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Why Canadians Can't Bike in the Winter (but Finnish people can)

Old 02-23-21, 09:15 AM
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Why Canadians Can't Bike in the Winter (but Finnish people can)

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Old 02-23-21, 02:45 PM
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You say that likes a bad thing ...
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Energy poverty might also play a role. The price of energy in Finland is quite a bit higher providing more incentive.
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You say that likes a bad thing ...
As a Canadian, I read it as a good thing
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Energy poverty might also play a role. The price of energy in Finland is quite a bit higher providing more incentive.
Oh, yeah? So this must be why hoards of Finns are also jogging at -20C or strolling with children?
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Price of gas in Finland is more than double what it is in Canada.
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Originally Posted by 2_i View Post
Oh, yeah? So this must be why hoards of Finns are also jogging at -20C or strolling with children?
Those activities do not take gasoline.
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It's easier to stay warm with all the baby eating that must go on there.
What's the purpose in posting crap like this?
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Price of gas in Finland is more than double what it is in Canada.
Or correctly stated ... the price of gas in Canada is subsidized making it less than half the actual cost.
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Only the evangelical Christian babies, they're the only ones with a right blend of self-righteousness and total hypocrisy.
And they don't baptize babies, so that's how you gain your evil socialist powers. Their skin makes great winter riding gloves too.

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That's a great video. I'd be curious to see a comparison of the city's costs. Also, compare that to the reduced cost of auto roads with fewer drivers. Unfortunately, in the US, we're all about capitalism, and if we could make a point that it actually saves money, we might have a chance of improving the bike infrastructure.
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Originally Posted by Notso_fastLane View Post
That's a great video. I'd be curious to see a comparison of the city's costs. Also, compare that to the reduced cost of auto roads with fewer drivers. Unfortunately, in the US, we're all about capitalism, and if we could make a point that it actually saves money, we might have a chance of improving the bike infrastructure.
Well, if you want to make it like the city in the video, I think you have to set that up when the city is created. Once you already have a transportation system and an existing city, making large scale changes is very expensive. Even slight improvements would not be easy.
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Yes we do, even at -30.
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Up here in New England, the road crews spray a saline "slurry" to treat the roads during snow storms. It helps melt the ice and snow but man does it accelerate vehicle corrosion, and I'd bet that's doubly or triply so for a bicycle. I wonder if they do that in Canada and have a bicycle friendly alternative in Finland?
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I commute by bicycle when I can. One year I rode my MTB through the winter.

That completely ruined the MTB
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I'm Canadian and I biked through all of last winter: 578 km in December, 480 in January. February was a bit of a write-off, only 254 km. Blame the weather. March picked up again, 340 in the officially winter weeks, 666 for the whole month.

It's definitely tougher and slower than spring, summer and fall. But when the season finally did take off, I started with my base already built up. Best season start ever, and I'm 63...

Rides are shorter, even properly shod, my feet always end up frozen by 30 km.

This was, btw, all on gravel roads with studded tires.

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The weather can't hinder me from biking. I just make sure I'm equipped with the proper gears to avoid accidents or minimize it at least.
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Originally Posted by Bearhawker View Post
One year I rode my MTB through the winter.

That completely ruined the MTB
My mountain bikes have 13 Canadian winters on them and they haven't been ruined yet. I use mountain bikes with a rigid fork and singlespeed drivetrain.
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My Trek 3700 now has a rigid front end that used to be a functional suspension. 30 km/day for most of a winter on rural highways ruined every single moving part on the bike. I may take a stab at rebuilding it when I retire... if not it will get painted and become a yard art.
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