09-25-15, 02:46 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 14,761
Posted By fotooutdoors

TenGrainBread As a Madison local, I don't think...

TenGrainBread As a Madison local, I don't think that single speed is a bad idea at all. I have only regularly ridden 5 miles each way for my winter commute, but I spent 2 winters on single speed. The...
Forum: Touring
08-22-15, 01:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,128
Posted By fotooutdoors

It all depends on the trail, but if it isn't too...

It all depends on the trail, but if it isn't too high traffic, I would find a place to hide it (ie, not right at the trailhead), and then lock it up. I have done this a few times, though I didn't...
08-21-15, 02:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,327
Posted By fotooutdoors

I raced a season on my touring frame before it...

I raced a season on my touring frame before it decided to break. No reason to wait out the season because you don't have the "right" bike. I did replace the touring bike with a proper CX bike when...
08-20-15, 01:42 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,986
Posted By fotooutdoors

Layers, and make sure that you have a way to...

Layers, and make sure that you have a way to cover skin that is susceptible to frostbite. My dad froze the tip of his nose at -20F last winter because it wasn't covered and he descended a hill...
08-12-15, 01:08 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,273
Posted By fotooutdoors

Some thoughts... If you are primarily on...

Some thoughts...

If you are primarily on roads, I would go with a 29er with studded tires. Ice is not something to be tangled with if you don't have the right tools. Make sure they are moderately...
Forum: Touring
05-09-15, 06:48 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,726
Posted By fotooutdoors

While I wouldn't build to that low spoke count...

While I wouldn't build to that low spoke count myself for a touring wheelset (an extra 4 spokes is cheap insurance), my commuter/touring wheelset gets significant abuse (ie, the same or more than if...
02-27-15, 08:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,318
Posted By fotooutdoors

Pogies/bar mits for the win. Earlier this...

Pogies/bar mits for the win. Earlier this winter, when I first made the pogies, I rode for an hour in -5*F weather wearing a light insulated glove (ones I wear between 30 & 40 by themselves), and my...
02-09-15, 01:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,764
Posted By fotooutdoors

If you have zero concern about ice, then I would...

If you have zero concern about ice, then I would use a moderately aggressive cyclocross tire (or these might be narrow MTB tires/gravel tires) in as large of width as you can reasonably run on your...
02-01-15, 07:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,554
Posted By fotooutdoors

Honestly, I don't know of any fenders on the...

Honestly, I don't know of any fenders on the market that are long enough stock to keep slush totally off a trailer. You would basically need a mudflap that goes to the ground. You can make one and...
Replies: 17
Views: 2,188
Posted By fotooutdoors

It's apparently on purpose. See Scofflaw Biking...

It's apparently on purpose. See Scofflaw Biking Survey (Yeah, We Said It) - Washington BikesWashington Bikes (http://wabikes.org/2015/01/27/scofflaw-biking-survey-yeah-said/)

Basically, it is to...
Forum: Commuting
01-27-15, 10:26 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,217
Posted By fotooutdoors

I will echo some of the above sentiment; it...

I will echo some of the above sentiment; it really depends on what campus you are on. I attend UW Madison. In the summer, I always use a U-lock, but sometimes break out the cable lock in the...
01-23-15, 10:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,669
Posted By fotooutdoors

Agreed with the comment on starting out cold; you...

Agreed with the comment on starting out cold; you either need to start out cold, or layer down 10 minutes into your ride.

As far as a jacket, get a cross-country ski jacket. I have a Craft,...
Forum: Commuting
01-15-15, 12:52 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,882
Posted By fotooutdoors

Not for everyone, but if you are competent at...

Not for everyone, but if you are competent at sewing or willing to splurge a bit, I am a bit of a zealot about bar mitts. When we routinely hit 10*F, I just have a hard time keeping my hands warm,...
01-06-15, 09:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,114
Posted By fotooutdoors

donwales Check out Tire Dimensions | Schwalbe...

donwales
Check out Tire Dimensions | Schwalbe North America (http://www.schwalbetires.com/tech_info/tire_dimensions), and scroll down toward the bottom of the page for the "European Tire and Rim...
01-05-15, 01:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,079
Posted By fotooutdoors

The Cabela's snow runner boots are a bit cheaper,...

The Cabela's snow runner boots are a bit cheaper, but heavier (weight, no idea about warmth) than the LL bean snow sneakers. I bought a pair this year and have been happy so far. I was great on my...
12-30-14, 03:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,733
Posted By fotooutdoors

I disagree that goggles suck. Poorly managed...

I disagree that goggles suck. Poorly managed temperature and condensation coupled with goggles sucks. Same with glasses in the cold. I wear goggles in the cold-Madison, so maybe not as severe as...
Forum: Commuting
12-09-14, 08:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,381
Posted By fotooutdoors

Get full zip rain pants, and as long as it isn't...

Get full zip rain pants, and as long as it isn't raining hard, you can have basically the same thing. I am a pretty big fan of them; unzipping them allows me to stay mostly dry (or totally dry if...
Forum: Commuting
12-09-14, 08:12 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,578
Posted By fotooutdoors

My wife and I have fluctuated between 0 and 2...

My wife and I have fluctuated between 0 and 2 cars over our marriage, with most of the time (including currently) at 1 car. In my experience, there are a couple things help make it work.
1) ...
12-05-14, 08:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,818
Posted By fotooutdoors

A bit OT, but huh? A large number of us on this...

A bit OT, but huh? A large number of us on this forum regularly use goggles when the weather gets cold. The temperature cutoff varies for me depending on windspeed and my speed, but I will rarely...
Forum: Commuting
11-21-14, 12:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 879
Posted By fotooutdoors

Re drop bars: If you want something a bit wider...

Re drop bars: If you want something a bit wider without putting in tons of money, I really like riding dirt drops, especially on the snow and ice. I have a bike each with an On-One Midge and a...
11-21-14, 12:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,896
Posted By fotooutdoors

Some questions on your current setup: Do you...

Some questions on your current setup:

Do you have enough room in your shoes for that many layers? You may be limiting your circulation by sticking so many layers on your feet, actually making...
11-13-14, 08:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,587
Posted By fotooutdoors

Or you have an excuse to buy those silly...

Or you have an excuse to buy those silly expensive carbon fiber brake levers...
11-13-14, 08:08 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,826
Posted By fotooutdoors

Another option (though it really doesn't...

Another option (though it really doesn't accommodate a puffy vest) is to use a cross-country skiing jacket. I picked one up at a thrift store two winters ago, and have been very happy. Basically,...
11-12-14, 11:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,031
Posted By fotooutdoors

I have run a relatively low 32x16 the last two...

I have run a relatively low 32x16 the last two winters, in relatively flat Madison WI. Since you mention coasting, I assume you are not fixed, correct? I would not run such a low gear as I run...
11-12-14, 11:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,391
Posted By fotooutdoors

One other thought; you can get "freezing" of the...

One other thought; you can get "freezing" of the pawls due to corrosion as well. I just dealt with that in the hub that is on my (winter included) commuter. Needed to let is sit in solvent for a...
11-08-14, 01:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 882
Posted By fotooutdoors

Thanks juha! This is exactly the type if advice I...

Thanks juha! This is exactly the type if advice I was hoping for. I had thought of the sleeping pad insulation, but it had fallen off my radar.I just went put and hacked up a cheap sleeping pad. I...
11-07-14, 01:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 882
Posted By fotooutdoors

Child in tow

I have been commuting year-round in Madison Wisconsin for several years, so I have the whole winter riding thing down pretty well. However, this is my first winter with a child in tow. He had been...
Forum: Commuting
11-06-14, 08:08 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,084
Posted By fotooutdoors

Just a follow-up on my initial notes. In...

Just a follow-up on my initial notes. In addition to an ear band, I always have something over my eyes. Down to the mid 20's (F) or so, it is sunglasses or safety glasses. Below that, it is clear...
11-06-14, 07:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,533
Posted By fotooutdoors

I don't have tubeless experience, but I do have...

I don't have tubeless experience, but I do have about 12 races under my belt with tubes. I routinely run those pressures and lower (down to 22/24 front/rear) with Clement PDX's at roughly your...
Forum: Commuting
11-02-14, 07:18 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,084
Posted By fotooutdoors

Unless it is really cold and windy (like 0F and...

Unless it is really cold and windy (like 0F and calm or 10F and really windy), I just wear a fleece earband. I tend to sweat too much (which in winter is your enemy) if I wear anything more. The...
10-19-14, 09:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,875
Posted By fotooutdoors

Some thoughts... Are you racing CX? If so, I...

Some thoughts...
Are you racing CX? If so, I would tend toward a wider rim. With the low tire pressures of racing, I sometimes fold over tire walls, which is no good, though has yet to cause a...
10-19-14, 08:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,484
Posted By fotooutdoors

One thing to do if you don't patent and want...

One thing to do if you don't patent and want produce said product; make sure to explicitly license the design as open source, likely with a standard license to back it up. Otherwise, someone else...
10-17-14, 06:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 977
Posted By fotooutdoors

I know this thread is a bit old, but nay! 1)...

I know this thread is a bit old, but nay! 1) they are heavy as a dh tire (my 40mm studded tires are 850g/each, so I do exaggerate a but...) 2) studs work for ice, not snow, and 3) they could do...
10-17-14, 07:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,044
Posted By fotooutdoors

I was going to second on-one/planet x, but it...

I was going to second on-one/planet x, but it seems that their stock is a bit limited right now, unless you are looking to set up something SS or put down about twice the money for the Nashbar. Two...
10-15-14, 07:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,723
Posted By fotooutdoors

Hey, this is Andrew, the guy you were talking to...

Hey, this is Andrew, the guy you were talking to before the race, and apparently one of those sand baggers, though one without a full carbon bike ;) At any rate, I thought I would pop in to...
Forum: Commuting
10-01-14, 05:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,879
Posted By fotooutdoors

My experience is the I love 4-sided entry and how...

My experience is the I love 4-sided entry and how it is easier to clip in compared to SPD. That said, several thousand miles kills these pedals' bushings and cleats, which makes them relatively...
Forum: Commuting
09-29-14, 06:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,329
Posted By fotooutdoors

Do you find it floppy as a pannier? A couple...

Do you find it floppy as a pannier? A couple reviews I ran across mentioned this bag was good as a backpack, but a hair less than optimally rigid when in pannier mode. At a certain point, I am...
Forum: Commuting
09-28-14, 11:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,329
Posted By fotooutdoors

convertible pannier backpack

My panniers are dying, so my wife has promised me either a new set of ortliebs, a waterproof backpack, or a convertible pack for my upcoming birthday. For those versed in the last, what are your...
Forum: Touring
09-18-14, 07:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,046
Posted By fotooutdoors

I would echo the suggestions to ship the bike...

I would echo the suggestions to ship the bike west, fly west, then tour east. The downside is that you end your trip in familiar territory (so you aren't journeying toward the exciting new place),...
Forum: Touring
09-18-14, 06:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,757
Posted By fotooutdoors

I'm not sure I agree with this if you are going...

I'm not sure I agree with this if you are going to have off the bike days, which I assume is the case with a 4 month trip. IE, you will want (or at least I want) clean(er), dressier clothes for...
Forum: Commuting
07-25-14, 09:06 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,614
Posted By fotooutdoors

Ummm...in most, though not all, states...

Ummm...in most, though not all, states pedestrians have a right to the road just as much as a car or bike as long as their presence does not obstruct traffic. So while I don't love pedestrians in...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-14, 02:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,956
Posted By fotooutdoors

So if you t-bone a car who pulls out at an...

So if you t-bone a car who pulls out at an intersection, you are at fault. I mean, your car has brakes after all. An insurance adjuster would have a field day with you. :rolleyes:
Forum: Commuting
07-11-14, 08:31 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,529
Posted By fotooutdoors

It's a breach of etiquette and safety to draft...

It's a breach of etiquette and safety to draft without communicating. Doing the entire 8km pull would not bother me, but you better communicate with me if you are planning to draft. If not, as...
07-08-14, 10:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,241
Posted By fotooutdoors

I would be more concerned with clearance between...

I would be more concerned with clearance between the tire and straddle cable. I'm not experienced in racing, but I did pit for a very muddy race during Nats a few years ago, and brake pad clearance...
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