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Old 01-31-09, 07:15 PM
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At least it warmed up a bit today.
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Old 01-31-09, 07:39 PM
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From a snowfall we had back on the 16th of December:







Wasn't bad at all - though my front rim is unrecognizably a black CXP22. I've not remembered to take photos from the worse conditions - we had a couple of rough days this week and I missed my photo op
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To those of you (ie two posts above) running slick tires with no brakes: do you actually ride your bikes in winter, or did you just pull them out of your house for a photo shoot?
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i was wondering the same thing. but i rode a road bike with 23's for a while and if i was in low gear i gor around fine. but i'm seeing some pretty high gear inches.
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Old 02-01-09, 10:36 PM
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After couriering all day in a Toronto snowstorm:



I really enjoy working in the winter some days, especially when the streets are clear and the air is brisk. And nothing beats doing 180 slides when the snow is just right (not while on the job, though!).

By the way, if anyone is looking for a kick-ass cycling jacket in the future, take a look at the Loki Myth. It's worked really well for me this winter.

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Old 02-01-09, 10:51 PM
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^ i have a cheap soft shell i got when i worked a gander mountain. i paid like $40 for it. it doesn't have a hood on it, but i wear a hoodie and depending on how cold either a thermal or just a button down under it and a sweat my ass of in it. i wear it in the snow and and it keeps me dry from the outside. i wear it when it is in the 20's and i still come home sweaty as hell. soft shells are great!
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Originally Posted by cardboardhut View Post
By the way, if anyone is looking for a kick-ass cycling jacket in the future, take a look at the Loki Myth. It's worked really well for me this winter.
Okay, I now feel like a real Southerner. I've never seen anything like that, even after years of cross country skiing. I'm in serious need of a new shell and your jacket is blowing my mind. How do the forearms feel when your hands aren't in the glove part? It is stiffer, or still compliant? Do the gloves wear out quickly?
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Old 02-01-09, 11:51 PM
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i have to say if i lived in the snow i would probably not be riding my bike all that much, thankfully I don't live in the snow.
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By the way, if anyone is looking for a kick-ass cycling jacket in the future, take a look at the Loki Myth. It's worked really well for me this winter.
Really cool looking jacket, did you get it from somewhere in the city?

It says there's no retailer in Toronto on their site.
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took a ride on a lake nearby today, it wasn't too slippery but i got some strange looks...
as long as you didn't make any sharp turns you could get some serious speed!



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Old 02-02-09, 09:11 PM
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Really cool looking jacket, did you get it from somewhere in the city?

It says there's no retailer in Toronto on their site.
If you want to try one on, Kenmark Snowsports in Richmond Hill stocks them. I got up there by taking the subway to the end of the Yonge line and transferring to a Viva bus. Call ahead to make sure they still have stock. They didn't have the size I wanted, though, so I ordered from the website of Deakin Outdoors, based on Vancouver.

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Okay, I now feel like a real Southerner. I've never seen anything like that, even after years of cross country skiing. I'm in serious need of a new shell and your jacket is blowing my mind. How do the forearms feel when your hands aren't in the glove part? It is stiffer, or still compliant? Do the gloves wear out quickly?
I have no complaints with the forearms when the gloves are folded. They feel slightly thicker, but nothing noticeable. To tell you the truth, I never even thought of that issue before you raised it. I've been couriering all winter with the gloves on, and they aren't frayed at all yet. Feels pretty durable to me. From my google research I learned these things are popular amongst Boston messengers (anyone from there feel free to correct me if I'm wrong), which would lead me to assume working couriers have been using them for several seasons with no complaints.

If you're in the states, the cheapest prices I could find from an American store were at Hilton's Tent City in Boston. They have older-year model jackets on sale for really good prices.

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To those of you (ie two posts above) running slick tires with no brakes: do you actually ride your bikes in winter, or did you just pull them out of your house for a photo shoot?
i have a dedicated winter/bad weather bike now but before that i rode a brakeless fixed gear bike with slicks all winter. It was absolutely fine. And one of those winters I was a courier.
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Old 02-03-09, 07:57 PM
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I just got back from riding in the snow. It's snowing heavily here but the resolution doesn't capture it.



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I just got back from riding in the snow. It's snowing heavily here but the resolution doesn't capture it.


I just rode in that same storm a few hours ago. Its about time philadelphia got some good snow
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Originally Posted by superswede View Post
took a ride on a lake nearby today, it wasn't too slippery but i got some strange looks...
as long as you didn't make any sharp turns you could get some serious speed!



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3bancho!
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Originally Posted by superswede View Post
took a ride on a lake nearby today, it wasn't too slippery but i got some strange looks...
as long as you didn't make any sharp turns you could get some serious speed!



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Sweet, invisible kickstand.
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Old 02-10-09, 03:44 PM
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Sweet, invisible kickstand.
Yeah it rocks! Pretty sweet when you're out taking pictures of your bike!

But serious, photoshopping my kryptonite mini was kinda hard with all the pattern in the snow...
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How do you guys ride with such thin, slick tires? I am using 42mm studded tires from Nokian, and there are moments in my commute where even they where not enough.
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