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    ^^ Honest mistake. Sounds like she's over it... way to admit your error and actually have a concern for other people. That's too rare these days. I'm sure you'll be 100% alert for quite a while now
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    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.
    I came within inches of going OTB into the rear of a parked car while daydreaming up a hill.

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    Hey woodway, keep you chin up! Literally and figuratively. It sounds like all turned out OK. So far I've only been a threat to myself daydreaming, like wandering too close to the soft shoulder and bouncing into it.

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    At least you handled the aftermath well, Woodway. I`ve done similar (usually on cold mornings), plodding along in a bike lane with my head down, just basking in the relative warmth with my nose in the lee of my helmet, when suddenly a pair of walking feet appear in the upward limits of my vision- Whoops!

    We have CB`s heatwave going one too. So far all the mud in my yard is still covered, but now by slushy, grainy snow rather than the safe and squeaky kind. I have a few hundred yards of hardpack/ice over dirt to get to the street, then a couple long shady sections with the same overing over asphalt, but most of my paved ride has been bone dry for quite a while. Man, this snow has really held on figuring it was only a few inches and has been hanging around for a few weeks now!

    No couch needed when I go overboard with Mrs Rodar- I go to bed an hour after she gets up. Next week I think I start swing shift, so had better watch my manners!
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    Woodway: good on you for taking ownership. It is a 'heads up' that New Year's resolutions may change use patterns on our routes.

    CB: This too shall pass.

    Rodar: I guess she is out of the house within 2 hours or you'd be fair game. She can save cold feet for the middle of your back next week.

    Newfangled: Nice. I'm not the only one slow to get the Christmas Ornaments away.

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    I only rode home because I had to bring the work car back this morning after taking it for fieldwork and training on Friday. 13F and uneventful except for my pack (battery)-to-helmet cable kept getting hung up on something on my pack and was annoyingly tugging on my helmet. I was a bit anxious to get home because I picked up a foster dog yesterday and had not left her at home alone before today. But she did great!

    Woodway, glad you both were none the worse for the wear.

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    Pretty mild day, comparatively. 15F on the way in this morning, must have been darn near freezing on the way home. One good thing about those negative temps, makes the other days seem easy.

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    The morning after a hard workout at the gym probably wasn't the best time to try commuting on a SS

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    All the way up to 18 this morning
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    Got to work this morning, and realized that I had worn my reflective vest underneath my jacket. Whoops.

    Another nice day with temperatures around freezing. Unfortunately it looks like our heatwave is finally about to end, with temperatures supposed to drop back to normal starting on thursday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Got to work this morning, and realized that I had worn my reflective vest underneath my jacket.
    Haha! That`s a new one. Did it give you that inner glow?
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    ^^Well, maybe not a new one. I don't think I got out the door like that but mid-winter when I'm up to something like 20+different items to put on I've had some ordering issues.

    Good commute, the trails were a little firmer for some reason I don't understand. A fatbike still would have been ideal but I'm going to try not to mention that every day.....oops, dammit!

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    A balmy 25 at my house this AM. Uneventful ride in. Still hoping for fresh snow.

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    First commute of the year for me and it was good to be back on the bike after a couple of weeks off. I got some bar mitts and a Philips Safe Ride light for xmas and I must say that I love them both. Just wore some liners with the mitts in 28 (F) temp and I was a tad chilly, but nothing compared to being way too hot or way too cold like usual. Its pretty nice having a dynamo light too. No more worries about recharging the current light.

    So far, I am loving 2013.
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    Haha, nice one newfangled! And I thought it was only me who did stupid stuff like that...

    Sweet sunrise CB. Love those kind of mornings.

    Dalton, I don't think there is anything better than new toys/gear to spice the commute up for a bit...

    40 and light rain here. I managed to make it to work without running into anyone today

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    I spent too much time this morning installing a PDW fat fender I had bought (I snapped a SKS DAD fender in a dodo rear dismount (works great on summer trails when no fender is in the way), and exercising foster Ginger (she's settling in nicely) to ride to work, but I brought the bike and took an xl lunch.
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    Warmest commute of 2013. I was able to shed 1 whole upper layer of clothes. Tomorrow it will be in the 40's. Think I will take the wrong way home.

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    Whoa, glacial retreat big time! Only one patch of ice left on my route tonight, and no more snow/ice bridges through the yard to my shed or my truck. Good thing I didn`t have to get to either of them today, because the mud that I`ve been dreading is finally here.

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    Think I will take the wrong way home.
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    Its pretty nice having a dynamo light too. No more worries about recharging the current light.
    I love dyno- welcome to the enlightened world! Is there now a US distributor for the dyno version of that Safe Ride? I see Peter White now mentions it on his website, but so far only stocks the battery version. My buddy recnetly bought one and had to get it from a Dutch distributor. You already had the hub, didn`t you? Did you go with a wired tail light also?

    @MtbX: Nice
    Ginger`s forgotten tennis ball really makes that shot! And is there a 45 N trail around you? If so, you need a pic by that sign next.
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    3 years of daily commuting

    I am 61 years old and I have commuted to and from work every day for 3 years without missing one day, except for days off. (vacations, etc. ) My ride is 2.5 miles there and back. At 5 miles a day, 5 days a week, for 3 years, I have racked up several thousand miles. I have never been stopped due to weather. I have only had 2 spills, both caused by black ice. And the one time it was just from horseplaying around. Right now I am using the new bright red Specialized Disc Hardrock. I got a DYNAMITE deal on it. $520 regular price, but the LBS dealer sold it to me for $400. Just recently downloaded Strava to my phone and have registered mph in the mid 20's at times. I am new to this site. Thanx for listening to an old biking geezer !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    @MtbX: ... And is there a 45 N trail around you? If so, you need a pic by that sign next.
    Great idea, I'll have to check the map.

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    All the way up to 18 this morning
    Anoother great sunrise shot!

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    Way to go, Meatman! Welcome in
    Your profile says Tuna Town. When I was in the service, I had two room mates from central PA- one was in Morrisdale, right by you. I used to go home with them on long weekends. Very pretty up there and we had a lot of good times.
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    Hey meatman, welcome. Where are you doing all this commuting? Put your mark on the map.

    The trails are firming up nicely but now we have a warm spell coming through so I'm not sure how long the ice is going to hold out. I did take an awesome detour to a local trail system that has singletrack. I didn't expect it to be ridable but the snowshoers and walkers had packed it to winter singletrack perfection. I briefly considered taking the day off to ride it.

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    Good job Meatman! Welcome.

    The temp change Rodar mentioned has brought the FOG to my valley... we still have lots of snow on the ground...the dirt road is still packed ice/snow...very nice with the studs. But it's going to get nasty if we get a couple more days very far above freezing.

    I used to fear the freezing fog...but that was before studs. It was liberating this morning blasting down the packed ice on the dirt road, and not tensing up when the pavement got shiny. It wasn't very icy, but on arrival I had a nice crust on every part of me and my bike that was facing forwards. Hard not to get mesmerized staring at your headlight beam when you can see it so well Licking your glasses works to keep that frost at bay, by the way. I had to do something, and I wasn't going to take them off (well I mean I took them off to lick them...but 20* with no glasses is no fun)
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    The ride home last night was a fun one. I ended up taking a bit of a detour and hitting up some of the winter social single tracks that are on my route and then hit up a brief ride across Goose Lake before catching some of the single track in the university area. Good times. This morning it was quite a bit cooler than it has been for the past week or so, 10 degrees when I left my house. Good ride in, but my knee is twinging a bit and I have a squeak coming from the back of the bike. Thinking it is either the brakes rubbing or my rack has come loose. Will have to check that out when I get home tonight.

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    Yikes rodar, I just looked... High temp today is supposed to be 49, high temp tomorrow is supposed to be 27. Heat wave - over. Cold front coming this afternoon, snow behind it apparently. Bring it on
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    I love dyno- welcome to the enlightened world! Is there now a US distributor for the dyno version of that Safe Ride? I see Peter White now mentions it on his website, but so far only stocks the battery version. My buddy recnetly bought one and had to get it from a Dutch distributor. You already had the hub, didn`t you? Did you go with a wired tail light also?
    Rodar - I had the hub on the bike since March or so when I put it all together. I have been dying to use it. I got the light from Peter White, but it looks like his site says Philips is dropping North America, so they must have sold their remaining lights and I was lucky enough to get one. That sucks. Maybe a call in to him might find something.

    As for the tail, the plan is to get one wired, but I am still unsure which one I'm going to get. For now I'm still rocking my Radbot 1000 from Portland Design Works. That one may move up to the helmet once I get a wired light.
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    Snuck a short ride under the last of the sun and temps in the 40's. Nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Licking your glasses works to keep that frost at bay, by the way.
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    Bring it on
    Gaza Extremes fear nowt!

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    Rodar - I had the hub on the bike since March or so when I put it all together. I have been dying to use it. I got the light from Peter White, but it looks like his site says Philips is dropping North America, so they must have sold their remaining lights and I was lucky enough to get one. That sucks. Maybe a call in to him might find something.

    As for the tail, the plan is to get one wired, but I am still unsure which one I'm going to get. For now I'm still rocking my Radbot 1000 from Portland Design Works. That one may move up to the helmet once I get a wired light.
    Dropping North America? Hell, I wasn`t even completely sure they had arrived! Personally, I`m happy with B&M, but mo options is always mo betta, so sorry to see they aren`t going to stick wtih it over here. Wired tail lights are nice, but not as much benefit as the front and routing the wire is a minor hassle. I`m going to keep the wired light on my commuter, but don`t think I`ll bother with one on the other bikes that I have set up for "occasional" lighting. If you do go with a wired light in back, I have a routing tip that might work for you. I was having trouble keeping that front-to-rear wire run out of trouble and eventually took care of it by routing through a length of 1/4 inch plack plastic tubing (for drip irrigation, I think) that I snuggled between two of the three cables that run along my top tube and tied it loosely to the cables with zip ties. For some reason, the zip ties tend to work themselves towards the front end, but it`s easy enough to slide them back where they belong every couple of days- I just do that while riding whenever it catches my eye. Anyway, whatever you do about your tail light, I`m sure you`ll continue to love that dyno light up front!
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    ^^ Hard to fly like an eagle when surrounded by turkeys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by torQ! View Post
    Riding my mountain bike with slicks to work today, road bike is in the shop for some work. The first half of this week was in the 90s and raining so I didn't ride at all.
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    They need to roam free, soar with the gerbils.
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    Holy smokes. That's a lot of turkeys.


    My dirt road was eipc yesterday. It started raining about 2 hours before I headed home (in the dark)...so it was a slush fest on top of the packed snow/ice. There was a nice 3 or 4 inch layer of hardpack on the dirt road in the morning, but by the time I got to CLIMB UPHILL on it on the way home, it was the worst I've ever seen it. a couple hours of rain on top of the packed snow created the most epically slippery, thick creation I've ever ridden through. Not over, through. The Nokians pulled me through, but it was quite an effort. I considered walking.

    We got some fresh snow last night. The road spray that the cars threw up yesterday froze, with a thin layer of fresh on top...it was the loudest road surface ever. PopRocks, all the way to town. I woke up VERY late... a bit stressful, but at least it was light out. Last year (before studs) this would have been a driving day.
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    MTXB, I haven't seem many turkeys lately.
    Rodar, what the hell are you talking about?
    CB, That slushy stuff sucks! Congrats on the studded commute that you would have driven, you are now officially a convert.

    This warm weather has me leery of the lake so I had to take the roads. It's been above freezing since noon yesterday and the ice isn't that thick to start. It is forecast to be warm for a while so I'm not sure if/when I'll be able to cross again. WINDY too. I wore 1 layer too many, isn't it supposed to be winter?

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    Playing with the GoPro... not sure when I'll be ready to 'drop' my first 'edit', but here's a screen grab from this morning...
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    Nice pictures above all!

    20F, dusting of snow, fast firm trails, sub 50 minute commute!!!

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    I agree with JordyB. Good commute this AM. Though I still wish for more snow...

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    I commute about 9.5km each way in the winter and today was one of those days when I want to move somewhere where winter means no snow and low temps that are well above the freezing mark.

    Woke up to 10+cm of drifting snow and paths that are never cleared by the time I start riding (5.15am) Today was just deep snow, no traction and a couple of wipeouts.

    The paths will be likely be clear when I leave the office but i will be riding into a headwind with windchill of -20C.

    No real point other than me ranting/venting/whining.

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    ^^ Gunnar-man, do you commute on the HD or do you have another bike for that task?

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    BrianMc: I just use a rigid 700c with partially studded tires and Alfine drivetrain.

    We get a dump of snow usually with cold temps that last a few days, then a chinook blows through melting the snow during the day/freezing over night. Lots of slush during that time. I couldn't subject the Mojo to that kind of treatment.

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    good grief.... borderline freezing and raining. BOOOO!!

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    From my Monday post-work ride.



    From this morning

    Almost a heat wave today: was only 36 this morning and 45 this afternoon. That's not counting the 10-20mph winds - great when it's a tailwind but miserable as a headwind.

    Storm blowing in as I type, luckily I'm not working again until Tuesday so I won't have to deal with it unless I want to.

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    -18 C (-.4F) 10 to 12 inches of snow.....started snowing at +1C then it went all the way down.

    The 1.9 inch tires floated on the frozen wet layer.

    Too cold for car snot the snow consolidated well.

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    ^^ Negative 4 Farenheit is my personal low temp record. I haven't had the "opportunity" to go lower. We hit negative double digits every few years or so... most winters low single digits is about it. I do like how everything firms up when it drops that far.
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    Painful one today. Freezing rain in the morning with 4+" of snow expected later. I walked onto the driveway and moved my foot about to check for ice. Didnt seem too bad. I took my Fat bike out, and rode it to the end of the driveway before all traction was lost and I fell. Skinned my knee a little but otherwise ok. Walked the fatbike back to the garage, grabbed my other bike with studded tires and rode in just fine. We'll see if the freezing drizzle now turns to snow, as the ride home will be quite interesting.
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    At least you had the studded tire bike to walk back to.

    Below freezing this morning so I took the lake route. It's a fickle route. Still nice sunrises:

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    It would have been a wonderful week of commuting weather wise, but this darn chest cold just makes it a real drag. I keep telling myself that I will ride it out of my system, but it just hurts. 7F this morning on my way in. It was almost 40F yesterday, so there was a fair bit of ice on the roads and sidewalks this morning. Not too bad, just enough to make you pucker and pray for pavement on the other side. The snowmobile trails are riding soooo well. I hope I feel better this weekend so I can get out and ride the trails outside of town a bit.

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    Bedwards, I don't think I could get comfortable riding across a lake. It sounds awesome, but I would definitely be scared that I would break through the ice and lose my bike. Or die. I don't feel like I have the expertise to determine if the conditions were safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Bedwards, I don't think I could get comfortable riding across a lake. It sounds awesome, but I would definitely be scared that I would break through the ice and lose my bike. Or die. I don't feel like I have the expertise to determine if the conditions were safe.
    Really not to hard to tell.....4 inches of clear had ice is fine.....

    Basically if you can feel the ice moving it is too thin.

    In the spring the lakes are still well frozen....but the snow starts to melt the water can't get below the ice layer, so it will sit on top of it....

    Cause the snow insulates the water from the cold nights, the water level above the ice keeps building...

    You can get a thin layer of ice above the main ice.

    Pretty freaky when you ski across the lake, and break through ice layers....just gotta remember where the real ice layer is.

    Also on reserviors the ice can for say 4 feet thick....then the level drops, the ice will crack around the edges of the reservoir, and float out on the water....

    if you go down a crack you might end up floating in icy water covered by an ice floe.

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    You start to know your lakes. After you see if freeze a few years in a row you know where the streams and springs are that make weak spots. Pressure ridges give me the willies so I try to avoid them. Luckily there are none on my route.I think they actually form because 2 layers of ice are overlapping but any liquid water in the middle of a frozen lake isn't good. That, and I've seen some pickup trucks at the bottom of them.

    It's been 35 here today so not warm enough to do any significant melting but warm enough to make the snow soft on the trails. I'm going to take the roads to the lake. I think I should make it....

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    Jag`s story reminded me what I was going to post last night and forgot. Went out for one more smoke last night before I took off for work and decided I`d wheel my bike around to the door while I was there. It was completely windless and snowing lightly, so there was about a cm of fluffy white covering everything uniformly. I came bebopping along the driveway with a cup of coffee in one hand and pushing my bike with the other hand and stepped on a snow-hidden puddle- slid maybe one foot and didn`t go down, but I sloshed most of the coffee on myself. Glad I had another jacket to change into!

    Schott, I hope you kick that chest cold before next week. I had it bad like that for the week leading up to Christmas. It sucks bad enough in the summer, worse when its cold out.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    -18 C (-.4F) 10 to 12 inches of snow.....started snowing at +1C then it went all the way down.
    It snowed the whole time? I don`t think I`ve ever seen it snow below zero F.

    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Still nice sunrises:
    You`re giving CB a run for his sunrise money.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    if you go down a crack you might end up floating in icy water covered by an ice floe.
    Now that`s a cheery thought.
    Recalculating....

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