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    Had a close call with a car on my way in today, even though I had all my blinkers flashing. The old geezer barely slowed down before turning left as I came barreling down my street at 30mph, he crossed right in front of me. I was on the brakes hard and managed to sneak behind him, could have smacked his car on the way by, but his wife was already yelling at him, which is way worse than I could have managed. Keep your eyes open out there. Thank god for big disc brakes on the cargo bike.

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    Cold, not as cold as Davids, but low 20s

    Is it just me or does the cold really just suck the energy right out of you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David C View Post
    Ohoh, are we having a dockets helmet outfit contest ?

    If so, check mine out

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    Link to the helmet? Is the face shield part of it? It looks kinda like a motorcycle helmet.

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    Nice work Brian! That was quicker than I thought it would be.

    Another morning of thankfulness for the studs today. The conditions in the pic deteriorated to shiny reflective pavement...cars were moving s l o w this morning.
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    A slow ride (queue Foghat here...) this morning. We ended up with 11+ inches of new snow. The trail I ride was groomed last evening, but hadn't really set up by this AM, so it was like pushing through pudding. Or maybe cottage cheese. 33.5 degrees at my house when I left and I over dressed so was a bit warm and sweaty when I arrived at work. Them's the breaks, I guess.

    From the ride home last night.

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    Yesterday's commute was the best yet!!

    I was riding home from my last final exam and a black Jeep Grand Cherokee passes me and the guy in the passenger seat sticks his head out the window and starts yelling “Go, Lance!” etc etc. I take a short cut to avoid a red light while they stayed on the main road and they started yelling something along the lines of “Oh no! Lance is gonna beat us!!”

    Needless to say, I got ahead of them , but they caught up with me at the next light and got in the right turning lane and started talking to me. The guy in the passenger seat said they were gonna make a beer run real quick and catch up with me later. (There is a liquor store right on the corner.)

    So I go on ahead and I didn’t see them for awhile and I figured I lost them. But then right before I took a right turn into my apartment complex, the black Jeep pulls up next to me and, while we’re moving, hands me Natty Light out the window.

    I know it was only a Natty Light but it was still my best commute by far!!

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    That's awesome.
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    Don't they know that Lance drinks Michelob Ultra Light, oh wait he lost that sponsorship.

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    Awesome 'sharing' o the road. Though illegal here. Oh well.

    Another day. Another ride. SHoulder is better. Tires better with more air. A bit more in the front, I think. Pedals are starting to clip in batter maybe the Triflow helped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcscars View Post
    Yesterday's commute was the best yet!!
    ...But then right before I took a right turn into my apartment complex, the black Jeep pulls up next to me and, while we’re moving, hands me Natty Light out the window.
    Dang! Guess I'm bikecommuting in the wrong neighborhood. Great story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcscars View Post
    Yesterday's commute was the best yet!!...

    So I go on ahead and I didn’t see them for awhile and I figured I lost them. But then right before I took a right turn into my apartment complex, the black Jeep pulls up next to me and, while we’re moving, hands me Natty Light out the window.

    I know it was only a Natty Light but it was still my best commute by far!!
    Beer hand ups are the best! I too am commuting in the wrong neighborhoods!

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    CB, those are some GNARLY looking tires! Nokian Extremes? I rode my studs for a few days, plenty cold but we didn`t get any ice or snow . I brought the bike into the house this evening for a little maintenance and put my slicks back on while I was at it.

    Quote Originally Posted by midnightlost View Post
    Is it just me or does the cold really just suck the energy right out of you?
    Not just you. But I think it`s a combination of the cold + the cold weather gear that does it. And then you don`t get any gratification from pushing it, so (in my case anyway), aside from being lowed down by physics, I`m not inclined to even try making up some of that loss.

    Quote Originally Posted by Schott View Post
    I was on the brakes hard and managed to sneak behind him, could have smacked his car on the way by, but his wife was already yelling at him, which is way worse than I could have managed.
    You should have handed up a beer to the driver`s wife! Well, glad you didn`t slam into his rear quarter- good reactions
    Recalculating....

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    ^^ Nokian Gazza Extreme 296's... 29x2.0

    I went back to the Drifters last night... a little patchy snow on my dirt road, but the 'real' roads are clear. Dry and cold this morning. Supposed to be a high of 36 today. I have an 18miler after work and didn't want to drag the studs along

    I saw a really massive buck this morning. Right next to the road. Reindeer scouts preparing the way for the big man, no doubt.
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    Somehow I missed Scott's close call. Always best to avoid a collision. I think some drivers just mistake us for a 5 mph beach cruiser and get surprise when we are 2/3 or more of the speed limit.

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    The one close encounter with traffic I fairly regularly have is people misjudging my speed and passing me, only to want to turn right just ahead of where they pass me. There's a school at the bottom of a gradual downhill, where I can easily cruise at the 25mph speed limit. Moms picking up kids from whatever afterschool activity do this to me a lot. I generally glance behind and take the lane right behind them as soon as I see the signal, and shoot around them on the left while they come to an awkward half-stop trying to figure out where I went. Seems much safer than hoping they let me dart by in the bike lane before they right-hook me. As I shoot around on the left, the ones that still don't know I was moving faster than they think go ahead and make their turn (would have hit me), and the ones that know I'm there somewhere, but can't find me, hopefully at least realize the error of their ways and feel stupid about not just slowing down and letting me get past the turn before they make their right. I have smacked a couple of trunks in moments when it's especially obvious that they were in the wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Seems much safer than hoping they let me dart by in the bike lane before they right-hook me.
    And more entertaining, no doubt.
    Recalculating....

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    ^^ On the flat section (just after where apparently I can hit 40 mph in a 30 zone), where I can hold the 20-25 mph range with no head wind. People pull to pass with oncoming traffic and suddenly stomp on it as their 35 mph isn't going to get it done on time. It took them awhile to catch me, so I guess they were on the phone. They can see me as soon as they crest of the hill. I am 500 to 1200 feet ahead. So time to estimate speed and time to pass. All nerdy and lit like a Christmas tree if they look they see me. I think they assume you are at a pedestrian pace. I have the golf course as my out on the right. I have done my level best to tell them I am what I am. 99+ % of drivers get and appreciate that effort. Most of the 1% seem to learn from their error. I am happiest when I get to the stop sign with no close overtaking traffic.

    My brother had to lay his bike down and crawl out from under a bumper of a car. The lady who just got past then slammed on the brakes with no signal and turned partly into a right lane then stopped forming an instant barricade. He crawled out and slammed his fist down on her trunk. She wondered what the noise was when the bike hit the differentia. "But I passed you!" No concept of the bike moving whatsoever. So take care. They may not be 00's but some seem to have a license to kill or at least maim.

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    Finally got the snow I've been waiting for. All I have to say is for those that commute daily in this I salute you! It was chunky and sloppy, but soft with the temps hovering right at freezing. I threw caution and common sense to the wind and took the lane I needed since it seems the city plows didn't hit the shoulders but the state plows do resulting in shoulder (mostly) covered in slushy plow leavings. Except for the idiots who don't understand that when you drive with the wheels in the strip of snow between the tires it sprays all over the cyclist you're passing, most were courteous and gave me plenty of room as they passed.

    It sucks there is no easy alternative to the 2 miles on highway I have to traverse to get to/from work. The options are a bypass road with even smaller shoulders that adds10+ miles to the commute or the back country fire road that is near-deadly when it's dry. So I'm stuck with the highway. Hoping tonight's ride home will be a little better with the roads in better shape!

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    Had a fox run directly at me last night on my way home for about 20 feet before veering off into the wetland-ish area to the side of the trail (the other side is a few feet of vegetation and then the Erie Canal). I don't know why creatures can't just run into the damn bushes. Rabbits do the same thing, refusing to actually run into the bushes. They run down the trail away from me and when I get close enough eventually panic and freeze.

    I was mentally preparing myself to kick whatever it was running at me (didn't know it was a fox until it turned). Glad it wasn't a bear, I guess?

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    Spatialized, Snow makes it a different world. I think the worst part by far is the slushing from cars/trucks. I'm lucky that I don't have to ride down any major roads like that, just across a sleepy town, but it still happens. I'm thankful that my town is so poor that they don't plow until after the storm, so the roads stay so snowy that with the right conditions I can actually ski the roads I usually ride. Make yourself visible, NOBODY expects to see cyclists in the snow.

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    Riding home through the woods approaching a snowmobile bridge with a caution sign and some trail markers I thought "Wow, they really added some reflectors along the edge of the trail here."...Then the 4 deer ran into the woods. The way they were standing along the edge of the trail with the existing markers their eyes looked like a guard rail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schott View Post
    Make yourself visible, NOBODY expects to see cyclists in the snow.
    A cyclist`s chief weapons are fear and surprise.

    Recalculating....

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    Took the moto cycle today but yesterday switched to fixed again, really enjoyable ride and when passing oncoming bikes in the bike path with no lights Im thinking wtf are they thinking? But again that was me two years ago... We get smarter I guess

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    Yeah, I remember flying down the bike path, post bar, in the pitch dark, and our only weapon was that if you thought you heard something, you ring your bell like crazy and move to what you thought was the right side of the trail. I don't know how I didn't end up in the Animas river. We do get smarter, don't we.

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    Chainsuck fixed. As I suspected, granny was worn just enough to snaggle the new chain. I will now try to be replacing chains at .75% as recommended by shop and Park Tool, not at <1 as the Park Tool chainchecker itself says. I was lucky they had the pe$ky XTR compatible granny in stock and were able to do the work while I waited, saving me time and $ since they are not-so-LBS. $20 labor also covered a do-over on my disc brake job (I got them not to sing, but not the right feel), re-seating the new rear studded tire he noticed was slightly off, re-adjusting the rear hub bearing that was oversnug after my overhaul last weekend but had since un-snugged a dite, and a slight V brake adjust because he cannot resist.

    Rode the fatty this morning, a beautiful blue sky and around freezing, and the snowmo trails were positively crowded: 1 landowner fixing drainage, 1 logger, 2 birdhunters, 2 labrador retrievers, 1 cabbed utility vehicle. Snowless excess for dustings in colder spots.
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    Raining again this morning. Supposed to snow over the next couple days...
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    Cold one again this AM. -15 F when I left the house. By the time I got to work my left eyelid was frozen together at the lashes. Good times. Nice sheen of ice over all my clothes. Actually had to walk the bike up the final hill to work as I completely bonked. Crazy how the cold can drain a person so quickly. The cold also reminded me that I need to clean and relube the drivetrain. Things just didn't want to move this morning.

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    Snowy and great. First real snow event from the new house, and on the new bike. There was about 6 inches and snowing when I left this morning. Surprising myself, the sidewalks were my friend...don't judge. I was on and off of them depending on snow piles and walkers. Sort of felt like Paperboy., it was a lot for fun. It handled the biggest plow lines with ease, so far. While I generally just ride straight to work, I poked my way down side streets and through the park and on the in-town snowmobile trail instead. Much safer and cleaner. I made it back up the hill to my house as well, twice. The traction was there, what a fun bike.

    All cleaned up and lubed for a job well done.


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    ^^ Nice Schott! ...and I see I'm not the only on with the bike & tools in the kitchen.

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    Mean looking ride, Schott!

    I drove with my inlaws yesterday to the next town south of here. Could see that big nasty storm front that CB mentions all the way down, but it seems to be stuck on the mountain and can`t quite move over to us in Reno. Studs going back on anyway- still not much hope of snow in town, but will probably be icy for a while.

    Quote Originally Posted by blockphi View Post
    Cold one again this AM. -15 F when I left the house. By the time I got to work my left eyelid was frozen together at the lashes.

    The cold also reminded me that I need to clean and relube the drivetrain. Things just didn't want to move this morning.
    Does lubing do any good at temperatures like that? Do you use something special that doesn`t freeze up solid?
    Recalculating....

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    1,650 bike commuting miles in 5 months...my first day in the car today. Bummed.

    Woke up in cold sweats and a splitting headache, was going to sleep in a bit, shake it off and come in a few hours late but the kid that works for me called in sick. Can't leave the company without IT Support!
    "I may be old and fat, but at least I'm slow." - Me


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    New batteries in the Planet Bike Blaze 2 watt headlight today. Wow. I never realize how bad it was getting until I throw new batteries in there. It's not a 'high end' light by any means, but it shines like the sun with new batteries...especially after not realizing that it's been almost dead for several days. I don't think I hit one pothole on the dirt road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Does lubing do any good at temperatures like that? Do you use something special that doesn`t freeze up solid?
    What I've found is that if I clean and lube each week that things don't get as crunchy. The only time I've had things freeze up was while using Pedro's all weather lube. I usually use T-9 or ProLink and haven't had issues other than when I don't clean it up regularly. I don't think it is so much the lube that freezes, as there is really a small amount left on the chain after it's wiped down, but it's more the collection of grime and attendant water that it traps that causes the chain to stiffen up in really cold temps.

    Today's ride was much warmer -7F at my house this AM. Good ride. Trails are nice and firm so I bumped the pressure up on the tires and had a nice quick ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    New batteries in the Planet Bike Blaze 2 watt headlight today. Wow. ...especially after not realizing that it's been almost dead for several days. I don't think I hit one pothole on the dirt road.
    Runtime on high is supposed to be 8 hours. If that is with alkaline cells, NiMH may be shorter as they are 1.2 not 1.5 volt cells.

    The 1 Watt Turbo has the following output/battery voltage pattern:



    I suspect they use similar driver circuits as the Blaze.

    The Turbo used NiMH AAA'a were 1000 mA. Good NiMH AA'a for the Blaze are about 2500 mA, and the 2 watt LED may get 25% longer runtime. Or 6.3 hours, a little more it the 2 watts is really 1.8. But 8 hours max on high in full on mode. The drop off in output is really pronounced when it kicks in. Not quite on/off but getting there, Also the Turbo starts 50% brighter than it is for most of the run and drops to more typical output in an hour or so. I suspect the Blaze does the same. So comparing almost dead to fresh batteries is a four fold change or more.

    To keep the Turbos burning bright, I figured out regular charging schedule.

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    ^^ I've just been using alkaline AA's... and I usually just run it on the lower setting, so it really does last a long time. I only need it for the morning ride most of the time (evening maybe 1 time a week if I get held up and wind up riding home after dark...more common this time of year), and each use is 30 min or less generally...so if it's 8 hours+ of run time, that's 16 trips I can take with it at least, and by then I have no idea how many trips it's been I know I push it more than that before I finally get around to sacrificing the 2 minutes in the morning to find the batteries in the laundry room... I should do the recharge thing but I've never gotten around to it. I would bet I've been using these same batteries since mid October.
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    Totally overheated today, I don't know what I was thinking getting dressed. Snow doesn't mean cold, it usually means kinda warm and sweaty. That, and I went off piste on the way home, hard work that.


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    Nice ride to and back from barber. Running the new tires at 90-95 as recommended. They are crisper handling at pressure and still ride better than the Tourguards when they were at 65 and 85 pounds. less rolling resistance, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeCOLORADO View Post
    1,650 bike commuting miles in 5 months...my first day in the car today. Bummed.

    Woke up in cold sweats and a splitting headache, was going to sleep in a bit, shake it off and come in a few hours late but the kid that works for me called in sick. Can't leave the company without IT Support!
    Hope you made it through your day, BC. And feel better soon. I`m in a similar place- had a little bit of flu for 1.5 days, manageable though. But by the time I got home this morning I felt like total crap. I just got up a few hours ago, not feeling any better, but I`m going to hop in my truck here soon and get myself some OTC meds- hope they work. After several years of ALMOST 100% bike commutes, I`m still hanging in there on Dec 18th, so there ain`t no way I`ll be driving to work tonight. At least I still have the option to call in sick if I can`t ride it, but it`s already going to be a short paycheck, so I hate to make it any shorter.

    Quote Originally Posted by Schott View Post
    That, and I went off piste on the way home, hard work that.
    Nice! Even in a good snow year, I don`t think I`ve ever seen snow like that inDec. Our big snow (if we get it) usualy doesn`t come until February. Then again, by Feb, youll probably have 30 feet of it
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Nice ride to and back from barber. Running the new tires at 90-95 as recommended. They are crisper handling at pressure and still ride better than the Tourguards when they were at 65 and 85 pounds. less rolling resistance, too.

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    Nice! Less wind resistance on the way back too, I imagine, thanks to the barber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Nice! Less wind resistance on the way back too, I imagine, thanks to the barber.
    It fits under the helmet either way. Less mass to accelerate though including a lighter wallet.

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    Keeping the mind busy on the ride in:
    An Ode To Studded Tires

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    ^^Nice. Press on!

    11 degrees for the morning ride today... brisk. I guess we're spending this day or two between storm systems on the Canada side of the jet stream.
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    Today we finally tipped down to -21C/-6F, which is enough for me to don my "real" cold weather gear - first time this year that I've covered my face, worn a fleece midlayer, or worn the 3 layer gloves. Winter feels like it's taking forever since it started so early around here, but so far I hadn't had a commute below -18C/0F. That's unusual, because by now we'll typically have had a few days of -25C thrown in just to mix things up.

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    9F here, and I think I set a new personal record for slowest commute with dry and windless conditions. I feel like total $h1t. No shower, no breakfast- going straight to bed.
    Recalculating....

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    ^^ But you rode. Nice work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    9F here, and I think I set a new personal record for slowest commute with dry and windless conditions. I feel like total $h1t. No shower, no breakfast- going straight to bed.
    Way to to on the 100%!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    9F here, and I think I set a new personal record for slowest commute with dry and windless conditions. I feel like total $h1t. No shower, no breakfast- going straight to bed.
    Ugh! Hope you feel better soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Keeping the mind busy on the ride in:
    An Ode To Studded Tires
    Ode to an Ode: That was a great ode.

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    ^^ Inspired by Rodar the ill to put another 12 miles on today. My pulsimeter bought it in the crash. It needed a new battery as it did not read for most of the ride previous to the crash. A battery swap showed it is DOA.

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    3rd day of fresh snow, super slush, low pressure, roundabout rides to work. I'm actually sore. My legs will be tree trunks by spring.

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