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11-24-10, 10:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 545
Posted By iceratt

I dream of moving back to Cleveland! I'm in...

I dream of moving back to Cleveland! I'm in Minnesota now, and I think we have the same winter conditions, just in different proportions. The tires are a matter of preference, but the two mentioned...
11-17-10, 12:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,168
Posted By iceratt

As far as the clipless pedals, I suggest you...

As far as the clipless pedals, I suggest you loose them. Unless you're racing, do you need the added efficiency? I use lightweight hiking boots in which I can fit a sock liner and smartwool or other...
11-16-10, 01:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,168
Posted By iceratt

I like the idea of using steal wool and then...

I like the idea of using steal wool and then applying car wax. That said, I have ridden many winters in Minnesota on a Trek 520 and it hasn't turned into a rust bucket. I'm sure that there's some...
Replies: 8
Views: 745
Posted By iceratt

I looked at your bike journal, and you are...

I looked at your bike journal, and you are generally riding under 20 mi/d, then you jumped to over 200! How can you do that? I'm a flatlander, trying to get ready for a 202 mi ride( or 262 if I ride...
Forum: Commuting
03-01-07, 10:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 710
Posted By iceratt

Sometimes I'll ride to a taqueria or to get a...

Sometimes I'll ride to a taqueria or to get a cake for a coworker's birthday. Noone else has the time to leave the salt mine, because they would have to walk to the ramp, drive out, go to their...
Forum: Commuting
03-01-07, 10:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 492
Posted By iceratt

When I was in college, I commuted 4 miles, round...

When I was in college, I commuted 4 miles, round trip, in St Paul. That was so much easier than the 12 miles that I have now. Depending on how far you have to go, you may or may not need polar gear....
03-01-07, 09:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,305
Posted By iceratt

I was thinking of getting power grips for my...

I was thinking of getting power grips for my winter fixed bike. I miss the power of the upstroke, especially when I have to climb a steep grade, with paniers full of groceries. How effective are...
03-01-07, 09:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,264
Posted By iceratt

Riding to work today in a blizzard, was...

Riding to work today in a blizzard, was spectacular. I loved how the bright snow caped the dark branches of the trees. Sounds were muffled, and most everything was still, as I looped around an area...
03-01-07, 08:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 870
Posted By iceratt

Thinking that we were going to have a repeat of...

Thinking that we were going to have a repeat of this past weekend, I left 2 hrs to get to work during the March 1 blizzard, but I was almost there after 40 mins, so I was able to stop to read and...
02-25-07, 01:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 870
Posted By iceratt

Wat is your slowest ride?

Usually, in winter, my 6 mile ride takes 25 minutes, on city streets, but during a big storm, last night, here in Minneapolis, it took 1.5 hours. I hefted the bike over my head, rather than push...
03-18-06, 11:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 393
Posted By iceratt

Chain Demands Freedom

My chain has come off three times in the past month, usually after I oil it, and there is snow on the ground. What are the factors that can contribute to this? I'm wondering if I'm not pulling the...
Forum: Commuting
03-18-06, 11:03 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,916
Posted By iceratt

This comment smacks of age discrimination! Show...

This comment smacks of age discrimination! Show this pic to six year-olds, and they'd think it was a pin-up.
03-16-06, 12:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 794
Posted By iceratt

Oh, Ken, this is Minnesota. If we use a garden...

Oh, Ken, this is Minnesota. If we use a garden hose, the water'll freeze like a popsicle, halfway to the bike. If we want our machine clean, we have to take it inside and give it a sauna and a rub...
03-16-06, 12:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 794
Posted By iceratt

I think that there is a lot of crud that could be...

I think that there is a lot of crud that could be out there besides salt and sand, and you wouldn't know it until you were changing your tire. You might want to think also about what the detritis is...
Forum: Commuting
03-15-06, 09:38 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 776
Posted By iceratt

I sent my boys to school because Mpls Public...

I sent my boys to school because Mpls Public Schools doesn't post late starts and closings on their web site, as I thought they would. They hung out at a fellow 5th grader's house.

I rode on...
Forum: Commuting
03-14-06, 02:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 776
Posted By iceratt

At 2:30 PM, I rode to work, mostly on side...

At 2:30 PM, I rode to work, mostly on side streets, around Lake Hariet, and the greenway. It was an easy, enjoyable ride. Studs made all the difference on the thick slab of ice that covered much of...
Forum: Commuting
01-04-06, 12:33 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,465
Posted By iceratt

If the snow is too deep, he can cary it. But, hey...

If the snow is too deep, he can cary it. But, hey Dog Boy could be in the tropical part of Wisconsin where it gets coolish, but nothing like Superior. Tell us your latitude, boy!
Forum: Commuting
01-03-06, 11:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 283
Posted By iceratt

So you think that the wheel builders are...

So you think that the wheel builders are gleefully rubbing their hands and popping corks? You are funny! Good wheels are going to handle the rough and tumble of anything I've ever seen. I think that...
Forum: Commuting
01-03-06, 11:35 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,024
Posted By iceratt

Another reason, so far missing: Cyclists are more...

Another reason, so far missing: Cyclists are more a part of their community. You can say 'hi' to friends and neighbors more easily. If there are sinister elements afoot, you are less likely to...
01-02-06, 12:58 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,299
Posted By iceratt

Am I the only poor sap who rode to ******** work?

Am I the only poor sap who rode to ******** work?
Forum: Commuting
01-02-06, 12:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,218
Posted By iceratt

Actually, not. If your feet aren't moving, your...

Actually, not. If your feet aren't moving, your bike's not moving. Your feet constantly moderate the speed and stopping, and that , in a nut shell, is what is most appealing to me.
Forum: Commuting
12-31-05, 03:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 437
Posted By iceratt

Panniers allow you to haul all your needs, for...

Panniers allow you to haul all your needs, for work, and still there's room for groceries, if you need to stop on the return trip. If your child is too small to ride his bike, you could do the...
Forum: Commuting
12-31-05, 02:29 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,024
Posted By iceratt

So that I can have something in common with...

So that I can have something in common with George Bush. Oh, never mind. His bike is a toy, and mine is a Bin Ladin-busting machine( in that petrodollars are less likely funnelled from me, to Islamic...
12-31-05, 02:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 566
Posted By iceratt

I thought that this was a pretty good article...

I thought that this was a pretty good article about the how-to of winter cycling, though I do several things differently than what the sources do. It erks me a little that the first paragraph quotes...
12-21-05, 06:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 696
Posted By iceratt

What a shame. I really like Sacramento. I wanted...

What a shame. I really like Sacramento. I wanted to move there, but my wife said that it's too hot in the summer. At least you have easy riding in the flatlands.
12-21-05, 08:45 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,529
Posted By iceratt

Yeah, but if we saw a real picture of you, we'd...

Yeah, but if we saw a real picture of you, we'd discover that you're a polar bear!

For me, a mere mortal, I find that balaclava and hood provide some buffeting of the wind, whle my breath warms my...
12-21-05, 08:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 696
Posted By iceratt

I like the points that you brought up. We'll...

I like the points that you brought up. We'll never live in a bike utopia, but I wanted to get people thinking about how we could get closer to that ideal. Without asking them, I wondered why One on...
12-19-05, 01:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 899
Posted By iceratt

It's funny that the reporter thinks that he can...

It's funny that the reporter thinks that he can jump on a bike, when the temp is 4F, and easily ride 4 miles, without a glitch . It's a little like learning to swim in the ocean. Anyone who eases...
12-16-05, 12:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,350
Posted By iceratt

All the bike trails are plowed well, by the parks...

All the bike trails are plowed well, by the parks dept. I ride along the greenway to Bryant, then scoot around Hariet, to get home, and the only trouble have is on the poorly plowed side streets....
12-16-05, 12:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 696
Posted By iceratt

Name your bike friendly businesses

Are there places where you shop, eat, or get nonbike related services, that make you feel especially welcomed, as a cyclist? What is it that they do, that you appreciate? What else would you like to...
12-14-05, 10:29 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,068
Posted By iceratt

I tend to take a lane, but graciously let...

I tend to take a lane, but graciously let trailing cars pass, when it's safe, and doesn't stop me from moving. I think that this obvious cooperation, is appreciated. Most people are good hearted,...
12-10-05, 08:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 813
Posted By iceratt

Bikepacker, you are amazing if you didn't hit...

Bikepacker, you are amazing if you didn't hit your max heart rate plowing through 15 inches of snow.

Generally, I find that a moderate speep helps me get through the thick patches, but I noticed,...
Forum: Commuting
12-09-05, 08:30 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,376
Posted By iceratt

The King of the Volsungs could only slay the...

The King of the Volsungs could only slay the great dragon, Fafnir, with the sword Grahm. He had a spiritual conection to his weapon. I think that it's natural to name any object to which one feels...
12-08-05, 10:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 864
Posted By iceratt

I've bought large leather, with lambs wool mitts...

I've bought large leather, with lambs wool mitts from a store, here in MN, which supplies construction workers.
12-08-05, 01:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 729
Posted By iceratt

I blithely ride, half blind in the cold, without...

I blithely ride, half blind in the cold, without my glasses, like Mr Magoo. Most of the streets that I pick have little traffic and I proceed much more slowly and carefully than in the summer, so I...
Forum: Commuting
12-06-05, 07:56 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,648
Posted By iceratt

Yesterday, I drove, because I woke up late, and...

Yesterday, I drove, because I woke up late, and had to get to an appointment. I only took a short pleasant jaunt, on the bike, to the hardware store. Tonight I'll be riding home from work, when it's...
12-05-05, 01:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 624
Posted By iceratt

Ice biking is one of my favorite things to do,...

Ice biking is one of my favorite things to do, but its impotant to do it safely. Stay off the creeks, running water is not safe to bike over, onless it has been super cold for a long time. I suspect...
Forum: Commuting
12-05-05, 01:11 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,648
Posted By iceratt

Good luck. I'm in Minnesota, which is balmy,...

Good luck. I'm in Minnesota, which is balmy, compared to your relm. I much prefer ice to cold. I avoid the major roads, so there isn't a lot of traffic to concearn me, but the possibility that I am...
12-04-05, 01:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 858
Posted By iceratt

About 4 nights ago, I was going down a plowed...

About 4 nights ago, I was going down a plowed ramp, which had icy patches. I didn't think that there would be ice, until my bike slid sideways. I almost went down one other place along the greenway....
12-03-05, 01:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 858
Posted By iceratt

West of the Mississippi, the side streets are in...

West of the Mississippi, the side streets are in pretty good condition, and the Greenway is practically free of ice and snow. Come to Mineapolis. Come to winter paridise.
12-03-05, 01:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 916
Posted By iceratt

Fixed gear means that you control how fast or...

Fixed gear means that you control how fast or slow you go with the pedals, rather than with brakes. One feels the road better, and is constantly making microadjustments as to speed, on a fixed gear....
09-17-05, 09:11 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,981
Posted By iceratt

I frequently see kids riding with helmets...

I frequently see kids riding with helmets dangling from handle bars or on heads, but with the strap unattached. I always will make sure that they have helmets. Making sure that they are fimly...
09-17-05, 07:50 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,981
Posted By iceratt

How do we get kids to wear hemets?

I have two boys, 9 and 11, with whom I ride frequently. I set a fairly good example, by wearing my helmet almost all the time( I misplaced it, and went a few days without, recently). My kids have...
09-17-05, 07:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 890
Posted By iceratt

OK, now for a little discloser. I almost always...

OK, now for a little discloser. I almost always wear a helmet. I ride the wrong way on a bike path almost every night, for one block, when there is almost no other traffic, and have rightly been...
09-16-05, 02:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 890
Posted By iceratt

Chastised, yet again

I'm used to having other cyclists admonish me for blowing through stop lights, going the wong way on one way streets, drinking rum from an open bottle, talking on a cell phone, or doing all of those...
06-09-05, 07:08 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,902
Posted By iceratt

I've never been bothered by the clueless very...

I've never been bothered by the clueless very much. Oh yeah, occasionally a person walking their dog, creates a barrier across the path with their leash, or a couple who walks left when I yell "On...
Forum: Commuting
05-27-05, 08:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 809
Posted By iceratt

AndrewP You want the back part of the frame to be...

AndrewP You want the back part of the frame to be arranged so it prevents the bottom rear corner of the panniers from swinging into the spokes - not good for the spokes or the pannier.

I never had...
Forum: Commuting
04-12-05, 07:59 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,873
Posted By iceratt

Because I drive infrequently, my skills and...

Because I drive infrequently, my skills and perception suffer. The last time I pulled out of a parking space, I came very close to bashing into another car, as I didn't judge the distance propperly....
02-15-05, 01:49 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,349
Posted By iceratt

Of course we all pollute. It's a matter of...

Of course we all pollute. It's a matter of degree. If all good Americans drove fuel-inefficent vehicles everywhere, there would be much more degredation to our land and air. Give every Chinese an...
02-10-05, 01:34 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,784
Posted By iceratt

My wife owns 2 cars and 2 TVs. I would be happier...

My wife owns 2 cars and 2 TVs. I would be happier living with none of that crap. Unfortunately, I help pay for them( and out of laziness, occasionally use them).
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