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    We were supposed to have a significant winter storm on Saturday. Woke up to ride over to a daylong retreat for board members of Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers and it was p*ssing down rain. Got to the conference center and was soaked. But no snow. By the time we were done at 4, the sun was out, the wind was blowing, and the water had mostly dried up.

    In town this morning the roads were bone dry, but the MUPs were a mixed bag o mess. The Iditarod ceremonial start was Saturday, so they chewed up the trails quite a bit and the melting on Sunday turned it to mush in some places. Now today we are at 12F so things froze down solid. Some bare pavement on the MUP, but mostly mix of icy crappy.

    Conundrum - guy of Craigslist is selling 6 fatbike tires (4 Devist8er ULs and 2 Vee 8s) for 200 bucks. Do I drop the coin on these tires for summer use knowing that they are not the best tires or wait until I actually need a new tire and then drop half the total for all six for a single tire that'll be bald by the end of the summer?

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    I would beg to ride that redbull course with my studs. No thanks on the skates though. Looks crazy!


    Low of 27 for the commute today, and a high of 71 forecasted for this afternoon. That's a 44 degree gap. Gonna have a backpack full of this morning's clothes for the ride home

    In other news, I always hate breaking out the headlight again when the morning commute goes dark because of daylight savings time. Everyone gets all excited about all the extra daylight after dinner, when I'd really rather have it be dark so the kids will go to bed without too huge of a battle... give me my mornings back, thank you very much

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    In other news, I always hate breaking out the headlight again when the morning commute goes dark because of daylight savings time.
    Yup. I'd just put away my magicshine clone and its annoying batterypack away. Lousy DST.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blockphi View Post
    Conundrum - guy of Craigslist is selling 6 fatbike tires (4 Devist8er ULs and 2 Vee 8s) for 200 bucks. Do I drop the coin on these tires for summer use knowing that they are not the best tires or wait until I actually need a new tire and then drop half the total for all six for a single tire that'll be bald by the end of the summer?
    If you are riding trail tires on the road they will wear out quickly...so the alternative to buying these tires is to ride less.

    That is how I ended up with three wheel sets, including some road slicks, has reduced my tire consumption from garage fulls of worn out knobs to a one set of knobbies every couple of years, and road slicks that last 5 plus years.

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    [QUOTE=CommuterBoy;11826422]I would beg to ride that redbull course with my studs. No thanks on the skates though. Looks crazy! [Quote]

    We have a ski hill in town, years ago before they prefected snow making the hill would turn into a skating rink.....great fun to skate down the hill when the skiis couldn't get a bite on the ice.

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    [QUOTE=jeffscott;11826495][QUOTE=CommuterBoy;11826422]I would beg to ride that redbull course with my studs. No thanks on the skates though. Looks crazy!

    We have a ski hill in town, years ago before they prefected snow making the hill would turn into a skating rink.....great fun to skate down the hill when the skiis couldn't get a bite on the ice.
    Our local ski hill partnered with Ray's MTB Park and held the second annual Downhill Snow Bike Race this weekend. The race was held on a slalom course which made it that much more fun, especially when the tire grooves finally formed berms around the icy corners. It might have been one of the most fun things I've ever done on a bicycle.

    The weather finally broke here as well. Was 35F and sunny this morning with mid to upper 40s forecasted for the ride home. Going to be warm all week and no rain to boot. Finally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blockphi View Post
    Conundrum - guy of Craigslist is selling 6 fatbike tires (4 Devist8er ULs and 2 Vee 8s) for 200 bucks. Do I drop the coin on these tires for summer use knowing that they are not the best tires or wait until I actually need a new tire and then drop half the total for all six for a single tire that'll be bald by the end of the summer?
    $33/tire. Probably worth it based on the miles you ride.

    I'm actually enjoying the dark morning commutes. I get to catch the sunrise again and the evenings are all in the light unless I get trapped at work.

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    ^^ The sunrises are coming back for me... another week or 2. That makes it *almost* worth it.

    Kleebs, that sounds awesome. Jeffscott...I would do that on crampons. Skates...nope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    $33/tire. Probably worth it based on the miles you ride.
    I'd emailed the guy back and said no thanks. So he comes back with - How about 125 for them all and I'll throw in a 27TPI Nate and a rotor. Seems a tenant left them behind. I couldn't pass that up. Even if I happen to bald out two of them a summer it's still worth it.

    Helpful hint - seven fat bike tires do not fit so well into a single Ortlieb Backroller bag. And it makes the bike just a touch unbalanced...

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    Heck of a deal! Yeah, I'll be it was unbalanced. 7 lowish end fatbike tires, what's that...30 pounds. LOL.

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    I'm like 3 craigslist sales away from ordering a fatbike. WooHoo! Sold the 29er... a friend bought it and says he will keep the stickers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    I'm like 3 craigslist sales away from ordering a fatbike. WooHoo! Sold the 29er... a friend bought it and says he will keep the stickers.
    Hey, need some rubber for that fattie you're getting? I know a guy...

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    There is something just not right about being able to ice skate on any kind of hill. In my experience, you are supposed to go round n round to organ music, or perhaps back and forth chasing a puck if you are really good at it.

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    Took the dogs out to drain their energy: The Candid Cyclist: Wearing Out the Dogs (With video)
    Nice doggy report and video. I am also a fan of the year round hi-viz dog vest, so much easier to spot them at a glance in the woods. Mine has stayed out of trail trouble (deer) for over a month now (a new record), but the deep snowpack may have been of as much help as any training. We did a 10 mile fatbike on Sunday, I could not even get him to pant, but he was tired afterwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Heck of a deal! Yeah, I'll be it was unbalanced. 7 lowish end fatbike tires, what's that...30 pounds. LOL.
    I commuted once with an all steel SA 3 speed rim/hub combo strapped to my pack...I can feel his pain.

    Though...he missed a great opportunity to go all road warrior and strap the tires around his chest.

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    The ride in seemed like the start of spring. Sun was out in full blast, the snow is melting and puddling on the roads and by the time I got to work, it was 43F. I felt naked without my full gear on. Just did tights, wool socks and REGULAR SPD shoes and wind resistant gloves along with this Mammut cycling jacket I got. It was a fast ride in and I enjoyed it even though the bike got dirty.

    The ride home? Ehhhhhhhhh. 30F and since the roads were wet, it was hard to tell what was starting to ice up and what wasn't. There was some slush that was questionable and had me puckering a few times. It was alright, until my headlight went out. I thought that I had charged it, and I had not apparently. Last 2 miles were in the dark and luckily I took the main street route which at least had me on anything but a pitch black MUP. I took the turn lane and hoped for the best. Not much traffic on that road at almost midnight on a Monday night thankfully.

    Light is charging, and tomorrow is forecasted for a high of 53F. I might be one of those crazy Michigan guys wearing shorts on the ride. Might. At least for the ride in.
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    So, this happened on my commute home from work - It may not seem that aggravating to some, but it kinda ticked me of for a bit


    I'm riding along a 2-lane road that splits neighborhoods - something like This - southbound

    It's a pretty fast road (45?) but at least there is generally a good shoulder/bike lane

    A sputtering VW bug pulls along-side me and driver makes eye contact. He then gasses it forward and SLOWLY starts moving over in front of me - and slowing down.
    Behind him is apparently a car that is following him, as they are moving over too - but not really slowing down as much

    BTW its dusk, but I'm pretty well lit up - brighter than most things on the road

    So, the bug is creepin in to my travel ("bike lane"), and I'm hittin my brakes. I have a car behind me starting to get on my ass.
    And behind them are two big trucks going the speed limit.

    As I triple check my 6, to see about going into the lane/left of the bug, I can see that my window is too short.
    After the trucks pass, the bug is now stopped, and the car behind is almost stopped. I'm now basically track standing behind the bug like this [car]---ME-[Bug] - I'd guess 20' between the two

    Then I zip out and around and live to tell another story, But I, 1 (ONE) thought the guy in the bug to be quite the A-Hole - if your car is breaking down, hit the brakes, don't try to try to pass and pull over!

    Also, with that follow car crunching me in, I didn't know if I was getting set up!

    anyways, fcuk that part of my commute tonight
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Crazy, Highdelll. Hey, where have you been lately?

    Daylight savings time would be a lot better if the sun followed the rules too. I mean, if we all set our clocks ahead/back and the sun came up an hour earlier/later, then we`d still have screwed up sleep schedules, but at least we wouldn`t have to instantly get used to new light and temp situations twice per year. Maybe they could make that a new law?

    No riding for me again this weekend (makes about 70 in a row, I guess). I went camping in the low country. It got hot this afternoon- had to look for some shade.

    Quote Originally Posted by blockphi View Post
    Helpful hint - seven fat bike tires do not fit so well into a single Ortlieb Backroller bag. And it makes the bike just a touch unbalanced...
    Congratulations on the deal. Sorry I missed the show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wschruba View Post
    I commuted once with an all steel SA 3 speed rim/hub combo strapped to my pack...I can feel his pain.

    Though...he missed a great opportunity to go all road warrior and strap the tires around his chest.
    Or The Michelin Man

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    I'm like 3 craigslist sales away from ordering a fatbike. WooHoo! Sold the 29er... a friend bought it and says he will keep the stickers.
    Framed Alaskan Alloy? I'm seriously thinking the carbon bluto will be my next bike. I'll see what the price does over the summer. If I see it dip, I am in. With the carbon fork installed it will be my lightest mountain bike. I've bought the misses 3 nice bikes since my last (real) bike purchase in 2013.

    The trails were fantastic this morning. Good thing too because I spent all of last night fixing things I didn't know were wrong with the Pigsley. Who knew that the hubs on that were real balls and races? I did after they loosened to the point of falling apart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    After the trucks pass, the bug is now stopped, and the car behind is almost stopped. I'm now basically track standing behind the bug like this [car]---ME-[Bug] - I'd guess 20' between the two

    Then I zip out and around and live to tell another story
    I'd be pretty irate in that situation and probably would have stopped and had a conversation with the driver in the bug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    … A sputtering VW bug pulls along-side me and driver makes eye contact. He then gasses it forward and SLOWLY starts moving over in front of me - and slowing down. Behind him is apparently a car that is following him, as they are moving over too - but not really slowing down as much. BTW its dusk, but I'm pretty well lit up - brighter than most things on the road. So, the bug is creepin in to my travel ("bike lane"), and I'm hittin my brakes. I have a car behind me starting to get on my ass. And behind them are two big trucks going the speed limit…. After the trucks pass, the bug is now stopped, and the car behind is almost stopped. I'm now basically track standing behind the bug like this [car]---ME-[Bug] - I'd guess 20' between the two...
    Also, with that follow car crunching me in, I didn't know if I was getting set up!
    Sounds like Dumb and Dumber nursing and supporting getting an ailing old Bug home. Not all drivers are of above average intelligence. Moving such a car at dusk is unwise. Just dumb, not thinking ahead, and not coming up with good solutions. When things break you need over right now!

    I remember driving a U-Haul Truck under an overpass in a downpour in Michigan and the bridge's drains were plugged so I drove through this waterfall coming out and drowned the distributor cap. Sudden engine failure at 55 mph alongside an onramp leaves no viable options but to signal right and squeeze the entering traffic. No doubt I was thought to be quite the a$$hole. The difference is my power loss was instantaneous, whereas the sputtering Bug's driver had a lot of hints, though maybe it did not feel all that different until he got alongside.

    It is the guy behind who could have been shotgun for you and held the trucks off while you got around the bug on on your way, who is the bigger dolt of the pair. He/she had no idea that such a squeeze play would unnerve you. Motorists don't think that way if they don't ride.

    A lot of stupid and distracted drivers out there. Take care.

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    How quickly the tide turns. Save money on rubber only to have the chain break just a block from the bus stop. Of course, I don't have a chain tool or quick link with me. On Friday night I broke the chain and fortunately a guy on the ride had a quick link for me. I should have bought a new chain while I was out and about yesterday, but it seemed to be working just fine so no biggie. Then pop and it's done for. Of course, by this time the bus will be there in ten minutes, there is no bike shop within three miles of the bus stop and the bike shops in the valley are all closed on Mondays. I have chains and quick links at home, but all for 9 speed drive trains, not ten.

    What is a guy to do? I could have (should have) stayed at home and in bed this morning. Instead, I adjusted the Pugsley and am riding that. Definitely a different ride. I notice it most in the brakes and in the narrower handlebar. Of course, it's not dialed in for me any more - the seat position is a touch off and the handlebars could be raised a bit.

    I hate going to a different bike, but am dang glad I have the backup bike.

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    There is something just not right about being able to ice skate on any kind of hill. In my experience, you are supposed to go round n round to organ music, or perhaps back and forth chasing a puck if you are really good at it.
    The figure skaters are the ones that really know how to.

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    How was your commute today?

    First ride since mid december. Was icy icy with the days being +5 and nights -5. Took 45 minutes.... Co workers took that long to drive cause of a couple accidents jamming traffic. Probably have to take a different route home, the park i went threw was ice packed snow and in sure it will be slush because of the frozen foot prints everywhere
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    Speedy and silent! I pulled the 'cross bike (Fort Race) out of mothballs this morning, it had been there since early winter. Temps were about 20F. It felt great to go studless! There was quite a bit of ice, but apparently it had enough dirt mixed in to provide some traction. The Diadora Polaris shoes have proven themselves worthy for light winter and wet weather duty. I only have clipless pedals on the cross bike, so I have not tried them in colder weather. I think they are discontinued, but should you happen to see a closeout in your size, I recommend them.

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    First commute in about a week. Thanks northwesterners, for lending your cool, rainy weather. It was kinda nice. My feet were dry until I hit a puddle pulling into the parking lot. Hrmph, now my boots are wet and I'm probably gonna get foot fungus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    I'm probably gonna get foot fungus.
    OMG what a drama queen!

    OK, I just walked outside. It's 50 degrees. I think the trails are going to be a tad soft for the fatbike. Quite a change from the 15 it was this morning.

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    I say it endearingly. I actually think I might have athletes foot anyway. But for real, my boots are gonna get stanky. I worry for the sake of others.

    I was glad to be on the single speed. It was a much better day for it than Saturday when I road to the coffee shop because the trails were still icy and rutted. I'm still setting up the bb7s because I need to true my rotor, so the single speed is all I'm riding right now. Woo!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Speedy and silent! I pulled the 'cross bike (Fort Race) out of mothballs this morning, it had been there since early winter. Temps were about 20F. It felt great to go studless! There was quite a bit of ice, but apparently it had enough dirt mixed in to provide some traction. The Diadora Polaris shoes have proven themselves worthy for light winter and wet weather duty. I only have clipless pedals on the cross bike, so I have not tried them in colder weather. I think they are discontinued, but should you happen to see a closeout in your size, I recommend them.
    I bought a pair of those Diadoras, too. Perfect for in-between temps, I'd say. Although I have used them in 0 Fahrenheit and below, it was never for more than 2 hours and I won't say that my feet were exactly comfortable in those temps.

    Commute today: Winter's back seems to have been broken here in MN. With 60+ degrees today and very few puddles remaining I had to unzip my light jacket and stow the gloves. But my commute is a mere 15 minutes, at most, so I didn't have too much time to overheat. So nice out there, it seems impossible that it could snow again here this year. But that's not something I'd money on

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    ^^Nice! 45F on the way home here made for puddles galore, and you know that half of them are hiding killer potholes! I lucked out at one point, because if I'd stayed to the right as usual, I would have gotten totally drenched by a passing car...but I had to drop a package at Staples and had already moved into the left turn only lane for the shopping center when the car passed and sent an arc ot water toward the shoulder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Hey, where have you been lately?

    Pretty good - most commutes have been uneventful

    how 'bout yourself?
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    Daylight savings time would be a lot better if the sun followed the rules too. I mean, if we all set our clocks ahead/back and the sun came up an hour earlier/later, then we`d still have screwed up sleep schedules, but at least we wouldn`t have to instantly get used to new light and temp situations twice per year. Maybe they could make that a new law?
    I think the next time the adjust time - only do it by a half-hour, and leave it there
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kleebs View Post
    I'd be pretty irate in that situation and probably would have stopped and had a conversation with the driver in the bug.
    I thought about that in hindsight - I just wanted to get out of the situation - didn't know what was up
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    A lot of stupid and distracted drivers out there. Take care.
    Absolutely, and thanks!
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Great ride in although the weather was not as forecasted. It ended up being about 43F for the ride in, and I am not complaining. There was a massive fog this morning, so the roads and paths were damp with humidity. I didn't really care because again I rode in normal clothes and had normal gloves on.

    The ride home was alright, 40F and the roads were really wet, again from this fog that is starting to develop. I zig zagged my way across my route, avoiding streets that I knew were soaking wet because I saw them on the way to work. Rode the rest of my route, and one particular section pretty fast. Kept it moving and wasn't really worried about the roads at all. Got to the park, and got on the MUP, and that is all she wrote. I was trapped, sliding, half catching myself, half trying to pedal, and I went down. It was a sheet of ice. That is what I get for trying to short cut. No more MUP at night until the temps are higher and the snow is completely gone. I will have to resort to the main roads which is fine with me. Turned my Strava off when I got home and checked it, yep, got my first KOM. I was pretty happy because previously I was in 4th place on this section, and in the company of some pretty fast riders, two of them who I know personally. So on a fixed gear that is not totally dialed in, on wet roads in very cool weather, I managed to take the crown. I am pretty excited to see what it will be like in 3 months.
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    Weather has been wonderful this week. Much like others here, my commutes have been in the upper 30s in the morning and upper 40s in the evening. Glorious. My only issue is after months of temps from 0F - 20F, I don't remember how to dress for temps this warm and have found myself overheating a lot. Luckily I have a shower at work.

    My commuter was protesting its lack of maintenance on the ride home last night. Didn't want to stay in any gear other than the 11t, so I had to just grind it out. It was fine for one ride, but I need to pull out the surgery kit and get her up and running soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    I thought about that in hindsight - I just wanted to get out of the situation - didn't know what was up
    That's probably the more responsible reaction. You never know what some yahoos are up to, and getting boxed in on the shoulder between two cars when you have no backup would be unnerving.

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    After a complete and thorough safety inspection (pumped up the tires) I got the cross check out for the first road ride of the spring. The temp was right around 33F so I wasn't too worried about ice from the thaw/freeze cycle. It was nice.

    I tried a section of trail on the ride home. It turns out that there is still over a foot of snow packed in the trail. There was a lot of walking and a few times when I lost the fatbike tire to the axle. Other times I was able to ride. Trail riding should be available again on Friday morning.

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    This weather is absolutely nuts. Woke up to everything iced over, 100% humidity, and dense fog. It is clearing up now, but should be a repeat tonight. I will be better prepared for that tonight however. Supposed to hit the upper 40's later for the ride in so hopefully that gets this melted.
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    4F at the bus stop with some amazing northern lights out. 3 in town at the office. Felt a bit colder, but that could be due to riding so slowly because of all the ice on the trails. Was close to taking a road route to avoid the ice, but simply couldn't bring myself to do it - wasn't feeling up to the big hill along that route - a hill I used to do daily when I first moved up here. About 3/4 of a mile long with the last 10th of a mile being 15% or better grade to a stop light.

    Got the new chain put on the Farley, so the Pugs is back in the stable. Having ridden it again yesterday reminds me of what I like so much about that bike - the ride just feels so plush compared to the Farley. Though if I were to go back to it I would have to make some serious changes, starting with a longer stem, wider bars, and a set-back seatpost. From there I think I would probably go to a 2X10 drive train, which shocks me. I love the big ring on a 3X for the commute, but it felt like I was shifting all the time. I'd also have to swap to hydro brakes. There is just no comparison. Of course, I would want to swap wheels as well. The way the bike is set up now, I felt a bit like a circus bear on a little kid's bike while riding. Most of that was due to the saddle being not adjusted quite right and the bar being set too low.

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    howdy Highdelll...you still in Redding?

    A drizzle today, but not enough to be a factor. Dark out there. And no sunrise because of the cloud cover.

    Yesterday is the big news.... sold off the 29er and a boat load of Jeep parts, and was about $500 away from ordering my fatbike...But that craigslist can be a dangerous thing.

    Finding an XL frame on Craigslist has proven to be quite a challenge over the years.
    Finding a Fatbike that didn't sell within 8 hours of posting is also a rarity.

    ...So a dude exactly my height selling a one year old XL Mukluk because of unforseen circumstances in desperate need of unloading it at a loss... not gonna happen, right?
    Must have been my lucky day. Made the 80 mile drive and snagged it yesterday afternoon from Rodar's territory.

    He had a spare set of tires and the frame bag that he threw in also. Looks like the bag will fit the Ogre perfectly also. I might have to give it a try even though I am very vocal about how I hate having stuff strapped to the bike.

    I've been reading about putting this thing on a diet... going to tackle drilling out the rims and will definitely convert to tubeless... I can tell this is going to be a hoot to ride though.

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    ^^Congrats CB! I guess that answered the question of whether you are getting the Framed Alaskan Alloy. Make sure you aren't drilling double walled rims to create a place for mud to pack.

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    Wow, that's a fantastic score.

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    ^^ Under a grand. Be jealous. Be very jealous.

    Bedwards, they're the Surly Darryls, which are apparently super common to drill out... single wall. At least based on my brief research.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    ^^ Under a grand. Be jealous. Be very jealous.

    Bedwards, they're the Surly Darryls, which are apparently super common to drill out... single wall. At least based on my brief research.
    Yup, lots of folks drill them out and they are single wall. Oddly, I've run across a few people who have drilled out double-wall Large Marge wheels. Packing the rim full of mud and snow always seemed like a big issue with that, but... who knows?

    Congrats on the Muk. Good find.

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    Brace yourselves fatbike commuters... the questions are sure to be coming.
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    Ah, twitter.

    Someone locally asked "Why do the cyclists insist on pushing the pedestrian lights to cross but cry about bike lanes? One or the other."

    Someone wisely responded that we don't have any bikelanes, which is why we have to use pedestrian lights.

    My comment was "Is it illegal to push pedestrian light sensors now? I see drivers do it all the time."

    And the OP's response was "it actually is"

    Just to be clear, we're talking about intersections with lights, where there is a button to request a light change. Around here some of these intersections may have a vehicle sensor (which probably wouldn't detect bikes anyway), but many only change if you press the button. And I often do see people jump out of cars to press the buttons.

    Here's one example - you don't have a redlight, so you could wait for a break in traffic, but if you actually want traffic to stop you have to push the button. (and just to be clear, pushing the button does not instantly change the light...it's synced to major intersections so you're usually waiting a light-cycle).

    Why the **** does this matter to a driver? And why does it matter so much that he's convinced himself that it's illegal for cyclists to do this? It's a red light. It doesn't matter why it's a red light. Just stop your ****ing car and stop being a whiny baby.

    This is why when I dismount and press the button to cross at a marked, lit crosswalk, car after car will go screaming through - because they're pretty darn sure that I don't count.

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    I think it was 60F when I left work yesterday. Was hungry, got tacos, went home, profit!
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    Congrats CB, that is fat-tastic!

    Newf, just so you know, that is really weird. We have several of those ped-request buttons at lights, and I have yet to see a driver get out out the car to press the button. I don't press them either, I just wait for the green.

    I wrote some Poetry in Motion this morning on the ride in, mostly derogatory, so perhaps it is best I got too busy at work and did not write it down or share it. I only recall it included a line that rhymed with truck and something that rhymed with mist, and one that rhymed with pass, you can fill in the *!@#$!

    Tonight I got a free shower from a passing car, but I was dirtier afterwards (also spitting salt water). A lane-wide puddle appeared just before a light, and I moved into the lane, hoping this would signal "please don't splash me", but if it did, they did not heed my request. They zoomed around as the light turned red, totally drenching me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Just to be clear, we're talking about intersections with lights, where there is a button to request a light change. Around here some of these intersections may have a vehicle sensor (which probably wouldn't detect bikes anyway), but many only change if you press the button.
    Indiana had a law that a motorcycyclist can proceed as if the light is a stop sign after 2 minutes with no response. They have now done the same for all road users. Before, there was a "malfunctioning light" law, but no doubt a cyclist could still get ticketed when the light was never going to pick up the bike and have to fight it in court. Still, you then have to get a break in traffic. I see no issue with pushing a pedestrian button to get the response that the lights should have given a cyclist in the first place.

    Some people have too much time on their hands and not enough problems in their lives, I guess.

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    ^Nice bike! I'm a fan of red+black bikes. Sounds like it was meant to be. Enjoy it!

    Mtbxplorer- all I can say is "GAH!!" Can't believe a person would splash you like that! May karma get them good if there was any intentionality to it!

    I had a nice commute today, (#6 for the year, goal is 100) still unseasonably warm here at 60 or thereabouts with full sun.

    After work, the Mrs gave me leave to ride s'more. So I pulled a wheel and a seatpost off my 26er off-roader and stuffed it into the car with the back seat folded down. Got to my destination and- D'oh!- realized that in my haste the seatpost/seat didn't make the trip!

    No matter, I said to myself, gonna do something here anyways. So I worked on the hills some. Had to hop off and push when I missed the seat too much on the ups. Gravel paths, since the trails are still wet. Anyways, ride salvaged! That was interesting
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