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    Yesterday I drove, and was glad, given an early sighting of an 18 wheeler having to back down a hill on rte 302, and 4 vehicle vs. state plow collisions for the day.

    Rode today and it was kinda cr*ppy despite the bluebird morning. -13F, roads poorly cleared from yesterday's all day snow (too much overtime?), and way too many 18 wheelers on my route. One of them with a log picker thingy came up on my a** and honked, pretty much guaranteeing I would not move from the lane. Tonight some a**holes in a sedan passed too close and yelled "WHAM" when at my elbow, since that is what they likely wanted to do.

    Rode an empty sidewalk partway home, but it was slow and bumpy like horse tracks on a trail, and the occasional street/driveway crossings were gnarly. My feet were cold from the slow ride home, even though it had warmed to 8F, so I walked the last 2 blocks uphill to my park-n-pedal to warm them. Getting in a cold car with cold feet is like sticking them in icewater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Did anyone see the stories about the guy in Detroit who has walked 21 miles roundtrip to work for the last decade?

    https://www.google.ca/webhp?sourceid...fe=off&tbm=nws
    Not to be confused with: Michigan man abandons truck, clothes, walks up highway wearing only a cowboy hat... https://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dail...182444028.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    (sometimes I just can't get over how slow walking is. Seriously evolution, how did you screw this up so badly? Dogs with legs that are 4" long can walk as fast as us.)
    It's all about endurance. That's all we've got where mobility is concerned. That, thumbs, and a high degree of cephalization and a large cranium are pretty much all we've got.

    My commute was good. Not too cold, not bad. I bought a base layer shirt and pants from target - Champion brand, obviously general athletic wear and not cycling specific - over the weekend (had a gift card) and I have to say, it works very well for cold and I haven't gotten sweaty at all like I tend to when I wear long underwear and an extra garment. Baselayer, t-shirt, jacket was all I needed today. Pretty cozy. I like it.
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    ^ I read but did not verify that humans top endurance running. Seems that wildebeest, bison, maybe kangaroo and some of the other migrating mammals would beat us there but maybe we are talking no rest. That does not alter the speed of walking, which seems fine for about a half mile or a mile commute.

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    I should have specified it as running endurance. It has something to do with the most efficient transfer from one type of energy to the next. Yadda yadda. Kangaroos are terrible walkers and move most efficiently by hopping. How would that be for a commute? "Yeah, I hop to work."
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    Something in the air this morning. Right off the bat, not even a half mile down the road someone buzzes me too close. On many of these narrow residential streets, I ride in the passenger side tire path, perhaps on the outer right edge, but still taking the lane. A few miles later, with oncoming traffic and a narrow road with a solid yellow line, some jackass passes while trying not to go left of center. Not only did he come within inches of my leg, but he did it at a high rate of speed. I caught up with him at the light and lost my mind.

    "What the f*** is your problem, a******?!"

    "If you weren't in the road, I wouldn't have almost hit you!"

    "Did you really just tell me that it was my fault you're driving like you're drunk?!"
    *peels out making a right on red without properly looking for oncoming traffic. Almost causes an accident*

    Few miles later, and some guy pulls right out in front of me. Like skid the tires and lock them up close. I don't get it. I just got new safety vests for me and the backpack. I'm lighting up the night like a freaking airport, and still this stuff happens.

    Other than that, it was cool.
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    I should add that I didn't fly off the handle because of his crappy driving, but because when he passed me, he dropped clutch and revved several times, letting me know he was the big bad car on the road.
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    ^^All this talk about evolution and opposable thumbs and then Texan reports this and we have to realize that we really haven't evolved that far.

    No ride for me again. It would have been like MTXB's but longer and that didn't sound like much fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texan-n-Fla View Post
    "Did you really just tell me that it was my fault you're driving like you're drunk?!"
    Yeah, I think hitting the "Drunk" button is a good place to go with morons.

    Really thorough huffpost article and video about wintercycling from a couple of days ago:

    Winter Cycling 101: What You Need to Know*|*David Dodge



    (I don't know how the people in the video ride in those heavy jackets. I would be roasting)

    Anyway, boring ride in today. Cold enough that the carsnot has nicely firmed up, but it'll turn to mush again later since we're supposed to get close to freezing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    ^ Hey, I'm not greedy. I don't want better ears and a better nose too - I just want humans to have a decent middle gear between walking and jogging.

    (But for anyone who's never heard of the Human vs. Horse marathon, humans have actually outrun equestrians in 2 out of 34 years)
    Walking is slow, but I'm always amazed by how quickly I can cover miles (many, many miles) running. Jogging is kind of a middle gear in a way. I can jog for a very long time.

    Have you read Born to Run? I don't agree with the author on all the barefoot stuff, but it's a fun read and goes into the humans being able to outrun animals from an endurance standpoint.

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    I think I clicked the walk-commute story a day after the rest of you, and it says "This post has been updated" at the bottom, so maybe it didn`t say anything yesterday about setting up a board to manage the guy`s money for him. WTF is that??? I`m not him, and not even one of the donors, but what`s being hinted at makes my skin crawl:

    >“Putting a car in his driveway and just handing James the keys or filling his pockets with cash is not the answer. But with these resources now, we should be able to do something very positive for the guy,” Pollock told the newspaper. “I think the hundreds of donors want this to go to James and not have this go out of his hands. So, if we can set up this little board to manage his money, I think that can happen.”<

    Sure hope your commutes go better today than yesterday, Mtbx and Texan.
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    Generally a good ride in today. Temp was right around 28-30F so I was able to cut down on the layers this morning. Got another 2-3" of snow last night but the roads were in pretty good shape.

    I went down for the first time on a commute this morning though and it was entirely my fault. I was riding down a relatively busy street that is one lane each direction except during rush hour when they turn the parking lane into a second travel lane. There was a car waiting to turn left onto the side street I usually use to cut to a less busy, parellel route, but I couldn't merge behind him because there were cars right next to me and several following me in the right lane as well. I made the decision to pass the line of waiting cars and then move to the left lane and just go onto the sidewalk (I know I know... I usually avoid the sidewalks at all costs but I was trying to avoid backing up traffic and more importantly avoid getting hit). There was about a foot of plowed snow blocking the entrance to the sidewalk but I figured "I'm an experienced mountain biker on a fat bike...This should be no problem." I hit that snow at about 14 mph and failed to lift the front wheel at all. Bam. Over the bars into a nice soft mound of fresh(ish) snow. One of the plow drivers rolled his window down to ask if I was ok which I appreciated. The only thing I hurt was my dignity. I've never jumped up from a crash so fast in my life!

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    Good ride in today. -7 at my house. A bit warmer in town.

    Had to run to REI yesterday to pick up some stuff for my daughters and ended up exchanging my Vasque Snowburban boots (ripped out the top eyelets on one side) for a pair of Baffin Attack softshell boots - they seem to be pretty decently okay. A bit odd fit with straps instead of laces, but seem to be warm enough for riding. Not sure about standing around at ski meets and such. I also picked up a pair of Black Diamond Soloist Finger mitts on sale. So far I love these things! I wore them back from REI in temps in the 10-12 range and my hands got too dang hot. I wore them on the first leg of the ride home last night in the mid-teens with a pair of ragwool gloves instead of the BD liners and my hands were perfect. In the valley, with temps in the single digits I wore the outer shell with the liner gloves from my BD Guide gloves and my hands were perfect. This morning in the below 0 temps I wore the liners that came with them and my fingers stayed nice and warm. I can see where double-digits below 0 will result in indexes and thumbs getting cold, but the mitt design, I think, will work much better overall than a standard glove. What I found with the BD Guide glove - which is rated to like -10F - is that anything below the single digits and my fingers would turn to ice - partially because they were just a touch too tight. Anyway. So far I am happy with these new globs. We'll see how they work out if we actually get a deep freeze up here anytime soon.

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    -20C overnight

    Rode in at -16C

    Sitting at 2 C and the chinook wind is blowing....

    Supposed to be back down to -21C tomorrow morning....then up to 7C and up for the weekend.

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    How was your commute today?

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    Yeah, I think hitting the "Drunk" button is a good place to go with morons.
    I stole it from you a few days ago. It worked well.
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    Tex, aren't leaving Florida? Probably for the best, yeah? Stay safe out there.
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    Yeah, we're moving to Austin in June. Until then, I still have to commute in the worst state for cycling, statistically speaking.
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    I thought I remembered that. Too lazy to flip through pages, though. I feel like Florida is a lot of worst for me. Saw some huge damn spiders there on a vacation when I was fifteen or sixteen. No urge to go back.

    I might be doing field work in Texas in a year or so. Beaumont area, closer to Louisiana in the Big Thicket Nature Preserve. That's pending though. Don't think I'll be able to have a bike tough...maybe I'll buy a cheap used one if I need to.
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    It was fine, slow getting to class lots of traffic but quick getting home.
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    Fast, Cold, Clear, w/ a side of Moose Detour:


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    Quote Originally Posted by JordyB View Post
    Fast, Cold, Clear, w/ a side of Moose Detour:
    Nice, nice. I've not seen too many moose lately, but have been privy to the fast conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post

    No ride for me again. It would have been like MTXB's but longer and that didn't sound like much fun.
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    Good ride in this AM -9 F/-22.8C.

    Pulled a 20 mile day yesterday with 15 of it on the way home last night. Good times.

    Nice styrofoam creak snow this morning. Really fast rolling. Supposed to get a wind event starting late this afternoon. Sounds like it could make things pretty dang chilly.

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    It's freezing today, but sunny so I will be riding. Hoping that the roads will be dry enough since it is so cold that the salt simply won't be melting anything. Expecting side roads to still be kind of messy. High of 13° and a low of 8° with windchills in the negatives.
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    Nice moose Jordy! I only get deer. Well, lots of turkeys today too. (not just the ones in cars)
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    I think you are worse off. A friend in Maine posted the new state record snowfalll...
    Yeah, it's deep. I "rode" today. The lake is awful! Worst I've seen. I was at my max heart-rate pushing my bike through the deep snow like a bulldozer for the whole way. When I got the the other side the trails were crap so I took the road. I'm really hopeful that they will get well packed this weekend.

    I avoided the main road as much as possible but did get honked at by somebody that seemed to think I was in his way because I pulled into the breakdown lane on his side. It was snowing heavily and I was moving much faster than traffic so I waved as I left him sitting there.
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    Still doesn't snow here in the Sierras, just FYI if anyone is considering relocating.


    In other news, my neighbor got an, um, interesting series of pictures on her trail camera... I have made a little addition to the backpack shoulder strap for the pre-dawn dirt road excursions. I've had no problem being alert on that first part of the ride for the past few days

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    I carry my knife and small pocket light in a very similar fashion.
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    33 F and light snow. Major snow( more than 40 inches in a week) and giant mounds everywhere. Some bike paths still not cleared, add in narrow lanes make for and interesting ride. Mostly good though.

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    About 20F and 30mph winds seems to be my new normal commute. Stupid wind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by formula4speed View Post
    About 20F and 30mph winds seems to be my new normal commute. Stupid wind.
    Today's weather warning: "WINDS TONIGHT INTO FRIDAY: INCREASING TO 25 TO 45 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 70 MPH. LOCAL GUSTS TO 85 MPH POSSIBLE IN WIND PRONE AREAS NEAR HIGHWAY 395."

    I hear ya. Buckle up, Rodar! Another non-winter rain storm is coming!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    I have made a little addition to the backpack shoulder strap for the pre-dawn dirt road excursions.
    No problems carrying that into school, then? Just wondering how that would fly here.

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    CommuterBoy, you are going to defend yourself from a mountain lion with a $10 Buck knife? My money is on the cat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    No problems carrying that into school, then? Just wondering how that would fly here.
    It wouldn't fly here either...

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    CommuterBoy, you are going to defend yourself from a mountain lion with a $10 Buck knife? My money is on the cat.
    No way. It's a $40 Gerber.

    I am certain I'd lose round 1... but I'm hoping it would be better than my fingernails if I made it to round 2.

    Everyone I know who's come across a cougar while riding has only gotten a glimpse, because they run away so quick. They have all the deer to eat that they want around here... I'm not in fear of being attacked, but it does feel like I should have something for that freak chance... I'm more concerned that the GoPro is on than that the knife is sharp...call me crazy. I want to see one bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    I'm more concerned that the GoPro is on than that the knife is sharp...call me crazy. I want to see one bad.
    You'll want to turn the Go Pro around so it takes a picture behind you....

    Cause that is where the cougers attack from.

    BTW that is also why there are not alot of round two's.

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    I'm thinking on the bars facing back...so you can see me riding along oblivious with the snarling beast hanging in the air behind me.... something like that HAS to go viral


    And true, round 2 is rare... but I have a way better chance of being struck by lightning than even getting into round 1, so I'm feeling OK about my chances with the Gerber and the GoPro...
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    Thankfully no big cats around here.

    I did bump into a coyote last night with the dog, though. It popped out of the trees maybe 50' in front of us, ran down the mup for a bit, and then headed back into the trees. The dog had never actually seen a coyote before, so I think she was pretty confused.

    And this was a cute, "normal" sized coyote. The last few years I kept seeing these monster coyotes that were bigger than a german shepherd, but this year it's all been the little ones.

    Snowfall warning in effect, and we might get 6~8" through tomorrow.

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    I always carry a knife, too. Even on campus, but I usually have it on me not hanging off my pack. I know I'd get some trouble for it if it was out. Hell, starting in July it'll be illegal to smoke on all campuses in Illinois. I don't smoke anymore but that's just really stupid. Illinois for ya.
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    And I have a Gerber knife too. Pretty sharp and dandy. I like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    And this was a cute, "normal" sized coyote. The last few years I kept seeing these monster coyotes that were bigger than a german shepherd, but this year it's all been the little ones.
    Yup lots of coyotes this winter.....saw one out on the river ice in the downtown....big one looked more like a wolf??

    Acutally now that I think about it not so many coyotes....but definately the one big one....makes more sense too.

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    I got this "normal" guy on my trail cam at my house... Stretching his neck out to smell my bacon bait. I have seen a lot of them this year also... I wonder if the population is up, or if I'm just noticing... It's always way off in a field, there's another one... maybe I'm just seeing the same one or two over and over.

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    Coyotes are all over in this area, especially the wooded mangroves by the river that I usually pass on my commute. It's funny because our dog, Baby Girl, is half coyote and half Australian Shepherd. So when she spots these things, it's like she's not sure what to do.
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    ^ my aussie is practically a wild animal. I can't imagine that crossed with an actual wild animal.

    After seeing a bunch of normal coyotes this year, I'm thinking that I really must have been seeing coy-wolves for the last few years, because those things were massive. And based on Jeff's story, it sounds like maybe that pack has moved south.

    Plenty of new snow for the ride home...

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    Just checked the weather out in the valley to see how to dress for my ride and, well, the wind is out of the north/north east at steady 48 mph with gusts to 67. Yeah - boy! You heard it here first - the wife is picking me up from the bus stop. Though if I could actually make it to where I turn to head eastward it would be a dang fast trip.

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    ^^Windy!!

    Cool cat and coyote. My Dad took out his sailing knife (1 blade, 1 spike) when he met a mountain lion at a trailside boulder in CO. Luckily the cat slunk off before he had to see how he'd do in a knifefight.

    We have coyotes here but I have only seen one while trailriding and it took off when we locked eyes. Usually I just hear them, and a few weeks ago saw a big one run over on the interstate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    ^ my aussie is practically a wild animal. I can't imagine that crossed with an actual wild animal.

    After seeing a bunch of normal coyotes this year, I'm thinking that I really must have been seeing coy-wolves for the last few years, because those things were massive. And based on Jeff's story, it sounds like maybe that pack has moved south.

    Plenty of new snow for the ride home...
    Believe it or not, BG is the most well behaved dog I've ever had. She'll sprint through the yard after a squirrel or something, but she always stops when she reaches the edge. She never nips at the kids, never barks (unless there's a loud noise or knock at the door late at night), never tears up furniture, and is generally extremely well behaved. But, at the same time, she eats chicken carcasses whole, steals tuna cans out of the garbage and leaves them in my bedroom at night, and hunts squirrels. She's 12 now, and goes with me every once in awhile on a ride, but I'm dreading the day that she passes. Irreplaceable.

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    ^ mine just thinks that everything is a potential threat. Coyote, skateboard, person wearing a hood, parked car with its lights on, plastic bag blowing in the wind...she's great with us but psycho when she loses it.

    So much snow today. Probably about 5" on the ground, but it was still coming down really hard. I can't even imagine what it's like to get feet of snow in one shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    I have a way better chance of being struck by lightning ..
    Especially now with that Gerber as a lightning rod!

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    I finally found a surface treatment my tires don't like, I think y'all have been calling it car snot. This is the high sodium version, soft- ish at 15f and unpredictable. Road shoulders were reasonably well plowed after this week's first snow of 18 inches or so. The following few inches of snow were apparently too much for the County and City trucks.

    I tried my usual routine of riding the wide shoulders, in the stuff for about a quarter mile, then just took the lane for the rest of the ride, it was just too much work to grind through. To my surprise, everyone gave me a wide berth with all my lights going. I got smoke dumped on me by a Cummins and a Powerstroke- still waiting for a Duramax to smoke me on the same day for the Trinity of belligerent Redneckism. Other than that, it was a good ride and one of my coldest at 9f on the trip home.

    Nice pics of the cats and dogs. Have trail cams got that much better in the last few years, or is this due to the photographer's skills?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rustedthrough View Post
    Nice pics of the cats and dogs. Have trail cams got that much better in the last few years, or is this due to the photographer's skills?
    Well the coyote is my picture, and the cat was my neighbor's...knowing that makes me say it's the cameras.
    You have no excuse for driving to work
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    Essentially the same weather as Rusted - cold. Car snot all over the place here as well, and the narrowed lanes are not helping. Bike lanes are half plowed which really sucks. Windy and boring for the ride today. Forgot to charge both headlights. Made it home with one on red.

    Stopped at the bike shop - fat bike fenders are IN!!! Going in on Saturday to get them as I was pressed for time today. PDW finally made more of these things, and I could not be happier. Will post pics, of course.
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