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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    My 2012 by the numbers:

    Commute days: 180
    Commute miles: 6,480
    Commute Ascent: ~351,000 feet (66.4 miles)
    Commute Time: 425 hours, 52 minutes (almost 18 days commuting on the bike!)
    Average Low Temp: 45F
    Average High Temp: 58F
    Coldest Day: 25F (January 17)
    Hottest Day: 87F (August 17)
    Rides in the rain: 91 (not days, if it's raining both ways that counts as two rain rides)
    Rides in the snow: 4
    Total Miles for the year including rec. rides: 7,544

    I thought I would end with more total miles this year, but I ended up dialing back my recreational riding because I found that after commuting for a full week (180 miles, almost 10,000 feet of climbing) many weekends I just did not feel like climbing back onto my bike.

    I've enjoyed all your "How was your commute today?" photos and stories this year. Hope that you all have a safe New Year and tailwinds in 2013.
    10K climbing per week just blows my mind! The miles are impressive too, but the elevation... Yowza!
    I sure wish my computers tracked total ride time like the mileage. The one on my "main" ride does track elevation gain- should have checked that just for fun before I did my year end battery change and reprograming. Rain rides? My records show 9 point 1 rain rides over my cycling career, so I`m only a decimal away from you there
    I don`t blame you for going less on the commutes to make way for more fun. Even though my commuting isn`t to the degree that it interferes with my fun miles, I`m not going to be so anal about it in the future either- I got one perfect year under my belt, and that was what I wanted.

    RyR year end:
    234 of 234 commutes (due to more furlough days each year, total commutes is actually way down from 2010`s high of 249 bike commutes)
    4389 total miles
    roughly 2400 commute miles, depending on exactly what I count as commuting

    EDIT:
    I started tracking my mileage in 2010 and have increased each year. For a while there, this year`s mileage was so far ahead of 2011`s that I was concerned I would go WAY over it and then be looking at a decline from 2012 to 2013. Eventually, it`s going to have to start back down again, but I prefer that year to be far off in the future! Fortunately, I got plenty lazy for Nov and Dec
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    I was talking it up a little bit last week, but can now report that I`m an official randonneur since I finished my first sanctioned event Monday night. For those who have no idea what I`m jabbering aboput, randonneuring is yet another type of silly cycling sport. The main type of events they do (brevets) are sort of like rally rides or poker runs: start at "A", follow a specified route and check in or prove your arrival time at various points along the way, get to the finish line within X time. Traditionally, they run in a series of 200KM, 300KM, 400KM, and 600 KM, a few weeks apart, with a time limit corresponding to 15 KPH total time from each check point to the next. For the truly wild bunch, there are also extra long brevets ranging from 1000K to 1400K. Any rate, the ride I just did was the shortest (200K) and was sort of a one-off ride, rather than part of a series. I plan to do at least one more 200 this year and try the 300, but that`s probbly as far as I`ll go for 2013. Following the grand tradition of cycling sports, there is more than one sanctioning body overseeing all things rando. A brain fart on my part had me super excited, thinking I would be eliglible for my giant trophy (well, okay- its really just a little pin) after my ride was registered, but this ride was sponsored by the US version, not the pin awarding French guys, so no pin for me yet (pout, pout). The ride itself wasn`t particularly interresting, but it WAS my first, so I wrote it up and you can read all the fun details if you want on BFnet:
    First brevet- ride report and questions
    I didn`t take a whole lot of pictures, but here are a few highlights.
    1. Check in (exciting, yes?)
    2. Rolling with the gang (before they dropped me like a rock)
    3. Johnny Cash`s home for wayward boys, Folsom CA
    4. Looking back at the American River
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    Back on the wagon!!! First commute of 2013!

    ‎45NRTH Dillingers pulled their weight on this mornings commute to work. Anchorage is currently an ice rink, have fun with it!!! Ice, Slush, Overflow, Snow, Mud, saw it all today!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    ...Awesome mileage, Bedwards! I was surprised a few pages back when you mentioned you`d only been racking it up like that for a few years, so even awesomer.
    I use to ride a lot, like 1000 miles/year? I'm not sure because I never really kept track. Then I took about a 10 year break and now here's the ramp up.
    Year, Commuted, Gas Money, Mileage Rate, Total Miles, Fatbike Miles
    "2009, 900, $119.00, $495.00, 1200, 0
    "2010, 2257, $322.94, $1,141.00, 3179, 0
    "2011, 3735, $691.52, $2,012.98, 4539, 0
    "2012, 5218, $1,039.00 $2,896.00, 5853, 0
    2013 ???, ???, ???, ???, ???
    Total 12135 $2,176.90 $6,558.86 14,789

    I don't think I can keep adding 1500 miles/year but I can try to break 6000 next year. That may be the plateau for me. I really can't imagine logging many more miles than I did this year. I'm not woodway or hunter. (I'd rep you guys for your high miles and 100%ers but I still have to spread it around)

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    Right at zero this morning, and somehow I was overdressed, haha! Tomorrow's commute time forecast is calling for -19F. I think I'll wear the same thing I did today. Goggles were awesome, and the snowmobile trails are finally riding really fast and fun.

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    Ther weather has been pretty up and down the last few weeks..
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    How was your commute today?-img_20121224_060930.jpg

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    I finally got to a place where I enjoy the uphills as much or more than the downhills. That place is -7F.

    Great pix, Fux!
    Whopper mileage Bedwards!
    Congrats on the rando, Rodar!
    Woodway, that's ridiculous!

    Oh yeah, I passed a speeding car today!
    I saw blue lights behind me, and a car and then a cop car passed me. When they pulled over, I sped by.
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    ^^ What she said. Plus nice pic mtbxplorer.

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    Temperature right around freezing, roads are nicely packed since we haven't gotten fresh snow in awhile, and there was the tiniest hint of light still left on the horizon as I headed home - a beautiful first commute of 2013 on the singlespeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    RyR year end:
    234 of 234 commutes (due to more furlough days each year, total commutes is actually way down from 2010`s high of 249 bike commutes)
    4389 total miles
    roughly 2400 commute miles, depending on exactly what I count as commuting
    Whoo-hooo, congrats Rodar on the perfect year. Virtual high-five!

    BTW - I like your ratio of commute-to-recreation miles better than mine...

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    First ride since changing my tire from a 700x32 to 700x35 trail tire. Definitely noticed a difference in the snowy stretches. The bike bit hard, even on my turn. Hoping I can avoid using studs for another winter.

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    Congrats on the 200K Rodar. I know several Rando guys here in the Seattle area...they are my kind of guys!

    Fux, you take some of the best pics - thanks for sharing.

    bedwards, I never set out to put in this many miles...it just sort of happened. Be careful, it might happen to you too...

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    Cold. 7F at 10PM, so it`s going to be like the real winter guys` temps for the ride home tomorrow morning.

    Too late for 2013, but where do I order my 2014 Fux calendar?

    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I don't think I can keep adding 1500 miles/year but I can try to break 6000 next year. That may be the plateau for me. I really can't imagine logging many more miles than I did this year.
    Looks to me like your biggest goal should be eliminating that pesky zero in the last column.
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    Great pics FUX! Those icy roads actually look inviting.

    Schott, how much do you love riding your bike? Did you notice it is -15 but only feels like -4. Now don't be a baby and go ride your bike

    Woodway, there's a good chance you could be right. Next thing you know I'll be buying a titanium bike and bashing it with a hammer.

    Me, I have a meeting after work so had to drive as opposed to riding in at -5. Oh well. I don't like that at this point I've only commuted 50% this year.

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    -13F and my upper body was a bit too warm, owing to 1 extra layer compared to yesterday, plus switching to the insulated helmet. I still dislike goggles, but I must admit they worked great today with a gator neoprene mask - zero fogging. I tried them first with the bike helmet but they were interfering with each other, and they worked much better with the insulated helmet with a goggle keeper on the back. My feet got cold, even with boots claiming -35F rating.

    A pic of Dix Reservoir and Camel's Hump (it's on the VT Quarter). Thankfully there was no wind, unlike last night.
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    I did notice that, they obviously weren't on a bike. Went with ski helmet and goggles, could barely see after about a mile, good thing the snowmobile trails are predictable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    Ahhh Chinook for the foresable future....

    Lots of car snot though
    Damn Chinook 8C and the airport.....-8C downtown....

    Airport is about 600 feet higher in elevation so the Chinook hasn't blown all the way down to the river valley today.

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    Right at freezing point melting on pavement warmed by sun. Roads had random bands of compressed snow in low traffic areas. Wind much lower than forecast. Was a bit over dressed. Nice, but a bit sweaty on arrival. Better than really frozen. One sided SPD pedals worked way better with my boots than expected. The iBike test run was decent. No need for studded tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    -13F and my upper body was a bit too warm, owing to 1 extra layer compared to yesterday, plus switching to the insulated helmet. I still dislike goggles, but I must admit they worked great today with a gator neoprene mask - zero fogging. I tried them first with the bike helmet but they were interfering with each other, and they worked much better with the insulated helmet with a goggle keeper on the back. My feet got cold, even with boots claiming -35F rating.

    A pic of Dix Reservoir and Camel's Hump (it's on the VT Quarter). Thankfully there was no wind, unlike last night.
    BURR, Upper 20's to mid 30's here in Anchorage still. Where's that fat studded fatback???

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    Quote Originally Posted by JordyB View Post
    BURR, Upper 20's to mid 30's here in Anchorage still. Where's that fat studded fatback???
    Honestly, I was afeared of taking the trails to work in this cold snap, especially since the last trip on them on Monday took 2 1/2 hours! Most of the snowmobile trails are probably better packed now, but this morning I saw that my personal feeder trails I re-packed on New Years day were all drifted in.

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    Upper 20's on the way to work, low 20's back today. Eyeballs were burning for the first half of the ride home today.

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    schedule got switched to 9-6

    traffic in the morning is a lot lighter on the roads at 8am when I leave

    it seams everyone heads for Atlanta around 7:30 or so in order to get in for their 9am shift

    The ride home is a lot darker and pausing to watch the stars for a bit really is enjoyable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Did you notice it is -15 but only feels like -4. Now don't be a baby and go ride your bike
    +2 for my ride home this morning, and it felt like cold, so I was a baby about it! Then couldn`t resist waking up my wife by dropping my frozen mittens on her warm face when I walked into the house.

    The snow in my yard is getting old, but still squeaks when I walk or ride over it, so needs a lot more heat before it starts melting. The nice part about cold is that it means NO MUD.

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    The iBike test run was decent.
    iBike? Is that a battery assisted bike of some kind? Sounds like you mentioned it already, but I must have missed it. Report?
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    Woo Hooo! First lake crossing and snomobile trail ride of the season. The trails are packed powder so there are spots where I sink too much and it took me 1:45 to do my commute. A fatbike with studded tires would have been Ideal! to cross the lake and float over the packed trails.




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    Whooooo!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miles91Collins View Post
    Got honked at when I was as far right as I could be without getting doored.
    Drivers don't know about the door problem so you were seen as a road hog. They also don't recognize that you decide where it is safe for you to ride, not them, Also in most places you have the right to the entire lans, if you need it for safety. In Indiana a line of 6 backed up requires one to pull over. Otherwise, they wait for a safe place to pass.

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    it was cold. but still better than driving. first commute of 2013. I had some family stuff going on this week and had to shuttle the kids around.
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    It was 22f this morning, which was downright balmy compared to yesterday's 15f. If you want a good workout, install some studded tires (1000g each).

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    iBike? Is that a battery assisted bike of some kind? Sounds like you mentioned it already, but I must have missed it. Report?
    Mentioned in MTBxplorer's thread on smart phone smart bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Woo Hooo! First lake crossing and snomobile trail ride of the season. The trails are packed powder so there are spots where I sink too much and it took me 1:45 to do my commute. A fatbike with studded tires would have been Ideal! to cross the lake and float over the packed trails.
    Nice pics! You have enough ice, now, huh? I saw that 4 snowmobilers dropped through at Rangeley Lake (and did not get out alive) over there just before the cold snap.

    And on that fatbike, they are in pretty high demand, so it seems doubtful that the one you saw on CL for a good price for weeks really was sold that day. The seller probably just did not take it down after the sale and didn't want to fess up. What I'm trying to say is, if you have to pay more than that, don't feel bad.

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    Apparently there's enough ice, I made it both ways. Local knowledge goes a long way. Thanks for enabling me on the fatbike Like I need it.

    I think he really sold it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Thanks for enabling me on the fatbike Like I need it.

    I think he really sold it.
    Dang! Swear I don't have it. Don't know if you follow the fatbike forum, but in case not, some of the Pugsleys are coming up with frame cracks in the same place, FYI in case you see a REALLY good deal.

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    was something like -16C windchill'd today.
    i lost the bolt to my fender so my tire was dragging hard, but hey, my wife broke off the shift paddle on her campy veloce shifter so I'm not feeling too bad!
    running 31mm panaracer crossblaster front and 35mm kenda kross supreme tires now.
    pretty decent.
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    I didn't even suspect until you denied it so vehemently

    So where should I be looking for cracks. I have been avoiding the fatbike forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I didn't even suspect until you denied it so vehemently

    So where should I be looking for cracks. I have been avoiding the fatbike forum.
    Only seems to be the model year the frames were painted white, or so i've seen. Its the seat stay to seat tube weld, in the Heat Affected Zone. You can bearly make it out sometimes but the power coat starts to crack and lines form around the weld.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts View Post
    i lost the bolt to my fender so my tire was dragging hard, but hey, my wife broke off the shift paddle on her campy veloce shifter so I'm not feeling too bad!
    Doh! And double Doh! Good thing you weren`t riding studs- would have been like a cheese grater.

    No more BikeCO? I thought he was going to hang around, but haven`t seen him in a while. Same with Junior in AZ.

    Plant closed tonight, but my boss hooked me up with some PM inspections, so I`ll be all by myself. Get to ride all the way through the warehouse and park at my bench
    And taking a 13 week break from graveyard (going to swing) starting in a week. That`ll be nice.
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I didn't even suspect until you denied it so vehemently

    So where should I be looking for cracks. I have been avoiding the fatbike forum.
    Wimpus fatbikeus! But I will help. (apologies for the derail to others not in need of fatbike therapy). It's simple, you just have to hurry up and figure out which of the 26'r or 29'r twins you want to keep, and then it will be (n-1)+1=n

    A few of the posted pix, where Jordy said, but a black was just posted:
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Plant closed tonight, but my boss hooked me up with some PM inspections, so I`ll be all by myself. Get to ride all the way through the warehouse and park at my bench
    Fun! The first time I rode to work in Portland ME (35 mi), I did a lap around the cubies to celebrate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Plant closed tonight, but my boss hooked me up with some PM inspections, so I`ll be all by myself. Get to ride all the way through the warehouse and park at my bench
    Think you could log a couple of inside miles? Don't leave any skid marks...you'll be busted.

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    Had a couple of snap-cold commutes in, but this one was my favourite. The bump in the skyline is Mt. Rainier.



    It dipped to 17.8F before the rain and sleet kicked in, warming it back up to above freezing temperatures. More of the usual again next week (rain, rain, more rain).

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    +2 for my ride home this morning, and it felt like cold, so I was a baby about it! Then couldn`t resist waking up my wife by dropping my frozen mittens on her warm face when I walked into the house.
    This got by me. You posted so you weren't killed. Living dangerously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    +2 for my ride home this morning, and it felt like cold, so I was a baby about it! Then couldn`t resist waking up my wife by dropping my frozen mittens on her warm face when I walked into the house.
    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    This got by me. You posted so you weren't killed. Living dangerously.

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    Damn dude... Someone call Kenny Loggins coz you're in the... DANGER ZONE.

    You can tell when a man is planning for the future when he buys a really, really nice couch to sleep on. Because he can do stuff like this and know he's going to get a good night's sleep.

    Coincidentally, my $1500 couch is FANTASTIC.

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    I've ride by here all the time at night on my way home, but only today did I notice that someon had made a Christmas tree along the multi-use trail:




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    Good Monday morning all!

    Nice pics hunter & newfangled.

    Trail commute again and it kinda sucked. I thought they would be firmed up after some warmer weather and snowmobile traffic but they were softer than they were on Friday. Again, a fatbike would have been perfect...I'm just saying. A friend and I skated the lake over the weekend and the direct route has plenty of ice so that is nice.

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    Back in action here... Christmas break was too short yet again. Only 2 weeks off. I don't know how people with 'normal' jobs do it

    It warmed up to the teens for me...a nice re-introduction. It's been single digits in the mornings. Still a lot of ice/packed snow out there, and it's been so cold that it's an instant transition... bone dry pavement to packed snow/ice in 1 centimeter Yesterday was the first day we've gotten above freezing since before Christmas.
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

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    20 with a cloud front rolling in from the West. Pretty cool to watch it roll in.

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    Good ride this morning. First commute back for the new year. A bit slick in some areas. Wish Anchortown would get some new snow! Maybe the clouds coming in will bring some white stuff.

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    I clipped a walker on the MUP this morning and man do I feel bad about it.

    Lucky for both of us I was going fairly slow (about 10MPH) because I was climbing a long grade. I was grinding along with my head down just daydreaming away when suddenly she appeared in front of me. I was maybe 3-4 from her when I first saw her. I made an emergency left move and clipped her left arm hard enough to knock the flashlight she was holding out of her hand. Thank god I did not knock her over.

    I got off my bike apologizing profusely, asking if she was OK, picked up her flashlight and gave it back to her. She said "didn't you see me?" and I admitted I had not because I was riding with my head down daydreaming. I told her it was completely my fault and that I was an ass for riding with my head down. I must have apologized twenty times. She was nice about it, said she was fine and we parted with a "have a good day".

    I cannot help but think about what could have happened if I would have plowed straight into her - I could have really injured her. In four years of riding this route I have never seen anyone walking this section of MUP in the morning which is why I was not paying attention but that's no excuse.

    Big wake-up call that I have to pay better attention in the future. I've let myself get a little lazy. Be careful out there everyone.

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