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Old 02-25-13, 04:58 PM
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OK - they announced snow - but ......

It was supposed to snow 4 days out of 5 this week. Today's Monday and it mostly rained, so ........ I stripped down the winter bike.

Dissassembled the crankset, BB, cassette, derailleurs, took off the chain and gave everything a WD40 bath. The front axle need some grease and adjustment and the drive train needed cleaning and lubing but everything was on surprisingly good shape.

So the studded tires are still on the bike but have another wheelset ready to swap over as soon as the snow starts to go. Winter is dragging things out a bit but spring has to be just around the corner. The sun's coming up earlier all the time and I'm getting ansy for some longer rides. Out to Laval for coffee and apple pie sounds good!
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Old 02-26-13, 08:13 PM
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There's gonna be plenty of snow tomorrow! Up to 20cm over 24 hours with the worst of it to hit Ottawa during the afternoon which will make rush hour a complete disaster. (On days like that I take the public transit.)
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Old 02-27-13, 09:04 AM
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I took the car this morning because of the weather forecast. I hope they're right because if not I will have miss a good day for biking. We are suppose to get 10-15 cm of snow today.
If my commute was shorter it would be a different story but at 56 kms RT I would need 2hours or more just for a one-way trip in the snow.

So far this winter I managed to commute by bike almost 50% of the time. It's a lot more then I was hoping for.
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Same here, snow and more snow all the time. Have been able to ride to work about 50% of the time also. I did ride in all week so far but snow will coming down on my commmute home tonight. Days are getting longer and can't wait for spring so I can swap out the studded tires, TOO slow.
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Old 02-27-13, 09:48 PM
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That was a disaster of a commute back home. Buses were stuck all over the place in Ottawa. 2.5 hours by bus to travel what takes me 35-40 minutes by bike on the best days.

Even though I ride about 3 days a week in winter I just can't wait for spring to come. I want that snow & ice to finally go away so I can take out my good bike.
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Old 02-28-13, 12:03 AM
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Managed to ride in that wet slush but talk about wet! That was the absolute heaviest stuff I had to shovel all winter. Snowbanks are already 6ft high and no way I could throw this up to the top of it!
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Old 02-28-13, 12:07 AM
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Originally Posted by DJ Shaun View Post
That was a disaster of a commute back home. Buses were stuck all over the place in Ottawa. 2.5 hours by bus to travel what takes me 35-40 minutes by bike on the best days.

Even though I ride about 3 days a week in winter I just can't wait for spring to come. I want that snow & ice to finally go away so I can take out my good bike.
Think you guys got the worst of it - thanks for taking the hit!
Sorry to hear that it messed up traffic that bad for you though.
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I'm glad I listened the weatherman for once, it was ugly last night on my isolated rural road. It's the same this morning so I took the van again.
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Old 02-28-13, 10:09 AM
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Think you guys got the worst of it - thanks for taking the hit!
Sorry to hear that it messed up traffic that bad for you though.
lol. You're welcome!

Apparently we got 25cm of snow so far.

It's still snowing lightly and roads are still crappy this morning. No biking for me today either.

Hopefully that's the last major storm of the year. (The roads were staring to get better & better to ride on as the snowbanks had been melting away the past few days.)
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Old 02-28-13, 05:12 PM
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I'm glad I listened the weatherman for once, it was ugly last night on my isolated rural road. It's the same this morning so I took the van again.
Good for you! Some days a van can be a cyclist's best friend !
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Old 02-28-13, 05:18 PM
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lol. You're welcome!

Apparently we got 25cm of snow so far.

It's still snowing lightly and roads are still crappy this morning. No biking for me today either.

Hopefully that's the last major storm of the year. (The roads were staring to get better & better to ride on as the snowbanks had been melting away the past few days.)
So do you figure we're done yet???? Got more wet snow today and I've got no place left to put it!! The snow here is already piled to the top of the six foot fence that goes around the parking lot and I can't throw this wet stuff that high!!

Should I try under the bed in the spare room??
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It didn't look too bad from my window so I took my bike. I almost ran into pedestrians walking on the road, I had no idea why they were there. I turned a corner to a main road and a cab drove past. Holy crap did I get soaked! I hopped off my bike and got on the sidewalk, horrible idea. The sidewalks were covered in 15cm of slush. That explained the people on the road at least. I made it home and called in to work about 5 minutes before I was supposed to arrive.

I didn't take the chance today, so I walked. Wouldn't you know it, the roads were clear and only a little bit wet. Coulda taken the bike! I can't wait for the warm weather so I can trim my beard down. A guy at work told me I looked like Raymond Burr!
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It was about -1C in Ottawa today. Just cold enough to keep the hard packed snow parts of my commute from turning slushy. Some roads were even dry-ish but the snow banks are HUGE in some places. Some are 6 feet high and 4 feet deep. Had to be careful near some intersections.
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Old 03-01-13, 07:01 PM
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I can't wait for the warm weather so I can trim my beard down. A guy at work told me I looked like Raymond Burr!
LOL. I also grow a beard in winter. I think my wife wants my baby face back.
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Old 03-02-13, 09:43 PM
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Just looked out the window ....... its doing that silly blizzardy thing again!
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Snowed here in the state of Misery today. Went to the state capitol and back home.Going out I could barely see the lane and coming back it was annoyingly wet and sloppy but not even slick. The bike ride home was with a 40 MPH crosswind. Glad we didn't get much on top of the last two. I'm ready like you guys for some warm weather.
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Enough already!

I'll take my chances!700x50's and summer wheelset is back on the Giant and is going to hit the road tomorrow! It's gonna be spring whether it likes it or not!
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Enough already!

I'll take my chances!700x50's and summer wheelset is back on the Giant and is going to hit the road tomorrow! It's gonna be spring whether it likes it or not!
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YES!!!!!! Sunshine today and lots of winter repressed people filled the shop bringing on bikes to get ready for spring riding! The ride in was a blast and it'll be above freezing all week!

Studded tires are hanging up in storage!
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So do you figure we're done yet????
I was being hopefull that would be the last major storm but apparently it isn't.

25cm of snopw by the end of Tuesday. Total of 40cm by the end of Thursday.

We got spoiled in March the past few years.
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I took the bike this morning as it will be the only day I can this week. At 27.2 kms I go only on dry pavement otherwise it take me too long.
I remember last year we got 25-28 celcius all week long at the end of march.

The weather forecast is quite depressing this morning...
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10-12 cm so far this morning... still snowing
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OK - so four HOURS of shoveling this morning and ..... ITS STILL SNOWING!

Probably all my fault for pretending it was spring a week too soon
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Probably all my fault for pretending it was spring a week too soon
You're lucky that I don't know where you live.
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OK - so four HOURS of shoveling this morning and ..... ITS STILL SNOWING!

Probably all my fault for pretending it was spring a week too soon
Happy first day of spring.

Wind chill this morning was bitter. Most of the spring riders have got it pretty good from where I'm shoveling.
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